The Department of Education NT and Makers Empire have partnered together to offer NT schools Makers Empire’s Learning by Design course. Learning by Design: NT will take place in term 1-2 of 2022: professional learning days will run in term 1, with a showcase at the end of term 2.
Makers Empire’s Learning by Design helps teachers meet the requirements of the Australian Curriculum – Technologies Learning Area. It encourages learning across STEM disciplines by supporting teachers to engage students in exciting, challenging learning connected to solving real-world challenges using Design Thinking.
The Learning by Design course is designed to be delivered to groups of schools (minimum 10 schools per group) to maximise learning and provide teachers with a peer network for support and inspiration.
Makers Empire has delivered its Learning by Design course to 500+ primary schools and thousands of happy teachers across Australia.
When your school decides to take part in a Learning By Design course, you can be confident that your educators will have an exceptional professional development experience.
Teachers participating in Learning by Design will:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (PD)
MAKERS EMPIRE TOOLS & RESOURCES
OPTIONAL 3D PRINTER BUNDLE
• 1 x FlashForge Adventurer 4 (ME) 3D printer
• 6 rolls of PLA filament
• Online hardware training
• Online hardware support
• Shipping included
Makers Empire’s Learning by Design course was the subject of a recent 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 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.
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Sign up to join this exciting program today. Expressions of interest close December 2021.