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: USA
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 our core elements, including:
3D modelling software
Over 130 curriculum-aligned lesson plans
Professional development for teachers
Custom professional development
Custom LMS/SSO integration
Showcase Days for teachers and students
Online professional learning community
3D printing filament
3D hardware training
3D hardware support
What teachers say
"I love Makers Empire software. It is great to use with elementary age students... I love teaching students how to design for 3D printing. It’s so fun watching them problem solve to create a certain shape by adding or taking away."
Karen Owen, Technology Teacher, Grace Christian Academy
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
"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."
Chris Bennie, Assistant Principal, Stirling East Primary School
Stirling East, South Australia
"After having tried several softwares I can say hands down that Makers Empire has been the easiest for my students in grades 3-5 to access and manipulate."
Christopher Burdman, STEM Teacher, Joseph P Tynan Elementary School
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
"The software is easy to use and kid friendly... The curriculum has been great and it even fits into the objectives that I am currently teaching... When we first started using the curriculum I thought it was going to be a huge task getting my students to learn this. But instead of teaching, I have become a facilitator. They have really taken off and are helping each other solve problems. When we end our day I may about 20 designs that were created, but when we start the next day I see that number increase to about 50. They are even designing at home."
Irene Barry-Philord, Teacher, Eneida M. Hartner Elementary
Miami, Florida, USA
"I have worked with several design software but Makers Empire is the easiest to use... One of the best things students learned is that it is okay to not get the "right" answer the first time, or second time. Students know that "failing" is part of the design process and problem solving. Students have expanded their problem solving skills to think more outside of the box... Before, my students were limited in their STEM applications and designs due to financial issues and materials available. Now each student is able to have an account for their designs and can work at their pace which is meeting them on their individual need. Through this, my after school STEM club has gained interested to where students had to be put on a waiting list. Students have discussed participating in STEM clubs in middle school and high school as well as more interest in engineering type careers."
Casey Corn, STEM Teacher, Chesnee Elementary School
South Carolina, USA
"Students developed a range of design skills..They learnt what the design process looked like, learnt how to create their designs in Shaper, learnt about scale when printing their designs. Students learnt to measure their objects as well as problem solved to make their design as similar on Makers Empire as their initial design... the students were so engaged and thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience...(Makers Empire) is a wonderful program that engages all students well!"
Abbie Krieg, Year 3/4 Teacher, Snowtown Primary School
Snowtown, South Australia
"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
Birdwood, South Australia
"Makers Empire is friendly towards all ability groups and help engage students who are less motivated to be working in the classroom. It gives students the opportunity to be creative and learn by trial and error in a digital format. On paper some students get disheartened when drawing designs and have to erase mistakes and makes their work look messy. Using this program it is simple to remove mistakes. I think this has been a fantastic tool to have in the classroom. I have many teacher friends and have actually shown them the program and they are all very impressed."
Aaron Vigor, Teacher, Yankalilla Area School
Yankalilla, South Australia
"...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
Grange, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
"I think it is great because it integrates so many curriculum areas that we have to do in a busy classroom. You have got your maths, science, you can do literacy, then you have also got your digital technology and design technology, and art as well... We are in an ever-changing world and we all have to keep up."
Shauna Wood, Year 1-3 Teacher, Carlton School
Port Augusta, South Australia
"My department was searching for applications and curriculum that would align to the common core standards. We found reference to [Makers Empire] on the web and reached out to see if what they were doing would meet our needs... We were impressed that they were addressing the use of 3D printing not simply as an endpoint but as a true curriculum enabling tool. We simply had not found anyone else doing the work required to create quality educational activities... The New York State Teacher Centers and the New York Institute of Technology have been working with Makers Empire on what has turned out to be a transformational pilot with 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."
Professor Stan Silverman, Director NYIT Technology Based Learning Systems
New York, USA.
Learning outcomes for students
Watch these inspiring videos made by teachers who took part in a state-wide professional learning course in 2017 to document what their students had learned.
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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