Makers Empire is delighted to announce that a new Makers Empire course, Teaching by Design, has been endorsed by the New South Wales (NSW) Education Standards Authority.

In NSW, all teachers currently need to undertake 100 hours of professional development over the course of their accreditation period (usually 5 years, but sometimes, 7) to maintain their professional accreditation. 

Teaching by Design is a 10-hour professional learning blended course which builds on our popular Learning by Design course.

This course has been designed for K-6 educators who want to develop a deeper understanding of the principles underpinning maker pedagogy and design thinking. Participants develop innovative pedagogical strategies and approaches that lead to improved student learning outcomes.

Participants share their experiences and reflections and support colleagues, including early career teachers, teachers new to their schools, and participants in the Learning by Design course to develop effective pedagogies for integrating 3D printing and design into their teaching practice and across the curriculum.

The new NESA endorsement means that Teaching by Design will contribute 10 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.2.3, 2.1.3, 2.2.3, 3.3.3, 3.4.3, 6.3.3, 6.4.3 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Highly Accomplished Teacher Accreditation in NSW, Australia.

Makers Empire’s Director of Learning, Mandi Dimitriadis, said, “we’re thrilled that our new Teaching by Design course has been approved for this new endorsement at the Highly Accomplished Teacher level by the NSW Education Standards Authority. This new endorsement is further confirmation that our professional development programs for schools are based on authentic and effective 3D learning tools and resources and an academically sound and rigorous approach to learning.”

Testimonials by Teachers Who Have Completed This Course

“This course has helped me apply the design thinking model to all of my design lessons. I am able to get my students to empathise with the problem/design concept before they move into the next steps of the design model. I get my students to think about the needs of the person/problem/design task so that they can design something more accurate and fitting,”
Dani, Year 5 Teacher
Carlingford West Public School, NSW
“I now ensure my lessons encourage students to empathise with their design concept/problem and their target audience. Students have been more engaged as they have a drive and purpose to solve the problem.”
Katy, Year 5 Teacher
Carlingford West Public School, NSW

Learning by Design Course

Teaching by Design is Makers Empire’s second professional development course for teachers to be endorsed by NESA.

Our popular Learning by Design course contributes 20 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.2.2, 2.1.2., 2.2.2, 2. 6.2., 3.3.2., 3.4.2., 4.5.2., 6.3.2., 6.4.2. and 7.4.2. from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW, Australia.

Learning by Design is designed to help classroom teachers and school leaders integrate design thinking by using 3D printing and design as an everyday classroom tool. 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.


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.