Teach Design & Technology Curriculum

Makers Empire is an award-winning, evidence-based teaching tool to help primary, elementary and middle school teachers engage students in design and technology and cover the required curriculum.

Makers Empire helps busy teachers harness the power of 3D technology to make learning fun whilst teaching students important Design Thinking, STEM and 21st-century skills.

Makers Empire’s plans include everything teachers need to plan, teach and assess student work against Design and Technology curriculum with 3D design and 3D printing.

In this page, we share some of the ways Makers Empire tools and resources can be used to teach Design and Technology curriculum.

An All-In-One Solution





Our in-app challenge courses, daily challenges and monthly competitions are aligned to: 
  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • International Baccalaureate
  • National Curriculum (UK)
  • The Australian Curriculum
  • NSW Curriculum
  • Victorian Curriculum
The 150+ lesson plans in the Teacher Dashboard are aligned to all of the above curriculum as well as the Common Core State Standards. 
Student workbooks and teacher guides can be aligned to the above standards and others as required.

Teaching and Learning

Professional development
  • Train the trainer
  • Blended online
  • Self paced online
  • ‘Learning by Design’ course

Student Tools

Makers Empire 3D design software
  • Basic and pro tutorials
  • Challenge courses
  • Design competitions
  • Windows, Chromebooks, Macs, Android, iPads
  • Offline mode

Teacher Tools

Makers Empire Teacher’s Dashboard
  • View and manage students and their designs
  • Access teacher resources and online professional development


  • Customised software development
  • Integration

Makers Empire Curriculum

Based on, and aligned to the above curriculum, the Makers Empire Design Curriculum describes the development of skills, knowledge and understandings across K-6. It aims to help students:

  • develop confidence as designers and problem solvers;
  • use design thinking processes to generate & communicate design ideas;
  • produce designed solutions suitable for a range of technologies contexts by selecting and manipulating a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment creatively, competently and safely; and managing processes;
  • evaluate processes and designed solutions and transfer knowledge and skills to new situations;
  • become competent users of 3D design and 3D printing;
  • develop spatial awareness; and
  • understand how technology is and can be used to develop designed solutions in real-world contexts and for a range of users.

In-App Challenge Courses

iPad showing Makers Empire 3D design app curriculum-aligned to mars design challenges

Makers Empire’s Challenge Courses are accessed through Challenge Central in the Makers Empire app. Each course is carefully aligned to curriculum outcomes and is designed to be completed over a series of lessons.

Teachers, for example, might plan to have their students work through a Challenge Course for one lesson per week over a term. Over that term, students will be addressing all aspects of the Design and Technologies curriculum without teachers needing to do any extra planning. 

Each course contains four different activities: 

  1. Videos: we introduce information and ideas. 
  2. Quizzes: students test their knowledge and understanding in a Game Show style multiple-choice quiz.
  3. Pro-training tutorials: students are led step-by-step to design some cool things and learn new skills. 
  4. Design challenges: students are given an open-ended design challenge or problem to solve.

Professional Development - Train the Trainer Programs

Through our custom professional learning programs, teachers learn how to use 3D and design to transform the way they teach Design and Technology curriculum and STEM subjects and help students develop important design thinking and 21st-century learning skills.

We’ve delivered 3D technology to groups of 200+ schools in AustraliaAmerica and the Middle East so we have the experience, the skills and team to deliver a successful program for you.

Makers Empire can provide curriculum, 3D software (Makers Empire 3D), teacher resources, training and support to train teachers so they can successfully deliver the program. Makers Empire’s learning team can also provide development, review of student workbooks and teacher guides.

Example Lesson Plans

Grades: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Subjects: Science, Technologies

Students design and 3D print a maze that can be used with a 3mm ball bearing. Building 3D mazes is a great way for students to explore spatial concepts, solve problems and build structures within design constraints provided. 

Grades: 5, 6

Subjects: Mathematics, Technologies

Students learn about measuring volumes and capacity by designing and printing a chocolate mould. They will design moulds for making individual chocolates and calculate the capacity of their chocolate moulds.

Grades: 7, 8
Subjects: Technologies, Economics

Students investigate the attributes and skills of successful entrepreneurs. They use design thinking processes to plan an entrepreneurial venture and develop 3D printed prototypes of their ideas.

Case Study: UAE Country-Wide Rollout


Makers Empire partnered with Dubai-based education consultancy company, Ibtikar, to deliver a country-wide rollout of 3D technology into over 200 primary schools in 2018/2019 for the United Arab Emirates, Ministry of Education (MoE).

To achieve the country-wide rollout, Makers Empire provided curriculum, 3D software, teacher resources, training and support to train MoE teachers to successfully deliver the new program. This transfer of knowledge and skills in Design Thinking and Maker pedagogy was integral to the program’s success and the MoE teachers’ professional development.

After the success with Grade 7 students in 2018/2019, MoE deployed Makers Empire to all students in Grades 5 and 3 in 2019/2020 and 2021/2021

School Case Studies

Why a Veteran EdTech Teacher in New York’s Westbury School District Chose Makers Empire

Milagros Henriquez-Santiago is the Educational Technology Coach K-5 and the Robotics Coach for Park Avenue School in New York. We spoke with her to learn why she chose Makers Empire.

How a Teacher in Dubai Teaches Design Thinking and PBL with Makers Empire

Reham Eid is a teacher and former architect living in Dubai. We spoke to her to learn more about how she is using Makers Empire in her classroom to teach STEAM and project-based learning.

chris burdman, teacher, 3d printing tips

So You Have a 3D printer – Now What? A Frank Account of 3D Printing in the Classroom

Christopher Burdman is a grade 3-5 STEM teacher at Joseph P Tyan Elementary School in Boston. Here he shares a frank and engaging account of his 3D journey and his top tips for teachers.

What Teachers Say About Makers Empire