Curriculum-Aligned, In-App Challenge Courses

Delivered via the Makers Empire 3D design app, Challenge Courses provide a complete design program for students and can be easily assessed by teachers using our built-in progress reports and assessment tools. Challenge courses are aligned to curriculum outcomes, centred around a theme and are designed to take 4-10 weeks to complete. Learn more about teaching with Challenge Courses.

On-Demand Challenge Courses For School Customers

All classes and schools with a paid Makers Empire subscription can access these curriculum-aligned courses as part of their Makers Empire plan. These Challenge Courses are available on-demand and can be assigned to classes at any time via the Teacher Dashboard. 

Fabulous Fairytales (grades K-2)

Students examine elements of familiar fairy tales. They explore video content focussing on the fairy tale genre and common features fairy tales have such as magic, royalty, castles, a group of 3, problems to solve, and happy endings. The course includes 3 interactive quizzes and students are provided with tutorials to design elements from familiar fairy tales. Students are provided with scaffolding to create 3 fairy tale themed designs of their own.

Welcome to 3D
(grades 3-6)

This course is a great introduction to Makers Empire and is suitable for students in years 3-6. In this challenge course, students are introduced to the world of 3D and learn to create their first basic designs. Students will learn about key terminology and concepts used in 3D design and the basic tools required to make a 3D design. They will consider a design brief and follow step-by-step instructions to create a 3D design that is also a printable 3D product.

Mission to Mars
(grades 3-4)

Mission to Mars is aimed at years 3-4 and helps students learn about Mars and space travel. A series of design challenges ask students to work through the design thinking process. These are presented with briefs for designing a rocket, a spacecraft landing device, a space helmet, a Mars Rover, and a sleeping station. Finally, students will design a toy or gadget that could be fun or useful on Mars keeping in mind design criteria and constraints. They then evaluate their designs. 

Be a Jewellery Designer (grades 3+)

In this course, grade 3+ students will learn how to design simple jewellery pieces. They will meet a professional jewellery designer, learn about the importance of understanding your customer and practise working with precise design constraints around size and material properties. Students will complete two interactive quizzes to test their understanding of the content, three step-by-step tutorials to help them practise working to precise measurements and will finally be challenged to create a wearable accessory of their own design.

Super Sports
(grades 3-6)

In this course, students will learn about the Olympic Games. They will explore video content focusing on the history, structure, symbols, traditions, sporting events, equipment and design elements of the games and how scientific and design concepts relate to these topics. The challenge course includes four quizzes  and students are provided with tutorials for creating designs related to the theme. Students are asked to use their design skills and ideas to create four Olympic Games themed designs.

Awesome Animals
(grades 5-6)
 

In this course aimed at years 5-6, students learn about adaptations in animals and biomimicry. They explore video content showing features that let animals survive in different environments and examples of natured-inspired solutions to human problems. Next, three interactive quizzes to put students’ knowledge to the test. Students are also provided with step-by-step tutorials for designing animals with specific features. Finally, students are also asked to use their design skills and ideas to create four animal inspired designs.

On Demand For School Customers & Set-Term for Non-Customers

All of the Challenge Courses below are aligned to selected United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. For customers, the Challenge Course are available anytime on demand once they have been launched in the app (check dates below). Customers can also join complimentary managed projects for extra support and complete them over fixed dates during school terms. For non-customers, these Challenge Courses are available as paid managed school pilots and run during fixed dates during school terms.

Sustainable Communities (grades 3-6)

Through video content, students explore the importance of the world’s oceans to our planet’s health and learn about some of the issues impacting our oceans. Students respond to videos by participating in in-app quizzes and design tutorials. The course concludes with a design thinking project to design a new invention for keeping our oceans clean and healthy. This course runs from March – June and aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goals: #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities and #12 Responsible Consumption and Production.

Oceans of Trash
(grades 3-6)

Through purpose-made video content, students explore the importance of the world’s oceans to our planet’s health and learn about some of the issues impacting our oceans. In this upcoming course due August 2022, students respond to the video content by participating in in-app quizzes and design tutorials related to the information shared. It concludes with a design thinking project that challenges students to design a new invention for keeping our oceans clean and healthy. This course aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goal: #14 Life Below Water.

