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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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  • Super Gadget 3D Design Competition Winners!

    We are proud to announce the Super Gadget 3D design competition winners! Students were challenged to create a superhero character and then design a new super gadget the superhero needs to fight supervillains. This was the original design challenge: We enjoyed all of the competition submissions! The students showed lots of innovation and inventor skills...

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  • Blast Off 3D Design Competition Winners!

    We are proud to announce the Blast Off 3D design competition winners and runners-up. In this competition, students celebrated International Day of Human Space Flight by designing a model of what they think a future spacecraft might look like. This was the original design challenge: We enjoyed all of the competition submissions! The students showed...

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  • Year Of The Dog 3D Design Competition Winners!

    We are proud to announce the Year Of The Dog 3D design competition winners and runners-up. In this competition, students celebrated the Chinese New Year (Year Of The Dog) by helping Theo the dog cross a bridge with his favourite stick that is too long to fit across the bridge! Students designed an invention in...

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