We are proud to announce the winners of Makers Empire’s Design Thinking competition from June: Splash Down! In this competition, students were challenged to design a landing pad where bees could safely access the water to drink. This was the original design challenge:
We enjoyed all of the competition submissions! The students created such thoughtful, practical and creative designs that would help bees access water. Here we highlight the winner and runners-up for the June Splash Down competition. You can also view these designs as well as past competition winners in our Hall of Fame.

Winner – Bee Bee – Melbourne Grammar School

Runner Up – Soooo cooool – Aberfoyle Park Primary

Designer description: Because it is awesome and I bought stuff for it and it’s amazing.

Runner Up – Landscape – St Peters Woodlands

Designer Description: I think my design should win because it’s got trees, flowers and some water. I think this will be a safe place for a bee to land.

Runner Up – Bee Helipad – Triangle Day School

Designer Description: I spent a lot of time and effort on this piece.

Runner UpBee On Helipad – Stirling North Primary School

Designer description: Cause it has a landing space for a bee, it also has a bee and trees and a waterhole and much much more. How amazing are these designs!? Congratulations again to our winners! You can see all the past 3D design competition winners and details for our current design competition here. Encourage your students to explore 3D design by entering our latest design competition – You will surely be surprised by what they create! Congratulations again to our Splash Down 3D design competition winners!


Jeanette McConnell, Ph.D. is a passionate educator with a strong scientific background. She earned a bachelors degree in biochemistry at San Diego State University and went on to earn a doctoral degree in chemistry at the University of NSW. Throughout her studies, she tutored her fellow students. Her experience presenting science shows and workshops to children convinced her of the value of a hands-on education. She believes Makers Empire is the way to make learning hands-on and harness the power of 3D printing technology in education.

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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.