Father and daughter using a tablet device together at home

To the worldwide Makers Empire community,

At Makers Empire, we’ve been shocked and concerned as we’ve witnessed the distressing effects of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Makers Empire is used by 1+ million users in 40+ countries who create 90,000 new 3D designs every day. Many of these countries are already experiencing or planning for school closures. On top of this, many countries are also implementing self-isolation and social distancing policies for citizens, causing further disruption and anxiety for teachers, students and their families.

Many of us at Makers Empire have young families. As parents, we’re acutely aware of how stressful and disruptive school closures are and our hearts go out to all those affected.

Makers Empire’s 3D design app has always been free for students and individuals to download and use at home. Now, to help schools, teachers, students and families affected by school closures and self-isolation, we’ve developed two new sets of resources for teachers and parents/carers designed to help you support students in their learning at home.

We hope that by providing families and teachers with entertaining and educational activities to try at home we will be able to lessen the burden on parents, carers and teachers whilst helping to keep students happy, engaged and productive during this challenging time.

Yours in learning,

Jon Soong
CEO 
Makers Empire

PS Please see below the Makers Empire response to COVID-19 for school customers

Learning at Home: Guide for Teachers

Makers Empire’s Learning at Home Course for Teachers has been created by our internationally recognised learning experts and it is 100% free.

This course is designed both for Makers Empire school customers and teachers who are already familiar with using Makers Empire in the classroom with their students and teachers that are completely new to Makers Empire. This course provides teachers with:

  • A step-by-step guide to getting started with Makers Empire
  • Instructions on finding and sharing ninety entertaining, engaging and educational Design Missions
  • Creating and sharing your own design missions for students
  • Tips on how to help your students learn successfully at home
  • More resources and activities
Free Learning at Home Course for Teachers
The Makers Empire team has been working around the clock to create new resources to support teachers and schools affected by current or upcoming school closures. Check out our FREE New & Improved Learning at Home Course for Teachers to help students learning at home.

Learning at Home: Guide for Parents and Carers

Makers Empire’s Learning at Home Course for Parents and Carers has been created by our internationally recognised learning experts and it is 100% free.

This course provides parents/carers and students with:

  • A step-by-step guide to getting started with Makers Empire
  • Tips on how to help your students learn successfully at home
  • Instructions on how to access ninety entertaining, engaging and educational Design Missions
  • More resources and activities
Free Learning at Home Course for Parents & Carers
The Makers Empire team has been working around the clock to create new resources to support students and families affected by current or upcoming school closures. Check out our Learning at Home Course and Guide for Parents to help students learning at home.

Bonus: Design Challenges for Students

You might also be interested in challenging your students to try our Top 10 Coronavirus Design Challenges for Students and 10 Social Distancing & Self Isolation 3D Design Challenges. These challenges are based on real-life situations where Design Thinking can be used to help those affected by the coronavirus. You can view these challenges at the above links and then download packs of PDFs/printables for your students. 

 Makers Empire’s COVID-19 Response | For School Customers

The continuing disruption caused by the coronavirus presents unprecedented challenges for all. To help ensure the health and safety of our team and our school customers, teachers and students, Makers Empire has taken the following steps:

  • Makers Empire staff will work from home for now.
  • All domestic and international travel is on hold for now.
  • All school customers will be offered remote/video calls for technical issues.
  • All student testing in classrooms is on hold for now.
  • Proposed visits by teachers and other visitors to Makers Empire HQ will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

These protocols will be assessed again at the end of March, and then on an ongoing basis. Thank you for your understanding and your support during this challenging time.

Makers Empire: Better Learning By Design

Makers Empire helps K-8 teachers teach Design Thinking, STEM and 21st-century learning skills using 3D printing. Our pioneering 3D solutions for schools include 3D modelling software, over 150 lesson plans aligned with international standards and professional development. With Makers Empire, engaged students learn how to solve real-world problems and make their world better.