At Makers Empire, we’re inspired every day by the amazing educators who engage, guide and teach elementary, primary and middle school students using Makers Empire. So today we thought we’d share a collection of recent social media posts by teachers in America and Australia who are using Makers Empire to teach Design Thinking, STEM and 21st-century learning skills. If you’re on social media, consider following these engaging teachers for more inspiration and great lesson ideas.
1. Catapult Fun
#3Dprinted #candycatapult from the @MakersEmpire design challenges in the @Polar3D cloud. She went through several iterations to get the arm to pivot smoothly. That’s what the design process is all about! #STEAMLab @happyhydepark @IamCPS #CPSandMe #GE3DPrint @GEAdditive @GCSCSTEM pic.twitter.com/zf0NtEUTms
— Jessica Hughes (@jesshug5715) March 19, 2019
We love hearing about students going through several iterations of a design created in Makers Empire to arrive at a satisfactory solution. Learning to persist after setbacks is essential for future success.
2. Happy Kids, Happy Teacher
— Rosehill Kinders (@KindersRosehill) March 26, 2019
These smiling faces! Happy, engaged kids learn more and make teaching a pleasure.
3. Never Stop Learning
— Samantha Newth (@NewthSamantha) March 22, 2019
We know we’re doing something right when kids simply don’t want to stop learning with Makers Empire.
4. Going Deeper with Bubble Wands
— Karie Huttner (@huttnerk) March 10, 2019
Karie is a prolific blogger, sharing regular updates about her classroom experiences with Makers Empire and 3D printing. Here, she shares a recent task she gave her students to extend their learning.
5. Professional Development for Teachers
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Spending the day with @makersempire to investigate Makers Pedagogy, implement design thinking in our teaching and learning programs and upskill our staff in 3D printing! ?? . #teachinglife #teaching #iteach #iteachtoo #teachersofig #teachersofinstagram #teachaus #teachersfollowteachers #school #teacher #yearfour #year4 #iteachfour #teachaus #teachersfollowteachers #fun #love #aussieteachers #aussieteachertribe #aussieteacher #teacherlife #teachertribe #teacherfriends #earlychildhoodeducation #learning #vsco #vscocam
Makers Empire offers popular blended professional learning courses for teachers that include face-to-face professional development as well as showcase days for teachers and students to share the learning. Seeing the progress teachers make over the course of a term always makes us smile.
6. Learning with Our Buddies
We love it when teachers pair two classes together for a buddy class on 3D printing. Learning with a friend is fun, plus, the older students love the opportunity to help teach the younger students.