Makers Empire’s offers customised professional learning programs for education departments, education boards, school districts, groups of schools, and education initiatives, tailored to suit individual needs and objectives.
Our customised solutions are designed to help classroom teachers and school leaders integrate design thinking by using 3D printing and design as an everyday classroom tool. Through our professional learning programs, teachers learn how to use 3D and design to transform the way they teach students STEM/STEAM subjects and help them develop important design thinking and 21st century learning skills.
With multi-school programs, Makers Empire and its partners can deliver significant, systemic change and help equip K-8 students with the skills and attitudes they’ll need to not only survive but thrive in the future. We’ve worked with thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students so we have the experience, the skills and the team to deliver a successful, customised learning program for you.
“The DECD-Makers Empire partnership is an excellent example of businesses working with school communities to develop learning experiences that involve students in real world problem solving and challenges them to engage with the critical and creative thinking required to be the future innovators of South Australia,” says Linda Olifent – Director of Primary Learners, Learning Improvement Division, Department of Education and Child Development.
CASE STUDY 2: NEW YORK STATE
In 2016, Makers Empire partnered with New York State public schools and the New York Institute of Technology’s Technology on a successful pilot to introduce its 3D printing learning program to a dozen New York State schools.
“Prior to the pilot most of our schools were struggling to understand how to integrate 3D design and printing into cross-curricula activities. The Makers Empire pilot has provided the beacon for schools to follow that are opening opportunities for students that simply were not on the table before the pilot… We were impressed that they were addressing the use of 3D printing… as a true curriculum enabling tool. We simply had not found anyone else doing the work required to create quality educational activities. The team that they have assembled has the right mix of technologists and educators to create both a platform and a curriculum that will enhance innovation, creativity and technology in our schools,” says Professor Stan Silverman, Director of NYIT Technology Based Learning Systems.
Our customised programs and courses include all of the core elements of Makers Empire’s School Subscription, including:
3D modelling software
Over 130 curriculum-aligned lesson plans
Professional development for teachers
“…wonderful day. I heard a few teachers talking about this being the best professional learning day they have done in their careers! Great job, we are planning to share with the Governing Council and run a parent information night to follow this up,” Grant Small, Principal, Grange Primary School, AUSTRALIA.
Our packages for groups of schools can be customised to your particular learning goals. We can help with custom planning and implementation as well as tailored professional development, support and training for teachers. Our packages can include Showcase Days for teachers and students to share their learning as well as 3D printing hardware including 3D printers and 3D printing filament. Our printer sales include training and ongoing support, too, so you’ll never be left stuck with a hardware issue.
“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 change makers. 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,” Bianca Laister, Deputy Principal, Birdwood Primary School, Australia.
Learning outcomes for students
Watch these inspiring videos made by teachers who took part in a custom professional learning course in 2017.
Forbes Primary School students use 3D Printing to create custom bag tags
Birdwood Primary School students design a solution to a sticky problem using 3D printing
Allendale Primary School students turn 2D drawings into 3D printed monsters
Grange Primary School students use 3D Printing to create pencil grips for younger students
How Mundalla Area School students used 3D printing to create a town entrance sculpture
Forbes Primary School students use 3D printing to create a fantastic short film
Professional Learning Team Leader
Mandi Dimitriadis is Director of Learning Improvement at Makers Empire. Mandi has worked with professional learning providers in Australia and the USA to design and deliver professional learning courses on problem-based learning and design thinking.
She has led Australian Curriculum professional learning and pedagogical change programs in various roles for the Department for Education and Child Development, South Australia (SA). Mandi is an experienced primary, junior primary, pre-school, and special education teacher. Previously, she managed education programs at the SA Maritime Museum.
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