We’re proud to announce that Mandi Dimitriadis, (above) our awesome Director of Learning, is a finalist in the 2018 Winnovation Awards. Congratulations, Mandi!! The Winnovation Awards showcase and celebrate the successes of female innovators changing the game in South Australia. We’re thrilled that Mandi’s work to help primary and middle school educators teach Design Thinking, STEM and 21st-century learning skills with 3D printing and design has being recognised in this way.

About Mandi Dimitriadis, Director of Learning

Mandi is an experienced educator who has taught in schools around South Australia (SA) in many different roles including primary years, preschool and special education. Previously, she managed education programs at the SA Maritime Museum and held various curriculum and pedagogy roles within the Department for Education, SA.
“I am privileged to meet many teachers and young people in my role at Makers Empire. I never get tired of the excitement I feel when I see a student’s face light up with the self-belief that they can solve problems and make a difference. Our young people have enormous creative potential to make the world a safer, kinder, fairer and healthier place and when I see this in action I know we are heading in the right direction,”Mandi Dimitriadis, Director of Learning, Makers Empire
In her role at Makers Empire, Mandi leads teacher professional development and education programs and materials and facilitates state-wide implementation projects such as the 3D Printing in Schools project for the Department of Education in SA, now in its third year. Mandi is passionate about helping young people develop skills and dispositions that will help them to thrive, survive and drive innovation in the 21st Century. Mandi is currently focussed on the development of creative problem solving and design skills using 3D modelling software and 3D printing. Mandi recently led a research partnership with Macquarie University, investigating the impact that maker pedagogy and design thinking have on student learning and teacher practice. The recently released report demonstrates the importance of the work Makers Empire is doing to genuinely transform classroom learning for both teachers and students with 3D printing and design.

All the Winnovation Awards 2018 Finalists

Congratulations to all the Winnovation Awards’ category finalists:

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  • Mandi Dimitriadis, Makers Empire, a complete solution for developing primary school aged students design thinking capabilities using 3D design and printing technologies.
  • Dr Renly Lim, University of South Australia – Quality Use of Medicine and Pharmacy Research Centre, Village Drama against Malaria, a unique science-art program to fight the world’s deadliest animal.
  • Jennifer Stokes, University of South Australia, an innovative digital literacy course, delivered through university enabling programs designed to empower students from under-represented backgrounds with 21st century skill sets for success in a knowledge economy.

Arts

  • Jen Frith and Kylie Green, Pelican Productions, created Belonging, a 2-week long music theatre camp in the January school holidays for 8 – 19 year olds addressing the fundamental need of belonging.
  • Anika Johnstone, Co-designing MOD. with young adults aged 15 – 25 to create a space for them to be, and be inspired, about science, technology, engineering and maths.
  • Kari Seeley, No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability, building new performance and employment pathways in the Arts by securing local, national and international performance opportunities for South Australian actors who live with disability, through creative funding solutions.

Emerging Innovator

  • Allison Nikula, Founder of the CareApp, a digital health app that removes silos of communication by giving care recipients, care teams, loved ones and care providers the power to create an amazing care community.
  • Priyanka Nigam, Augment Space, a virtual reality content creation platform.
  • Leia Graf, BAE Systems, using latest gaming technology to enhance training for the Australian Defence Force.

Engineering

  • Associate Professor Nikki Stanford, Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia, green steel optimisation of direct strip casting for production of economically viable and environmentally friendly novel alloys with favourable physical properties.
  • Professor Yan Zhuge, University of South Australia, recycling tyres into high value building materials for structural engineering applications.

Innovation in Government

  • Dr Bernadette Eckerman, SA Water, catalyst and collaborator in exploring the possibilities of tomorrow, today.
  • Dr Tahnya Donaghy, pioneered nation leading data sharing legislation and established the Office for Data Analytics so information can be shared across government, within a safe and secure framework, to help vulnerable people.

Maths and Data

  • Dr Tina Du, using data driven approaches to develop innovative guidelines for understanding and supporting collaborative information seeking behaviour in the context of international tourism.

Rural, Regional and Remote

  • Dr Katherine Tuft, Arid Recovery, a living laboratory for testing ecosystem recovery techniques and innovative technologies that seeks to enable endangered species to thrive across the Australian outback.
  • Michele Lally, Australian Micro Abattoirs, delivering ecologically sound, financially viable turnkey solutions that redistribute social and economic value back through the meat supply chain to reduce the gap between producer and consumer.
  • Mary Retallack, Retallack Viticulture, the identification of native insectary plants which can be used to boost populations of predatory arthropods, and provide natural biological control of insect pests in production landscapes for free.

Science

  • Dr Chia-Chi Chien, University of South Australia, micro fluidic 3D tumour-on-a-chip: a platform for recapturing the complexity of tumour micro environments.
  • Dr Katherine Tuft, Arid Recovery, a living laboratory for testing ecosystem recovery techniques and innovative technologies that seeks to enable endangered species to thrive across the Australian outback.
  • Eimy De Barros, Sabrosito, healthy desserts that are the alternative for celiacs, diabetics and lactose intolerants in one bite.

Social Impact

  • Kerry Jones, TACSI, a systems change incubator redesigning the way we live as we age through collaborative initiatives that demonstrate new ways to live and provide care as we age.
  • Kiri Hagenus, Children’s University Australasia, an innovative educational program that inspires children and young people and helps raise their aspirations for further and higher education while addressing disadvantage and encouraging and supporting parental engagement.
  • Professor Fiona Arney and Professor Leah Bromfield, Australia Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia, Target Group to Outcomes: an evidence based approach to ensuring and maximising the impact of programs and services aimed at preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect.

Technology

  • Dr Marnie Winter, Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia, development of a novel non-invasive prenatal screening technology to enable the detection of complex fetal genetic abnormalities with a blood test during pregnancy.
  • Felicity Hamilton, OneVault, specialises in helping health care, aged care and NDIS providers streamline their clinical governance systems with online software to save money and get 24/7 accreditation ready.
  • Dr Mary-Louise Rogers, Flinders University, a novel urine test to determine if drugs are working in clinical trials of motor neurone disease treatment.
The winners of each category will be announced at a ceremony in October.

MAKERS EMPIRE: BETTER LEARNING BY DESIGN

Makers Empire helps K-8 teachers teach Design Thinking, STEM and 21st-century learning skills using 3D printing. Our pioneering 3D solutions for schools include 3D modelling software, over 150 lesson plans aligned with international standards and professional development. With Makers Empire, engaged students learn how to solve real-world problems and make their world better.