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  • Teach Design Thinking with Makers Empire

Design Thinking Thought Leadership

Be inspired by our expert learning team as they share the latest on Design Thinking

Lesson Plan Library with 130+ Lesson Plans

Aligned to Australian Common Core Standards, Australian Curriculum, Next Generation Science Standards

    • ENTREPRENEURS UNITED

    • Grade/s: 7, 8
    • Subject/s: Tech., Economics
    • Type: Lesson Plan

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

    • BUILDING RENOVATIONS

    • Grade/s: 7
    • Subject/s: Maths, Engineering
    • Type: Unit Plan

    Students design a 3D model of a house. They are then required to make renovations to their house design by making selected geometric changes to their houses.

    • DESIGN A PRODUCT

    • Grade/s: 6
    • Subject/s: Technologies
    • Type: Lesson Plan

    In this lesson, students will learn how to design, make and sell a 3D printed product. A great exercise for students to learn about product design, prototyping, entrepreneurship and marketing.

    • NATURAL DISASTERS

    • Grade/s: 6
    • Subject/s: Science, Technologies
    • Type: Lesson Plan

    Students identify and study problems caused by natural disasters. They devise solutions to these problems and then design and 3D print their practical remedies.

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Design Thinking Competitions

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  • Terrific Treasure Design Thinking Competition Winners

    We are proud to announce the winners of Makers Empire's Design Thinking competition from August/September: Terrific Treasure. In this competition, students were challenged to design an eye-catching treasure for their hero. We enjoyed viewing all of the 6,000+ competition submissions in this competition. Click on the images below to view the designs in 3D and see all...

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  • Find A Way 3D Design Thinking Competition Winners!

    We are proud to announce the winners of Makers Empire's Design Thinking competition from July: Find A Way! In this competition, students were challenged to design a complex 3D maze that they could get lost in. This was the original design challenge: We enjoyed all of the competition submissions! The mazes that students created were incredibly complex...

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  • Splash Down 3D Design Competition Winners!

    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...

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