Makers Empire is partnering and supporting efforts by the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) to help school students in South Australia start learning about careers in construction and imagine an exciting future for the industry.
After the tour, there was a presentation about the role of the CITB in helping students access different pathways into a career in the construction industry. Toni Hartley, CITB’s Program Manager then presented a brief overview of CITB’s education activities and how they address the new VET in Schools policy, before a sample of videos in the newly created Careers Under Construction Challenge Course were played.
Teachers then spent some time exploring the Makers Empire 3D design app and newly created Careers Under Construction Challenge Course with Mandi’s guidance, This Challenge Course will deliver awareness of the career pathways into the various jobs in the construction industry to middle school students whilst also teaching them about sustainable buildings and how to create infrastructure for the future.
Teachers then finished the day with a hands-on session on 3D printing that included unboxing and using a 3D printer led by Makers Empire’s hardware expert, Luke Tansell, so they were all well prepared when they take delivery of their own 3D printers included as part of this project.
Mandi Dimitriadis, Makers Empire’s director of learning said that the partnership with CITB was especially exciting for Makers Empire as it enabled the company to create real-world industry links for middle school students and their teachers.
“While participating in engaging design projects, students will also become more aware of what the construction industry is all about and the many pathways and opportunities the industry presents,” Mandi said.
“We can’t wait to see the solutions students’ come up with for solving construction-related problems using design thinking and 3D printing.”