Industry School Programs, Education Outreach Programs & Community Partnerships

Makers Empire offers industry school programs, education outreach programs, professional development and courses and uniquely themed in-app challenge courses aligned to local curricula and tailored to suit your education goals. 

We have worked with government education departments, corporate sponsors, trusts and foundations, training organisations, community organisations, not for profits and Catholic education offices to design pioneering education programs for groups of school in an area, state or country.  


The Andy Thomas Space Foundation wanted to deliver education in awareness of space career opportunities to primary school students. So it partnered with the Australian Space Agency and Makers Empire to deliver an Australia-first program for primary schools to deliver this. This custom program for 70+ schools in every state and territory of Australia includes delivery of our Learning by Design course, student projects aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, subject matter experts providing insights into their own careers in space and the exciting work their companies are doing, 3D printer packages, showcases events in each state and territory and then a national showcase at the Australian Space Discovery Centre. Learn more.

“This program aims to first introduce and seed space interest in young students, to ensure the longevity of their engagement in the knowledge economy.”
Nicola Sasanelli, CEO for the Andy Thomas Space Foundation

The Construction & Industry Training Board (SA) was looking to help school students start learning about careers in construction. The pilot program saw teachers from 15 schools undertake Makers Empire’s research-backed Learning by Design program and learn how to use Makers Empire’s tools and 3D printers. The project provided real-world contexts, industry expertise and design thinking tools to help students experience an authentic construction-related process, and learn about possible pathways and careers in the construction industry. Learn more.

“Thanks to all.. who took part in the… Doorways2Construction program.  We very much appreciate the support of secondary schools around SA as we work to attract the next generation of building and construction industry tradespeople.”
John Chapman, Presiding Member of the SA CITB

The Queensland Government’s Department of Education and the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water along with the Queensland Manufacturing Institute wanted to deliver a pioneering STEM, additive manufacturing and 3D printing project and provide professional learning for primary teachers. So they partnered with Makers Empire. Teachers learned how to use innovative maker-based pedagogies to teach 3D modelling, design thinking and design technologies in integrated ways across the curriculum. Learn more.

“This program equips educators with the tools, knowledge and support they need to empower our students with the core capabilities required for our Advanced Manufacturing Industry,”
The Hon Grace Grace, Education Minister. 


SA Water was looking for a partner to help them deliver an education outreach program to help students learn more about water as a precious and renewable resource, explores cultural knowledge of Aboriginal people, water management, and ways to build more excellent, healthier communities. So they partnered with Makers Empire on the Water Warriors program. More than 400 students in SA have collaborated on design thinking projects in response to various challenges, identifying solutions for a water-related problem within their school or community, or proposing a local response to a global problem. Learn more.

“Sustainability is an important aspect of how we deliver trusted water services to our 1.7 million customers, and we know the actions we take today will play a vital role in delivering benefits for generations to come. This partnership provides an opportunity to collaborate with young innovators on South Australia’s water future in a fun and authentic way while promoting science-based career pathways and STEM subjects.” 

Nicola Murphy, General Manager, Strategy, Engagement & Innovation at SA Water

Community group, Bushfire Kids Connect, was looking to increase awareness of bushfire awareness and well being amongst primary aged children and to empower students to become problem solvers within their communities. So Bushfire Kids Connect teamed up with Makers Empire to achieve their education objectives via a custom program for 10 South Australian schools comprising a bushfire awareness and wellbeing themed challenge course in the Makers Empire app, the Learning by Design course for teachers, provision of Makers Empire tools for schools and learning opportunities with subject matter experts. Learn more.

“This partnership… is an exciting opportunity to help our next generation grow their understanding, resilience and emotional preparedness around bushfires,”

Carly Ascott, Bushfire Kids Connect

The Toyota Community Foundation was looking for a partner to help it deliver STEM learning opportunities to students in West Melbourne. So it partnered with Makers Empire to deliver the West Melbourne 3D Printing in Schools Project to eight primary schools. This project worked towards the goals of the National STEM School Education Strategy 2016-2026 by engaging students in exciting, challenging STEM learning connected to real-world experiences, helping teachers to develop approaches that enable students to combine STEM knowledge with critical, creative and design thinking, and building teacher capacity. To achieve project goals, teachers undertook our Learning by Design course and students worked on projects with a specific STEM focus. Learn more.

“At Toyota, we’re passionate about championing the next generation of STEM talent. We are proud to support Makers Empire and enjoyed seeing the STEM projects at the Showcase,”
Mike Rausa, Chairman of the Toyota Community Trust

GE and Polar were looking for a partner to help them deliver an ambitious global project delivering 3D technology and education to 600 schools. So Polar approached Makers Empire to help them deliver the education component of the GE Additive Program to younger students. In 2017 and 2018, the GE Additive Education Program awarded 3D printing packages to more than 600 primary and secondary schools in 30 countries who did not previously have access to 3D printing technology. Each package included 3D printers, access to the Polar Cloud and (STEAM) curriculum, 3D design tools and resources provided by Makers Empire. Learn more.

“Through our Additive Education Program, GE aims to help build a strong pipeline of additive manufacturing skills – starting from the classroom – so that the next generation are on the front foot to take on future manufacturing opportunities,” 
Wouter Van Wersch, President and CEO of GE APAC



The Commissioner for Children and Young People was looking for a partner to help it deliver its annual Commissioner’s Digital Challenge for around 300 SA primary schools.  So it teamed up with Makers Empire to provide its Makers Empire 3D design tools and resources to participating schools. In the Space to Dream challenge, students need to design a toy or gadget for someone their age who is moving to Mars. 

“Space to Dream is all about learning to be an effective and creative problem solver. Our future requires bold thinkers who know how to create out-of-the-box solutions,”
Helen Connolly, Commissioner for Children and Young People, SA

Education and Community Partners

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