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STEM/STEAM Thought Leadership

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  • How A Teacher is Using 3D Printing to Transform STEAM Learning In Her School District

    Robin McGinnis is North/South/Jr. High Lead Teacher-STEAM for the Mount Healthy City School District and a Makers Empire Ambassador. Robin first came across Makers Empire when she was part of the GE Additive Program 2017-18, a worldwide program delivering 3D technology to schools. Previously, we've interviewed Robin about her journey from 3D printing novice to...

  • 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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    5 Real-Life Examples of Teachers Using 3D Printing to Teach the ‘E’ (Engineering) in STEM

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.

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  • Competitions, Challenges & Experiences Your Students Will Love | Design Thinking | STEM

    At Makers Empire, we want to help children become creators, innovators and problem solvers so they can adapt and thrive in a dynamic world. We do this by equipping educators with the tools, resources and support they need to embrace creativity and making in education for improved student performance, engagement and learning. We've created this...

  • 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...

  • 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...