3D Printing: Design Thinking for Schools | DATTA Victoria Conference

We are happy to have connected with you at the recent DATTA Victoria Makerspace conference.
Below please find Makers Empire information and a special offer for conference attendees.


The Makers Empire Difference

Makers Empire 3D – world’s easiest to use 3D software

Start designing in 3D in minutes – no CAD experience necessary! Makers Empire 3D works on all devices and can be used by students as young as 4 years old.

“Makers Empire is friendly towards all ability groups and helps engage students who are less motivated to be working in the classroom. It gives students the opportunity to be creative and learn by trial and error in a digital format… I have many teacher friends and have actually shown them the program and they are all very impressed.”
Aaron Vigor, Teacher
Yankallila Area School, AUSTRALIA

Makers Empire Teacher Dashboard

Makes organising students and classes a breeze! Monitor your students’ progress, leave feedback on their designs and reward their good work.

“We loved the Teacher (Dashboard) with its support, ideas and integration of the Australian Curriculum. A great way to expose our students to this rapidly emerging technology that will have a significant impact on their lives”
Stephen Corcoran, Director of Digital Learning
St Stephen’s School, AUSTRALIA

Makers Empire Curriculum

Be guided, supported and inspired by our expert learning team. Makers Empire’s innovative curriculum gives you an engaging and powerful means of teaching design and technology curriculum and offers exciting opportunities to develop your student’s design thinking skills. Makers Empire curriculum is aligned to the The Australian Curriculum, Common Core State Standards, ISTE Standards for Educators, and NGSS.

“I found Makers Empire to be incredibly user-friendly. In particular, it was very “school” friendly… You could very successfully use Makers Empire without ever actually printing anything (but it is a lot more fun and exciting when you can print it!)… All unit plans have direct links to the curriculum including the Digital Technologies curriculum. The deeper I delve into using Makers Empire the more opportunities I see for using Maths in an authentic manner.”
Hajnalka Molloy, Leader of Campus Library and Information Services
Aberfoyle Park Primary Campus, AUSTRALIA

Innovative professional development

Gain a deeper understanding of the exciting field of Maker Pedagogy. Learn how to meaningfully integrate 3D design and printing in your classroom. Be inspired by the transformative power of Design Thinking. Our self-paced, on-demand, 13-part professional development series designed for teachers by teachers makes it easy!

“This was the best PD that I have been involved in for ages… This whole project has been inspiring for teachers and students in empowering students to become changemakers. Our students were so engaged and excited about solving a real-world problem… The fact that they could see they could help someone through their own design, meant their learning was authentic and valued,”
Bianca Laister, Deputy Principal
Birdwood Primary School, AUSTRALIA


You shouldn’t need to be a tech expert to be able to utilise 3D design and printing in your classroom. Our friendly support team provides ongoing and timely support whenever you need it so you can keep doing what you do best – teaching!

“Thanks… really appreciate your time. I’m now looking forward to getting the kids stuck into some serious design projects!”
Joe Grabin, 3rd Grade Teacher
North Melbourne Primary School, AUSTRALIA
Learn more about ongoing support

Our Evidence-Based Learning Approach

Makers Empire’s Learning by Design course was the subject of a recent Macquarie University research study on makerspaces in primary school settings.

The collaborative research project focused on the impact of maker pedagogies in K-2 settings through the provision of Makers Empire’s Learning by Design course, a blended teacher professional development program and the use of high-quality 3D modelling and printing tools.

Learning by Design is endorsed by the NSW Education Standards Authority, contributing 20 hours of NESA Registered PD from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


The research study report revealed the compelling benefits of this type of learning for primary educators and showed that makerspaces can be highly effective at developing children’s creativity, critical thinking, design thinking and digital skills.

Students were highly engaged with the 3D technology, and the idea of solving genuine design challenges – it helped boost their confidence and resilience when dealing with setbacks, particularly for those less capable students.

Teachers became more comfortable with technology and more collaborative and flexible in their teaching. Furthermore, all of the participating teachers expressed a desire to integrate 3D design-based makerspaces into their future classes.

Start Your Extended 2-Months Free Trial 

For a limited time, we’re offering every teacher who attends the DATTA Victoria Makerspaceconference an extended, 2-month trial of Makers Empire. That’s 2 MONTHS FREE to see for yourself how Makers Empire can help you to teach STEAM, develop 21st-century learning skills and engage ALL students. Simply fill in this form to get your trial. Use this event code: DATTAVIC-EXTENDED


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As a thank you for connecting with us at DATTA VIC, receive up to 25% off the usual price when you purchase a Makers Empire’s School Subscription or Makers Empire 3D Printer Package. Use this special discount code — DATTAVIC2019 — when buying online or requesting a quotation for Makers Empire to qualify. This offer won’t last so don’t delay – sign up today!

  • Easy to use 3D modeling software
  • Teacher’s Dashboard for easy class management
  • 130+ lesson plans aligned to the Australian Curriculum, American Common Core standards, ISTE standards for educators and Next Generation Science standards
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Ongoing support
  • Optional 3D printer packages
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