Happy Holidays from Makers Empire | 2019 Recap

As the festive season in Australia approaches, we’d like to wish all our teachers, students, supporters and partners a wonderfully relaxing and joyful holiday season.

If you’ve had a busy year like us, you’ll be looking forward to some time off to rest, reconnect with family and friends and to recharge your batteries.

This year, the Makers Empire learning team has been busy delivering professional development to teachers all over the world, presenting at conferences, designing curriculum, lesson plans and rubrics, creating new professional development courses, leading research studies into Makers Empire and helping to provide the teacher’s perspective in product development discussions.

At the same time, our tech and user experience teams have been working hard to improve the Makers Empire 3D design app and Teacher’s Dashboard. Our team members visit Makers Empire schools almost every week to test new and improved app features, to trial new workflows and processes and to observe student and teacher usage of Makers Empire. If you’re a teacher at a Makers Empire school we consider you a valued partner and stakeholder – your feedback is absolutely invaluable to us.

Meanwhile, our business team has been flat out exploring new business opportunities, trialling ways to improve our processes, promoting and sharing school case studies and teacher interviews, and making sure that we’re on track to fulfil our company mission, goals and KPIs.

Below we’ve highlighted some of Makers Empire’s key dates and achievements in 2019. Simply click on the story heading or image to learn more.

2019
NSW Schools Join Together for Maker Pedagogy Network Project
NSW Schools Join Together for Maker Pedagogy Network Project

Following the successful 2017-2018 Macquarie University research project into primary school makerspaces with the Department of Education NSW and three NSW public schools, 14 NSW schools will be part of the first NSW Maker Pedagogy Network Project (MPNP) to begin in Term 1, 2019. The MPNP is designed to develop sustainable and scaleable models of professional learning that lead to effective implementation of maker pedagogies, STEM learning outcomes and improvement in students’ critical, creative and Design Thinking abilities.

Phase 4 of the 3D Printing Project in Schools With The SA Department for Education
Phase 4  of the 3D Printing Project in Schools With The SA Department for Education

The fourth year of this successful partnership between the Department for Education (SA), Makers Empire and participating schools will see 100 more schools complete Makers Empire's Learning by Design course. By the end of 2019, 270 South Australian schools with a primary enrolment will have completed Makers Empire's popular blended professional learning course. Designed to engage students in STEM using 3D technology, the 3D Printing in Primary Schools project is a joint...

Celebrating 10 million maze runs in new Maze Mania game creator
Celebrating 10 million maze runs in new Maze Mania game creator

Makers Empire is celebrating 10 million maze runs by students in its new Maze Mania game. Launched last October as a game creator within the Makers Empire 3D design app, Maze Mania lets students create their own 3D mazes for their friends and peers to try to complete. Within a month of launch, students had attempted 1 million maze runs in Maze Mania and now, after six months, students have reached 10 million maze runs, confirming the game’s ongoing popularity with Makers Empire’s 500,000+ student users.

Denver Public School District Chooses Makers Empire
Denver Public School District Chooses Makers Empire

Denver Public Schools is teaming up with Makers Empire to help its teachers integrate 3D technology into their classrooms. Denver Public Schools is a large district with almost 200 schools in the United States of America. Denver Public Schools’ technology coordinators, Stephanie and Kathleen, had identified a need to provide interested teachers within the district the opportunity to engage in 3D printing. So they researched possible solutions and ended up approaching Makers Empire.

Makers Empire’s Teaching by Design Course endorsed by NESA
Makers Empire’s Teaching by Design Course endorsed by NESA

Makers Empire is delighted to announce that a new Makers Empire course, Teaching by Design, has been endorsed by the New South Wales (NSW) Education Standards Authority at the Highly Åccomplished Teacher level. In NSW, all teachers currently need to undertake 20 hours of professional development each year to maintain their professional accreditation. Teaching by Design is a 10-hour professional learning blended course which builds on our popular Learning by Design course.

8 million designs made using Makers Empire 3D!
8 million designs made using Makers Empire 3D!

Students make 50,000 new 3D designs using Makers Empire every day.

