As someone who attended the Future Learners conference and connected with us there, you understand the learning potential of 3D technology.
Makers Empire helps schools maximise the learning potential of 3D technology, cover Design & Technologies curriculum, and teach Design Thinking, STEM concepts and 21st-century learning skills. Teachers are supported by comprehensive resources, easy to use software and class management tools, professional development, and ongoing support provided by Makers Empire’s customer service team.
Hajnalka Molloy is the Leader of Campus Library and Information Services at Aberfoyle Park Primary Campus in Australia, President of the School Library Association of SA and a Makers Empire Ambassador. She has been a Teacher Librarian for 19 years and loves her role and its dynamic and complex nature. She has dual qualifications as both a teacher and a librarian and has worked in various sites including regional Australia and low socioeconomic schools. Here she shares her experience as a librarian using Makers Empire across multiple school campuses.
Jane Edwards is a teacher of 30 years plus experience and a Makers Empire Ambassador. She is currently working in two Catholic schools – she is a year 3 teacher at St Thomas School & Preschool and a STEM teacher at St Patrick’s School. At both schools, Jane has used technology to add to projects of investigation. We spoke with Jane about how she’s using Makers Empire in the classroom. Jane has always had a love for technology in the classroom – she is a classic early adopter. “I’ve always loved getting in on the ground floor,” she says.
Using Makers Empire 3D printing learning program has resulted in a few unexpected — and extremely positive — outcomes for students at St Michaels School. Kate Tyrwhitt is the R-7 Visual Arts Teacher and Student Services Teacher at St Michaels, an all boys school in South Australia with a strong focus on learning and technology. We recently spoke with Kate about how she is using Makers Empire 3D printing learning program in the classroom.
Makers Empire’s Learning by Design course was the subject of a recent Macquarie University research study on makerspaces in primary school settings.
The research study examined how maker activities using 3D design and 3D printing technology could enhance learning and teaching outcomes.
The recently published research study report reveals 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.
All of the 24 classroom teachers who participated in the focus group expressed a desire to integrate 3D design-based makerspaces into their future classes.
The Andy Thomas Space Foundation and Makers Empire previously announced an exciting Australia-first pilot program for primary schools, to deliver education in awareness of space career opportunities. There are nine pilot schools: Ascot Park Primary School, Clovelly Park Primary School, Gilles Street Primary School, Mercedes College, Tenison Woods Catholic School, Concordia College, Streaky Bay Area School, Port Broughton Area School & Ardrosson Area School.
This guest post was written by Kate Tyrwhitt, Visual Arts Teacher at St Michael’s College in Australia and a Makers Empire Ambassador. Kate has a background in Fine Arts and adopts a creative approach to teaching primary school children. She is a frequent presenter at education conferences and her innovative approach to teaching was recently recognised with the 2018 Digital Technologies Teacher of the Year Award from EdTech SA.
Makers Empire recently concluded a professional development project for five Catholic schools in Sydney focused on STEM learning via 3D design and 3D printing. Mary Immaculate Primary School, St Anthony of Padua Catholic College, St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Primary School, Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic Primary School and Marion Catholic Primary School complete Makers Empire’s 20-hour Learning by Design course together.
As a thank you for connecting with us at the EdTechSA conference, receive 20% off the usual price when you purchase a Makers Empire’s School Subscription or Makers Empire 3D Printer Package. Use this special discount code — Future Learners — when requesting a quotation for Makers Empire to qualify. This offer won’t last so don’t delay – sign up today!