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STEM/STEAM Thought Leadership

Be inspired by our expert learning team as they share the latest on STEM learning with 3D

  • The Interdisciplinary Power of STEM

    STEM has been a hot topic for some time now, and we need it to stay that way as educators, industry and government work together to make sure that our young people are well equipped to thrive in the future. I think we can all agree that our young people are heading into a future...

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    How to Teach the ‘E’ in STEM with 3D Printing: Engineering in Primary School

    Are we teaching all the letters in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer and Mathematics) or are some receiving more attention than others? If you look around, math and science are staples of education, while technology is integrated into many areas of student learning. But what about engineering? Engineering, the ‘E’ in STEM, is often overlooked, especially...

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  • Encouraging Girls in STEM: How Your School Can Make A Difference

    The shortage of women in STEM careers and STEM fields has been well documented. Girls that enjoy STEM subjects in primary and elementary school grow into young women who may then go on to study STEM subjects in high school and a STEM-related degree at college or university. This provides a pathway to a career...

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  • Why spatial intelligence is important and how to help develop it with 3D printing

    You've heard of intellectual intelligence (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ) a measure of a person's reasoning and emotional ability, respectively. But are you familiar with spatial intelligence and its importance in education and learning? Spatial intelligence or spatial ability is the skill required to mentally manipulate 2D and 3D objects. So why should classroom teachers...

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  • STEM, STEAM, STREAM... How 3D Design and Printing Supports Them All

    If you're wondering how to use 3D design and printing to support your STEM, STEAM or STREAM learning goals, Makers Empire has got your back. Why not try one of the following ideas in your K-8 classroom today? Science  The real world application of 3D printing in the sciences is perhaps the most revolutionary application of 3D technology. Scientists can...

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  • How Makers Empire develops STEM skills using 3D printing

    Australia's National STEM School Education Strategy was announced in December 2015. In line with world wide attention to improving engagement and achievement in STEM based learning, the strategy details a comprehensive plan for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in Australia. The goals of the strategy are: 1.To ensure all students finish school with strong...

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Lesson Plan Library with 130+ Lesson Plans

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

    • MELTING ICE

    • Grade/s: 5
    • Subject/s: Science
    • Type: Lesson Plan

    In this lesson, students explore states of matter. They design an investigation to find out whether ice melting on land or melting sea ice has the most impact on sea levels.

    • RACING ALONG

    • Grade/s: 4
    • Subject/s: Technologies
    • Type: Lesson Plan

    In this engaging lesson, students will research and investigate friction. They will roll toys cars down a ramp onto different surfaces to test the effect of friction.

    • STAND UP AND BE COUNTED

    • Grade/s: 7, 8
    • Subject/s: Engineering
    • Type: Lesson Plan

    In this engineering challenge, students are asked to design a stand for an iPad or tablet to help their school save money having to buy commercially made products.

    • COMPLEX SHAPES AND LANDMARKS

    • Grade/s: 4, 5
    • Subject/s: Mathematics
    • Type: Lesson Plan

    Students review 2D shapes and learn about their relationship to 3D objects. They learn how 2D shapes make up famous landmarks such as Paris' Louvre Pyramid.

School Case Studies

Discover how these teachers and students are using Makers Empire in the classroom

  • 10 Ways Teachers are Enhancing STEM Learning with 3D Printing

    Few would argue that STEM learning in K-8 schools is a bad idea. But many are unaware of just how important these STEM initiatives are to our schools. As reported by CNBC, last year the US had three million STEM jobs left unfilled due to a lack of qualified workers. The same is true in...

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  • How Huntfield Heights School students use 3D printing to clean up local pollution

    Teacher Aaron Vigor from Huntfield Heights Primary School was completely new to 3D printing before he embarked on the Learning by Design course with Makers Empire as part of the DECD rollout to 49 South Australian schools. "Before the project, I had no knowledge of 3D printing. I knew it existed but had no idea...

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  • 10YO boy invents world-first test strip disposal unit for diabetics using 3D printing

    Where do good ideas come from? It's said that necessity is the mother of invention. Whether it's an everyday inconvenience or a big picture challenge, innovation is driven by people simply trying to solve a problem. In the case of 12YO William Grame, trying to solve an everyday frustration sparked an unexpected journey as an inventor...

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  • How St. Ann School students use 3D printing to develop STEM skills and social awareness

    We recently caught up with Kim Smith (below), the amazing Technology Director for St. Ann School in New Jersey to learn about the fantastic ways she is using the Makers Empire 3D Printing Learning Program at the school. St. Ann School has used the Makers Empire 3D printing learning program since 2016 across all grade levels....

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  • How Redlands School students study space exploration with 3D Printing

    At Makers Empire, we love hearing about the clever ways schools use 3D printing and design to enhance and transform their students' learning experience. We recently caught up with Shireen Winrow, the E-learning facilitator at Redlands School in Sydney, Australia, to discuss how they have been using Makers Empire at Redlands. A Microsoft Innovate Expert Educator, Shireen is...

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  • How STEM and 3D Printing can benefit regional communities

    In 2014, Makers Empire partnered with the South Australian education department (DECD) to pilot 3D printing in primary schools. This pilot included 18 schools in and around Mt Gambier and was steered by Education Director, Adam Box, and his colleague, Emma Handford, Business and Partnerships Manager. Makers Empire recently talked with Emma and Adam about their experiences...

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Bite-Sized Lesson Ideas

Try one of these free sample ideas and see how learning is transformed with 3D

  • Top 10 Science 3D Design Lesson Ideas for Students

    Makers Empire’s 3D Design software can really help young designers to think scientifically. Here are our top 10 design challenges for K-8 students that bring science and 3D design together. What Do You Notice? Scientists make observations. They are curious and take notice of the world around them. They think about their observations and ask questions that...

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  • Top 10 Mathematics 3D Design Challenges

    At Makers Empire we see lots of great examples of teachers integrating 3D design and printing into different curriculum areas. Here are our top ten design challenge ideas for integrating mathematics with 3D design. 1. Use Makers Empire’s Blocker Module to create shapes and designs that have specific perimeters. What if students were asked to...

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  • Top 10 Mind-Boggling Design Lesson Ideas

    We thought we would have a bit of fun with our design challenges this week and share our top ten mind-boggling brain-teasers. Makers Empire design software is a great place for manipulating objects in 3D and solving spatial problems. 1. Impossible Shapes Can you design a shape that looks like it is impossible? For example,...

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