Makers Empire used by 850,000 students and 16,000 teachers in 1,000 schools
Makers Empire used by 850,000 students and 16,000 teachers in 1,000 schools

Makers Empire is being used by 850,000+ students and 16,000+ teachers in 1,000+ elementary, primary and middle schools around the world. Makers Empire is now used in forty countries around the world.

Makers Empire and Adelaide University Deliver Prototyping with 3D Printing Course
Makers Empire and Adelaide University Deliver Prototyping with 3D Printing Course

Following their successful prototyping with 3D printing short course, Makers Empire will be again partnering with the University of Adelaide to deliver a new 3D printing prototyping course for postgraduate students. 3D Print Prototyping is being offered in term 4 of 2019 at the North Terrace campus. It counts as 3 units towards a postgraduate degree. In this course, students will be introduced to a basic overview of additive manufacturing technologies and the prototyping options available.

State Finalist in Telstra Business Awards 2019
State Finalist in Telstra Business Awards 2019

We are thrilled that Makers Empire has been recognised as a State Finalist in the 2019 Telstra Business Awards for the Social Change Maker category. Social Change Makers are organisations where a positive social impact is at the core of their purpose. 21,000 businesses were nominated for the awards, putting Makers Empire in the top 0.8% of nominated businesses.

Mandi Dimitriadis, Director of Learning at Makers Empire, Wins 2019 Winnovation Award
Mandi Dimitriadis, Director of Learning at Makers Empire, Wins 2019 Winnovation Award

We’re thrilled to announce that Mandi Dimitriadis, our wonderful Director of Learning, was declared the winner of the 2019 Winnovation Award in the 'Open' category at a Gala Dinner in Adelaide on October 3rd, 2019. Congratulations, Mandi!! The Winnovation Awards showcase and celebrate the successes of female innovators changing the game in South Australia. Mandi was a finalist in the same awards in 2018. Mandi says, "It was such a thrill to share the night with so many inspirational and amazing women. I am very very proud of this award and the recognition it brings to the work we do at Makers Empire. When I see young people solving genuine problems in their communities it cements my belief that we are doing such important work and makes me hopeful that our future is in good hands. Thank you so much to the Winnovation team and to the awesome people at Sweat for sponsoring this award."

Australian Office Moves to Lot 14 Innovation Hub
Australian Office Moves to Lot 14 Innovation Hub

We have moved into our new office at Lot 14 innovation hub, on the grounds of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital. Lot Fourteen will be the new home of some of the world’s leading companies in emerging technology so we're excited to be joining as founding tenants. Our new address is Lot 14, 3rd Floor, Allied Health Building, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000 Tel: +61 (0)8 8120 3150

Makers Empire awarded LeanLab Fellowship for research pilot in Kansas schools
Makers Empire awarded LeanLab Fellowship for research pilot in Kansas schools

Makers Empire is proud to announce that we've received a LeanLab fellowship for a research pilot of our 3D learning program so we can develop a better, scientific understanding of how our 3D learning program might best serve American schools. LeanLab is an organisation that builds communities and launches transformational innovations into K12 schools. With their help, Makers Empire is hoping to

Makers Empire Wins EduTech Asia’s Pitch Competition
Makers Empire Wins EduTech Asia’s Pitch Competition

Makers Empire was recently in Singapore for EduTech Asia, Asia's largest education event, to support Macquarie University's presentation about their pioneering research into primary school makerspaces. Co-founder, Anthony, also took part in the first-ever EduTech Asia pitch competition and won! Prizes include entry into the first cohort of the EduSpaze Accelerator, which will help Makers Empire develop our Singapore and South East Asia strategy, and review of our Design Thinking program by the Education Alliance Finland for certification of pedagogical quality.

8 West Melbourne Schools Celebrate STEM Learning funded by Toyota Community Trust
8 West Melbourne Schools Celebrate STEM Learning funded by Toyota Community Trust

Eight schools in Melbourne’s West recently came together for a Showcase Day to celebrate the STEM learning they achieved with a $60,000 grant from the Toyota Community Trust and 3D technology and professional learning delivered by Makers Empire. The schools involved in the West Melbourne 3D Printing in Sc

Thank you to all our wonderful board members, ambassadors, teachers, student designers, supporters and partners. We’re proud to be working with you to create more awesome learning experiences for students in 2020 and beyond!

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