3D Printing: Design Thinking for Schools | i-Educate Conference

As someone who will be attending the upcoming i-Educate conference’s 3D printing workshop using Makers Empire, we wanted to help you get the most out of your experience. So follow these simple steps to ensure a fantastic workshop experience.

1. Pre-Install Makers Empire 3D on Your Computer or Device

Download app store    Download Windows
Download Google Play    Download mac

We always recommend pre-installing Makers Empire before a conference workshop for a smooth experience. Makers Empire 3D works on most devices and is available to download on the App Store for iPad and iPhone, Google Play for Android, the Mac App Store for Mac and Windows. Newer Chromebooks (2016+) are supported – see details here. You will need an internet connection (wif) to download Makers Empire.

If you have any issues installing Makers Empire 3D please refer to our Help Centre. If you’re still experiencing difficulties contact our support team via Instant Messaging on this site. For offline use of Makers Empire (i.e. use without wifi), please see this help article.

Bonus: Login and have a go designing 

Too keen to wait for the workshop? Login to Makers Empire and start exploring by following these steps.

  1. Open the Makers Empire app on your computer or device.
  2. Select NEW: make a new account.
  3. Customise your avatar.
  4. Create a username and choose a password.
  5. Enter the class code: flip269.
  6. Start exploring Makers Empire. We recommend starting in the Training Lab, which teaches users how to use the design tools.

2. Learn About Our Evidence-Based Learning Approach

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 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.

3. Learn about Our Tools for Busy Teachers

Makers Empire 3D – world’s easiest to use 3D software

Start designing in 3D in minutes – no CAD experience necessary! Makers Empire 3D works on all devices and can be used by students as young as 4 years old.

“I have worked with several design software but Makers Empire is the easiest to use… One of the best things students learned is that it is okay to not get the “right” answer the first time, or second time. Students know that “failing” is part of the design process and problem solving,”
Casey Corn, STEM Teacher
Chesnee Elementary School, USA

Makers Empire Teacher Dashboard

Makes organising students and classes a breeze! Monitor your students’ progress, leave feedback on their designs and reward their good work.

“We loved the Teacher (Dashboard) with its support, ideas and integration of the Australian Curriculum. A great way to expose our students to this rapidly emerging technology that will have a significant impact on their lives”
Stephen Corcoran, Director of Digital Learning
St Stephen’s School, AUSTRALIA

Makers Empire Curriculum

Be guided, supported and inspired by our expert learning team. Makers Empire’s innovative curriculum gives you an engaging and powerful means of teaching design and technology curriculum and offers exciting opportunities to develop your student’s design thinking skills. Makers Empire curriculum is aligned to the The Australian Curriculum, Common Core State Standards, ISTE Standards for Educators, and Next Generation Science Standards.

“The software has lesson plans based on many state standards… (the students’) enthusiasm and absolute thirst for knowledge is awesome to see. They blaze through the challenging 3D lesson plans,”
Shneur Garb, Teacher
Ben Porat Yosef Yeshiva Day School, USA

Innovative professional development

Gain a deeper understanding of the exciting field of Maker Pedagogy. Learn how to meaningfully integrate 3D design and printing in your classroom. Be inspired by the transformative power of Design Thinking. Our self-paced, on-demand, 13-part professional development series designed for teachers by teachers makes it easy!

“This was the best PD that I have been involved in for ages… This whole project has been inspiring for teachers and students in empowering students to become changemakers. Our students were so engaged and excited about solving a real-world problem… The fact that they could see they could help someone through their own design, meant their learning was authentic and valued,”
Bianca Laister, Deputy Principal
Birdwood Primary School, AUSTRALIA


You shouldn’t need to be a tech expert to be able to utilise 3D design and printing in your classroom. Our friendly support team provides ongoing and timely support whenever you need it so you can keep doing what you do best – teaching!

“Thanks… really appreciate your time. I’m now looking forward to getting the kids stuck into some serious design projects!”
Joe Grabin, 3rd Grade Teacher
North Melbourne Primary School, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
Learn more about ongoing support

4. Start Your Extended 2-Months Free Trial 

Keen to see how Makers Empire can help improve student learning your school? For a limited time, we’re offering every teacher who attended i-Educate an extended, 2-month trial of Makers Empire. That’s 2 MONTHS FREE to see for yourself how Makers Empire can help you to teach STEAM, develop 21st-century learning skills and engage ALL students. Every teacher who pre-registered for the workshop will automatically be signed up for this free trial after the event. If you have not received your free trial information by email by mid September please sign up below.


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Fill in this form to get your trial. Event code: IEDUCATE-EXTENDED

5. Claim your SPECIAL OFFER

As a thank you for connecting with us at i-Educate, receive up to 25% off the usual price when you purchase a Makers Empire’s School Subscription or Makers Empire 3D Printer Package. Use this special discount code — iEducate2019 — when requesting a quotation for Makers Empire to qualify. Don’t delay – this special offer ends November 30th, 2019.

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