Learning By Design is designed to develop sustainable and scaleable models of professional learning that lead to effective implementation of maker pedagogies, STEM learning outcomes and improvement in students’ critical, creative and Design Thinking abilities. The course encourages learning across STEM disciplines by supporting teachers to engage students in exciting and challenging learning connected to solving real-world challenges using Design Thinking.
Makers Empire’s Learning by Design course was the subject of a recent Macquarie University research study (see below), which revealed compelling evidence of benefits for primary educators.
Students participating in Learning by Design will:
Meet achievement standards for The Australian Curriculum in terms of Design and Technologies: Knowledge and Understanding and Design and Technologies: Processes and Production Skills.
Address the new NSW Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus with a particular focus on Design and Production.
Develop their creativity and important critical thinking, Design Thinking and digital skills.
Learn how to solve real-world problems with Design Thinking.
Teachers participating in Learning By Design will:
Complete full days of professional development including 20 hours of NESA accredited professional development at the Proficient Teacher level.
Develop pedagogical approaches that enable students to develop deep technological knowledge as well as critical, creative and Design Thinking skills.
Be supported to design innovative learning programs that provide authentic, meaningful contexts for students to engage in STEM and maker-based learning using 3D design and printing.
Activate the potential of 3D technologies to develop and enhance students’ 21st-century learning skills.
Become more comfortable with technology and more collaborative and flexible in their teaching.
Makers Empire has successfully delivered its Learning by Design course to hundreds of Australian primary schools. With Makers Empire, you can be confident that your educators will have an exceptional professional development experience.
Learning by Design Course Inclusions
20 hours of professional learning
2 face-to-face PD days
1 showcase day to share your learning
2-hour online, on-demand PD course
Project management and reports
For up to three teachers per school
MAKERS EMPIRE TOOLS & RESOURCES
Easy to use 3D software
Class management tools
150 curriculum-aligned lesson plans
Built-in student assessment
For all teachers and students in a school
3D PRINTER BUNDLES (OPTIONAL)
• 2 x FlashForge Inventor IIs 3D printers
• 10kgs of biodegradable PLA filament
• Online hardware training
• Online hardware support
• Shipping included
Register Your School’s Interest in Learning by Design
The research study examined how maker activities using 3D design and 3D printing technology could enhance learning and teaching outcomes.
The recently published 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.
1.2.2, 2.1.2., 2.2.2, 2. 6.2., 3.3.2., 3.4.2., 4.5.2., 6.3.2., 6.4.2. and 7.4.2. from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW, Australia.
Videos from Previous Learning by Design Showcase Days
Testimonials from Participating teachers
“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.”
“I was a little hesitant at first, but as soon as I began working on my project it became very exciting…I love learning about new things particularly in the area of Technology and design and this was the perfect opportunity. I have learnt more in the last 4 months than I have for a long time. Thank you!”
“One of the good things was, we were all learning with the children and along the way we communicated that with them. At one point, I was actually in a classroom last week and I couldn’t get the shape to sit flat… And I tried and tried and tried, and the child was getting frustrated. She could see that I was finding it challenging as well, which is really good for them to see that. And I said, why don’t you go into [the other teacher’s] room because I know that she is really good at attaching the shapes together. And to see that I had asked for help from another teacher, I think was really powerful for the child to see that.”
“Thanks for the opportunity to be involved in the project. It has built my own knowledge as well as my capacity to share with my staff. I am currently running 6 3D printing projects this term!”
“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.”
“I think the lesson plans are fantastic for teachers – especially those who may find the hardest part being the inspiration/ideas on where to start…The Makers Empire app is a MASSIVE value add to the learning. We could have taught children how to design an iPad stand, learn what makes a structure strong, what are strong ‘shapes’, how to keep an item balanced etc etc etc – but the ability to create their design in 3D AND then print it makes the learning so much more obtainable and relevant/real.”
“Congratulations to you all on a fabulous 3D Printing Showcase at Grange Primary School. It was an absolute privilege to be able to celebrate and share in such fantastic models of teaching and learning. We were completely blown away by the diverse displays, presentations and stories that have made the 3D Printing in Primary Schools project such a success. Every story showed how you’ve been able to integrate 3D technology into teaching and learning across the curriculum. More importantly, every story showed how the technology is a tool, helping to develop critical & creative thinking, design thinking and powerful learner dispositions.”
Videos Created as Part of Learning by Design courses
How Woodville Gardens PS Students Helped Senior Citizens with 3D Printing
How Reynella PS Students Helped Their Groundsperson Keep His Phone Safe with 3D Printing
How Forbes Primary School students use 3D Printing to create custom bag tags
How Prospect PS Students Created an Accessible Playground for ALL Students with 3D Printing
How West Lakes Shore School Students Solved Problems at School with 3D Printing
How Students at Richmond PS Learned English By Creating 3D Printed Furniture for a Doll House