A group of  Japanese school students with special needs recently trialled the new Japanese language version of Makers Empire’s 3D design and printing app at Fablab Shibuya in Tokyo and declared it a resounding hit.

16892341955_10a2064d78_k

During the one-hour 3D printing class run by Fablab teachers, the students used the Makers Empire app, iPads and Fablab 3D printers to design and create their own brooches

16269965924_7c5ed8a926_k

For the past three years FabCafe has been running workshops for disabled children with the aim of usingtechnology to enhance the children’s learning outcomes. The students in this particular class using the Makers Empire 3D design and printing app have all been diagnosed with ADD (Attention-Deficit Disorder).

16704933650_1b7fb010ef_k

After designing their brooches with the Makers Empire app and 3D printing their brooches, the students then used textas and craft materials to further customise them.

16704933670_a02444777e_k

16704709838_45d89935e6_k

Here’s a just printed brooch:

16866443886_60dad8d396_k

And here it is decorated:

16704704148_c0d558075d_k

The two modules used in the class were Shaper and Cogger. All of the students used Shaper to make their brooches while Cogger was most popular with the boys.

16891348301_048c14a1d8_k

16866442516_0c7542123b_k16892344465_31a74318d2_k

According to teacher and workshop leader Toshimasa Kawai, all of the students were able to use the app after a short, 10-minute introduction. Teachers sat beside the students to assist them if necessary by demonstrating how to use the app but the students didn’t need a lot of support.

16892348265_3f74b5c6b0_k

Here’s a finished brooch in a presentation box ready to give someone as a gift:

SONY DSC

And here is on a schoolbag:

16704711028_b5f37c1842_k

According to Toshi-san, all of the students loved using the app and found the whole experience very fun.

“They wanted to make something big!” he said.

A big thank you Toshi-san for the feedback on our Japanese version of the Makers Empire app and for supplying these great photos, too.

We love hearing about the ways students are using the Makers Empire 3D design and printing app. Got a great Makers Empire story we can share? Please let us know via email to info@makersempire.com.

Makers Empire: Better Learning By Design

Makers Empire helps K-8 teachers teach STEM/STEAM concepts, design thinking principles and 21st century learning skills using 3D printing. Our pioneering 3D solutions for schools — 3D Learning Program and Learning by Design Course — include 3D modelling software, over 100 curriculum-aligned lesson plans and professional development. Makers Empire is used by thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students in Australia, the USA, Asia and Europe. Join our community today!

SEND ME QUOTE
  • Ideal for those ready to make a decision about Makers Empire's suitablity for their individual school. For district deals, please choose Book Demo.
BOOK LIVE DEMO
  • Ideal for those looking at budget planning and implementation, those who want to learn if Makers Empire is a good fit and those who have lots of questions.
WATCH DEMO
  • Ideal for those who are short on time and those wanting to learn more about integrating 3D design and printing into the K-8 classroom.