Makers Empire’s 20-hour Learning by Design course 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 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 around 350 public, private and Catholic primary schools and thousands of happy teachers in five states across Australia. More rollouts are planned for 2022 and beyond.
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:
Students participating in the Maker Pedagogy Network Project will:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (PD)
MAKERS EMPIRE TOOLS & RESOURCES
OPTIONAL 3D PRINTER BUNDLE
• 1-2 FlashForge Adventurer 4 (ME) 3D printers
• 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.