Custom Packages for Education Departments, Education Boards & School Districts
Makers Empire offers customised professional Design Thinking and 3D Printing learning programs for education departments, education ministries, education boards, school districts, large groups of schools, and education initiatives, tailored to suit individual needs and objectives.
Our customised solutions are designed to help teachers integrate design thinking by using 3D printing and design as an everyday classroom tool. Through our professional learning programs, teachers learn how to use 3D and design to transform the way they teach students STEM subjects and help them develop important design thinking and 21st-century learning skills.
With multi-school programs, Makers Empire and its partners can deliver significant, systemic change and help equip K-8 students with the skills and attitudes they’ll need to not only survive but thrive in the future. We’ve worked with thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students so we have the experience, the skills and the team to deliver a successful, customised learning program for you.
To achieve the country-wide rollout, Makers Empire will provide curriculum, 3D software (Makers Empire 3D), teacher resources, training and support to Ibtikar so the company can train MoE teachers to successfully deliver the new program. This transfer of knowledge and skills in Design Thinking and Maker pedagogy is integral to the program’s success and the MoE teachers’ professional development.
“Through this rollout of 3D technology, our students will learn to reframe needs as actionable statements and to create solutions to real-world problems. In doing so, our students will develop an important growth mindset, the skills they need to make their world better and the essential ability to persist when encountering setbacks.”
– HE Eng. AbdulRahman United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education
CUSTOM PROGRAM 2: WORLDWIDE
Makers Empire is partnering again with Polar 3D and GE to deliver the GE Additive Education Program in 2018. Together, we are providing access to 3D technology and curriculum to 600 elementary, middle and high schools around the world.
The GE Additive Education Program’s (AEP) 2018 cycle awarded 3D printing package to more than 600 primary and secondary schools in 30 countries who did not previously have access to 3D printing technology. Each package includes 3D printing hardware, software and science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum including Makers Empire.
“Through our Additive Education Program, GE aims to help build a strong pipeline of additive manufacturing skills – starting from the classroom – so that the next generation are on the front foot to take on future manufacturing opportunities,”
– Wouter Van Wersch, President and CEO
CUSTOM PROGRAM 3: SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Makers Empire has partnered with the Department of Education in SA for the last three years to deliver the ‘3D Printing in Schools’ project to South Australian primary schools.
In 2018, teachers from 100 primary schools across the state of South Australia will undertake Makers Empire’s Learning by Design course. In July 2018, almost 50 of the schools held a Showcase Day to exchange ideas and celebrate learning.
In 2017, teachers from 50 schools in South Australia completed the earning by Design course. The pilot was run with teachers from around 20 schools in 2016.
“The DECD-Makers Empire partnership is an excellent example of businesses working with school communities to develop learning experiences that involve students in real-world problem solving and challenges them to engage with the critical and creative thinking required to be the future innovators of South Australia,”
– Linda Olifent, Director of Primary Learners
Department of Education and Child Development (SA)
CUSTOM PROGRAM 4: LITHUANIA, EUROPE
In 2017, over 2,000 students from 88 schools in Lithuania took part in a Makers Empire 3D Design Challenge to create their own 3D maze.
Students were tasked with the challenge of designing a 3D marble run style maze using Makers Empire 3D software. The top three designers won a 3D printer and a one-year subscription of Makers Empire for their school.
The 2,000 students+ participating in the Design Challenge created 4,920 designs in total. Of these, 663 were considered high-quality designs – a record achievement!
The mission of co-organiser, Coded Success — to provide children access to future technology — was certainly achieved with this great partnership.
“Prior to the pilot most of our schools were struggling to understand how to integrate 3D design and printing into cross-curricula activities. The Makers Empire pilot has provided the beacon for schools to follow that are opening opportunities for students that simply were not on the table before the pilot… We were impressed that they were addressing the use of 3D printing… as a true curriculum enabling tool. We simply had not found anyone else doing the work required to create quality educational activities. The team that they have assembled has the right mix of technologists and educators to create both a platform and a curriculum that will enhance innovation, creativity and technology in our schools,”
– Professor Stan Silverman, Director
New York Information Technology Based Learning Systems
Makers Empire 3D
The world’s easiest to use 3D design software. No CAD experience necessary.
Curriculum-Aligned Lesson Plans
Challenge and inspire your students with 130+ engaging lesson ideas.
Professional Development for Teachers
Learn more about Design Thinking and Maker Pedagogy.
Easy Class Management
Spend less time managing students’ work and more time teaching!
Makes assessing, guiding and rewarding your students’ efforts quick and effective.
Questions? Feedback? Our team is here to help you succeed, 24/7.
Our packages for groups of schools can be customised to your particular learning goals. We can help with custom planning and implementation as well as tailored professional development, support and training for teachers. Our packages can include Showcase Days for teachers and students to share their learning as well as 3D printing hardware including 3D printers and 3D printing filament. Our printer sales include training and ongoing support, too, so you’ll never be left stuck with a hardware issue.
“I just wanted to pass on my congratulations to you and your team at Makers Empire for yesterday’s 3D printing showcase. It was a fantastic event, so thoughtfully planned for the children. It was so lovely to see the children’s genuine excitement and their ability to articulate their learning was fantastic. From a design perspective, it was great to see the variety of design thinking models employed and the understanding of student voice and authentic problems to solve has really surfaced. The quality of the children’s work was outstanding and I can see the potential ( as I am sure you can) for entrepreneurship skills to kick in. Some of their solutions and designs have the potential for marketing and it would be lovely for the students to see them progress further.”
– Karen Hogan, Education Manager,
Department of Education (SA), AUSTRALIA.
Learning outcomes for students
Watch these inspiring videos made by teachers and students who took part in a custom professional learning course in 2017 and 2018.
How Woodville Gardens PS Students Helped Senior Citizens with 3D Printing
How Reynella PS Students Helped Their Groundsperson Keep His Phone Safe with 3D Printing
How Forbes Primary School students use 3D Printing to create custom bag tags
How Prospect PS Students Created an Accessible Playground for ALL Students with 3D Printing
How West Lakes Shore School Students Solved Problems at School with 3D Printing
How Students at Richmond PS Learned English By Creating 3D Printed Furniture for a Doll House
Professional Learning Team Leader
Mandi Dimitriadis is Director of Learning Improvement at Makers Empire. Mandi has worked with professional learning providers in Australia and the USA to design and deliver professional learning courses on problem-based learning and design thinking.
She has led Australian Curriculum professional learning and pedagogical change programs in various roles for the Department for Education and Child Development, South Australia (SA). Mandi is an experienced primary, junior primary, pre-school, and special education teacher. Previously, she managed education programs at the SA Maritime Museum.
“…wonderful day. I heard a few teachers talking about this being the best professional learning day they have done in their careers! Great job, we are planning to share with the Governing Council and run a parent information night to follow this up,”
– Grant Small, Principal
Grange Primary School, AUSTRALIA.
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