This new challenge by Makers Empire celebrates the contributions and achievements of the Chinese community in Australia – both past and present – via a new, interactive Challenge Course in the Makers Empire 3D design app as well as a national competition with prizes for schools and students.
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Who are some of the Chinese-Australians included in this program?
Notable Chinese-Australians featured in the in-app Celebrating Chinese Australians Challenge Course are: MasterChef Winner Adam Liaw; Senator The Hon. Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs; cookbook author and TV chef, Elizabeth Chong; pioneering heart surgeon, Victor Chang; fashion designer Jenny Kee; the first Chinese-Australian barrister, William Ah Ket; the first woman to incorporate a business in SA, Ms Gladys Sym Choon; and traditional Chinese medicine practitioner and herbalist, Kwong Sue Duk.
Other Chinese-Australians profiled in the teacher and parent guides include: author Alice Pung AO; former Mayor of Adelaide Alfred Huang AM; tech entrepreneur and Young Australian of the Year winner, Marita Cheng; writer and illustrator, Shaun Tan; former SBS News presenter, Lee Lin Chin; mathematician and Fields medal winner, Terence Tao; and pioneering journalist Helene Chung.
A total of 10 schools in Australia will be awarded a Makers Empire school subscription for 12 months ($1,999) plus a 3D printer package ($1,499). Prizes will be awarded to:
The student who submits the top design from each state and territory wins:
3 x runners-up in each state & territory will receive:
Mandi is an award-winning educator who works with schools to help teachers develop Design Thinking, embrace maker pedagogy and cover Design & Technology Curriculum. She is an international specialist on Design Thinking and the use of 3D design and 3D printing in education and has led rollouts of 3D technology to groups of 200+ schools in Australia, the USA and the UAE.
Mark is a fifth-generation Chinese Australian and a co-founder of the Museum of Chinese Australian History. He has a degree in visual arts.
Michelle is an experienced educator who has taught in many school settings, both across Australia and internationally, spending six years as an assistant principal in NSW. She has worked as a primary school librarian, taught specialised classes of high potential and gifted students, and delivered digital technologies lessons across all primary school grades.
Latitia Chow has spent the past 10 + years as an project manager and marketer working across education, government, consulting and FMCG sectors in Australia, China, and Hong Kong. Her mission is to facilitate the exchange and build people-to-people connections in the Australia-China space.
Thank you to the the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations (NFACR) for funding this project
The National Foundation for Australia-China Relations is a national platform working across government, business and community to promote mutual understanding and practical cooperation with China, and promote the contributions of Chinese-Australians to Australia. It demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to a mutually respectful relationship with China, one that is shaped by a strong sense of Australia’s values and national interests, as well as mutual benefit. The Foundation runs an annual grants program supporting Australian individuals and organisations to develop, promote and strengthen understanding and engagement between Australia and China, including at the business and community level.
Thank you to the Chinese Museum and The History Trust of SA for providing expert consultation and access to their collections
The Museum of Chinese Australian History (Chinese Museum) is located in Melbourne’s Chinatown, within the oldest surviving Chinatown streetscape in the Western World. A historic building of five floors shows the national history, heritage and identity of Chinese Australians past and present as part of Australia’s contemporary multicultural society – with the first Chinese migrant arriving in 1818 growing to today’s population of 1.4 million or 5% of Australia’s population.
The History Trust of South Australia is exactly what our name implies. We carry the community’s trust to keep safe our state’s stories and memory collections so that they will not be lost. Our Act of Parliament safeguards South Australia’s material cultural heritage, encourages research, and enables the public presentation of South Australian history, to better understand our past and present, and keep our history safe for future generations too.
Celebrating Chinese Australians is a non-political education program that aims to promote multiculturalism and unity. This program celebrates the contributions and achievements of the Chinese community in Australia – both past and present. It does this via a new, interactive Challenge Course in the Makers Empire 3D design app, a national competition with prizes for schools and students and accompanying learning resources for teachers and families.
The challenge has been designed for grades 3-6 students.
Yes, absolutely! The Celebrating Chinese Australians Challenge Course and competition is open to all school students in Years 3-6. Teachers may register their class or groups of students for the program. Individual students may also register to participate, regardless of whether their school is registered to take part.
Students who participate in this challenge will:
This program is funded by The National Foundation for Australia-China Relations, a national platform working across government, business and community to promote mutual understanding and practical cooperation with China, and promote the contributions of Chinese-Australians to Australia. Makers Empire has partnered with the Chinese Museum and the History Trust of SA to deliver this program.
Yes. It aligns with these specific Curriculum Learning Outcomes:
Register now for Celebrating Chinese Australians to be sent login details and resources for this free challenge for primary and middle school students.