Make A Difference
(grades 3-6)

How can we can design products that help others? In this upcoming challenge course due October 2022, students will learn about social enterprise and use Makers Empire to design a product that can be sold to support those in need. This challenge course includes purpose-made video content, in-app quizzes and design tutorials and concludes with a design thinking project to design a product to help others. This challenge course aligns with multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals as well as any additional goals that students’ specific projects align to.

Natural Disasters
(grades 3-6)

How can we prepare for and respond to problems caused by natural disasters such as bushfire, earthquake, floods and volcanoes? In this upcoming challenge course due January 2023, students will develop an understanding about different types of natural disasters and create designs to help. This course aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goal: #13 Climate Action.

Custom Challenge Courses For Selected Customers & Schools

Makers Empire partners with corporate sponsors, trusts and foundations, training and membership organisations and other partners to deliver specialised, custom education and awareness programs to groups of schools and students via its challenge course platform. We are currently developing new challenge courses with partners to be announced later in 2022.

Interested in doing one of these courses? Schools can register their interest to be considered for one of these custom education programs.

Bushfire Brave
(grades 3-7)

The Bushfire Brave Challenge Course has been created in partnership with Bushfire Kids Connect. Students will learn background information about bushfires, including why they happen, what to expect during a fire, and Indigenous perspectives. They will develop empathy for bushfire-affected families and explore strategies for dealing with big feelings. Students will work through 3 design tutorials, learning how to create items that might help bushfire-affected families. They will then work through design thinking processes to invent and create a new product to help a family recover and feel happy after a bushfire. Learn more about the pilot program and about the pilot showcase day.

If I Were a Leader
(grades 3-6)

In this course created in partnership with the History Trust of South Australia, students will learn about what it means to be a leader reflect on their own leadership qualities. They will examine objects and stories from the History Trust’s collections to explore key qualities that great leaders often have and understand how these qualities are represented in actions. As they work through the challenge course, students will complete a series of design challenges based on design thinking processes. They will be introduced to objects and museum artefacts through short videos and interactive quizzes. This course will be offered to SA Schools in 2022 as an ongoing, digital program of the History Trust.

Careers Under Construction (grades 7-9)

Makers Empire has partnered with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to create a pioneering challenge course to help deliver education and awareness of jobs in the construction industry to middle school students. Students will learn about the construction industry through a series of locally made videos that explore the important role that the construction industry plays in society, the breadth and depth of roles and opportunities within the industry, possible pathways into the industry, as well as hearing from industry experts. Students will be challenged to solve a related construction problem using Design Thinking and Makers Empire. 

 

Water Warriors
(grades 3-7)

The Water Warriors Challenge Course has been created in partnership with SA Water. Through purpose-made video content, students are introduced to a range of water-related information and issues to engage them in the topic and to support them in identifying an opportunity to solve a water-related problem that they care about. Video content draws upon SA Water’s previously developed resources and introduces students to SA Water’s water management practices and services. Students respond to the video content by participating in in-app quizzes and design tutorials related to the information shared. The Challenge Course concludes with a design thinking project which challenges students to identify an opportunity to design a solution for a water-related problem within their school or community or to propose a local response to a global problem.

On-Demand, Complimentary Challenge Courses For Home Users

The below Challenge Courses are automatically available at anytime in the Challenge Central section of the Makers Empire 3D design app to individual home users using a free Makers Empire account. Please note that users need to be a Makers Empire member (it’s free!) to access challenge courses. 

Be a Jewellery Designer (grades 3+)

In this course, grade 3+ students will learn how to design simple jewellery pieces. They will meet a professional jewellery designer, learn about the importance of understanding your customer and practise working with precise design constraints around size and material properties. Students will complete two interactive quizzes to test their understanding of the content, three step-by-step tutorials to help them practise working to precise measurements and will finally be challenged to create a wearable accessory of their own design.

Be a Jewellery Designer (grades 3+)

In this course, grade 3+ students will learn how to design simple jewellery pieces. They will meet a professional jewellery designer, learn about the importance of understanding your customer and practise working with precise design constraints around size and material properties. Students will complete two interactive quizzes to test their understanding of the content, three step-by-step tutorials to help them practise working to precise measurements and will finally be challenged to create a wearable accessory of their own design.