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Global Design Program for Schools | Cultural Exchange | 3D Design Project

Makers Empire is used in schools in over twenty countries around the world, including Australia, the USA, China, England, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong SAR, and Vietnam.

Makers Empire’s Global Design Program pairs together Makers Empire schools in different countries and challenges their students to work collaboratively to design solutions.

First, a teacher at a Makers Empire schools across the globe is connected with a teacher from another Makers Empire school in another country. They discuss and agree on a collaborative project that will enhance their student learning. Their students then use Makers Empire’s 3D design software to solve challenges based on real-world situations, needs, opportunities and problems.

As the classes work together to solve their challenge and meet their learning goals, the students gain a new understanding of another country and culture and forge new friendships.

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Benefits of Participating in the Global Design Program

  • Student engagement – students love working on projects with other students!
  • Cultural exchange – the opportunity for students to learn about another country’s culture, customs and people
  • Global citizens – students develop empathy and understanding for students from another country
  • Student collaboration – students working together to achieve a common goal
  • Communication skills – students learn how to communicate effectively with people from another country, both orally and in writing, using online tools
  • Build friendships – students can continue their friendship both online in the app and offline
  • Teachers expand their professional network
  • Teachers learn together with colleagues from around the world
  • Opportunity for teachers to share their learning with colleagues via the Makers Empire website

Global Design Challenge Examples

In September and October 2018, students from Country View & Stoner Prairie Elementary School partnered with students from St Michaels College in South Australia for a Global Design Program. Check out the awesome video they made.

Grade seven students from Immanuel College in Adelaide, South Australia and ISA International School in Guangzhou, China, teamed up for the three-month City Exchange Project. The students worked together to investigate the key factors that make up a liveable city. Learn more.

Year 5 students from Nima School in Tehran, Iran, collaborated with Year 6 students from St Michael’s College in Adelaide, South Australia. The students were challenged to use their design skills to help students in another country find out more about the country they live in. The boys in both classes began by generating as many ideas as they could about buildings and structures that have cultural and historical significance in each country. Learn more.

Global Design Program Project Ideas

Design iconic buildings and structures from your own country and exchange them with students in another country.
Design 3D creatures or monsters for students in another class to print out and vice-versa. The students could create a photo diary of activities that they do with their creatures or monsters to give their peers an insight into their daily lives.
Design different components of a city or a space station separately and bring them together to complete the design.
Identify a problem in your schools or communities and put your heads together to solve it.

Express Your Interest in the Global Design Program

The Global Design Program is open to all current Makers Empire school customers.

Simply fill out the form to express your school’s interest in participating in a Global Design Program.

A member of the Makers Empire learning team will soon be in touch.with you regarding next steps.