Makers Empire’s Learning by Design course is a 20-hour, blended professional learning program for teachers facilitated by the the Makers Empire learning team.
Aligned to professional teaching standards, the Learning by Design course includes face to face workshops, live webinars, personalised support and an online professional learning community.
As part of the course, all teachers and students in a school are provided with intentional and high quality 3D tools to support implementation and learning for one year.
Learning by Design is ideal for K-8 educators wanting to learn more about design thinking and how to support their students to develop design thinking skills across the curriculum.
– School principals
– School leaders
– Classroom teachers
– Design teachers
– Technology teachers
– Art teachers
– School librarians
What Teachers Think
"...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
"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
"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
"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
"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
20 Hours Blended Learning
20-hour blended learning including face to face workshops and live webinars aligned to professional standards for teachers. This course is suitable for up to 20 teachers and leaders from one school.
Understand and Teach Design Thinking
Develop a solid understanding of design thinking processes. Gain confidence and strategies for implementing design based pedagogies in the classroom.
World’s easiest to use 3D software
Start designing in 3D in minutes – no CAD necessary! Multi platform – compatible with all devices. Can be used by students as young as 4YO.