Learning by Design Online PD Course for Orange County Schools

Maker Challenge 2020/21

Is your elementary or middle school participating in the Orange County Maker Challenge for 2020/2021? 

Are your teachers short on time and looking for professional development to help them to:

  • plan, design and teach a unit of work aligned with NGSS and Design and Technology / Engineering Design standards,
  • develop your students’ design thinking skills,
  • empower your students to become learners as creators, innovators and problem solvers?

Our Learning by Design online course is an effective, evidence-based professional development course for you and your school.

"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."


Evidence Based Learning

Learning by Design was the subject of a 12-month 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 revealed the compelling benefits of this type of learning 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.

“I would like to say thank you to the team. It has been a wonderful opportunity to be involved in this project and something my students have learnt a lot from. The support along the way has been very helpful and prompt, and that has made working with technology (which can be frustrating) more pleasurable.”


Course Inclusions

  • Up to 3 hours Makers Empire live training (with recorded webinars if you miss the live session)
  • 2 hours certified self-paced online professional development in Teacher Dashboard
  • Introduction to design thinking for elementary/middle school teachers live and recorded webinar (1.5 hours)
  • Introduction to Maker Pedagogy for elementary/middle school teachers live and recorded webinar (1.5 hours)
  • All teachers at the school can undertake the course and will receive a certificate of participation.

School will also receive: 

  • Makers Empire 12 month School Plan (rrp $1,999) with bonus 3 months i.e 12 + 3 = 15 months total (3D design software, teacher dashboard, 130 curriculum aligned lesson plans, built-in assessment, online PD, ongoing support, updates and maintenance)
  • A dedicated contact person for support.
Course fee: $1,499 per school

Course Structure

  • Week 1: Welcome, confirm teachers and conduct survey.
  • Week 2: Free trial account details sent to teachers/schools
  • Week 3: Teachers attend Makers Empire training (up to 3 hours). This will be a live online session which will also be available as a recording after the session.
  • Week 4: Teachers attend Introduction to Maker Pedagogy (up to 1.5 hours) This will be a live online session which will also be available as a recording after the session.
  • Week 5: Teachers attend Introduction to design thinking (up to 1.5 hours). This will be a live online session which will also be available as a recording after the session.
  • Week 6-7: Teacher design unit of work/project.
  • Weeks 8- 9: Online forum for sharing ideas and support.
  • Week 9-10: Teachers teach unit of work/project.
    Date of Maker Challenge: Projects showcased.

Videos made by schools during Learning by Design courses

Enrol Now

Interested and want to enrol for this course?

Next steps:

  1. Fill out this form.
  2. Makers Empire will send you a quote to place an order and enrol in the course.
  3. School to place order to enrol into course by either: a) Pay online per payment details contained in the quote or b) submit Purchase Order to info@makersempire.com or c) Request an invoice to be sent.
    4. Makers Empire will send an order confirmation and course enrolment details to you and confirm an assigned instructor.
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