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SA DECD: 3D Printing in Primary Schools

In Australia’s first large-scale rollout, 49 South Australian primary schools took part in a joint initiative between Makers Empire, the South Australian Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) and public schools to engage students in STEM using 3D technology.

With professional learning support from Makers Empire and using Makers Empire’s 3D software, teachers from each school learned how to use 3D technology to develop students’ critical, creative, design thinking and STEM skills.

As part of the project, each school came together to share their learning in a series of successful Showcase Days. Each teacher also had to complete a unit of work, such as a 3D printing lesson plan – you can browse all 49 lesson plans created by participating teachers below.

Some teachers made videos to document and share their learning – see below.



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What participating SA DECD teachers thought

“This was the best PD that I have been involved in for ages. Being able to work collaboratively to plan a unit of learning based around 3D printing was excellent… 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 – even if it was just a small jam making issue. The fact that they could see they could help someone through their own design, meant their learning was authentic and valued.”
“We were completely blown away by the diverse displays, presentations and stories that have made the 3D Printing in Primary Schools project such a success. Every story showed how you’ve been able to integrate 3D technology into teaching and learning across the curriculum. More importantly, every story showed how the technology is a tool, helping to develop critical & creative thinking, design thinking and powerful learner dispositions. To hear students share their learning so confidently, enthusiastically and articulately was so very exciting.”
“Makers Empire is friendly towards all ability groups and help engage students who are less motivated to be working in the classroom… 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. I have also show my nieces and nephews and given them a chance to create items and they have enjoyed this a lot.”

Lesson and Unit Plans by participating SA DECD teachers

Media Coverage

Yorke Peninsula County Times: Showcasing 3D talent at WMPS

Northern Argus: One of 50 schools to trial curriculum

The Gawler Bunyip: 3D’s creative power

Transcontinental Port August: 3D technology for Port Augusta primary schools

West Coast Sentinel: Miltaburra students embrace 3D technology

Education HQ: Art comes to life in school’s 3D printing project

Naracoorte Herald: South East schools back 3D printing program

Border Chronicle: Mundulla Primary win new 3D printer

5MU: 3D Printers Headed To Local Primary Schools

Try the Amazing Mazes lesson Plan by Makers Empire 

Inspired? Keen to try Makers Empire at your school?

Fill in your details below and we’ll get you started with our
Amazing Mazes lesson plan (K-8 | Maths, Technologies). 

Amazing Mazes includes two, step-by-step videos for
both teachers and students to support and inspire
learning, as well as links to relevant curriculum.

Teach STEM subjects, design thinking and 21st century skills
with 3D printing and transform classroom learning today.