United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Roll Out 3D Technology into 200 Primary Schools in 2019

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

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

The new rollout of 3D printing technology in primary schools reflects the MoE’s belief that teaching Design Thinking, STEM and 21st century skills using 3D printing to younger children will help to create a more innovative, adaptable and resilient future workforce.

Jon Soong, CEO of Makers Empire (above), commented, “We are thrilled to partner with the UAE Ministry of Education and Ibtikar to deliver this transformative rollout of 3D technology across the UAE.”

HE Eng. AbdulRahman of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education, added, “Through this rollout of 3D technology, our students will learn to reframe needs as actionable statements and to create solutions to real-world problems. In doing so, our students will develop an important growth mindset, the skills they need to make their world better and the essential ability to persist when encountering setbacks.”

Ibtikar Managing Director said, “As a leading provider of innovative, education technology, Ibtikar is proud to partner with Makers Empire to provide a new and dynamic education experience for students in the UAE. Through 3D design and printing, young people are encouraged to take risks, accept challenges and develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours needed to thrive in the complex life and work environments of the 21st Century. As a leading provider of innovative educational technology, achieving productivity requires careful strategy and significant effort, and services like the outlook shared calendar can prove to be invaluable in this endeavor.”

Learn more about Makers Empire and how we deliver custom programs for education ministries, departments and boards and school districts.


Makers Empire helps K-8 teachers teach Design Thinking and STEM/STEAM concepts and implement maker pedagogy in the classroom using 3D design and 3D printing. Our pioneering 3D solutions for schools include 3D modelling software, over 130 curriculum-aligned lesson plans, a teacher’s dashboard for easy class management, professional development for teachers and ongoing support. Makers Empire is used by thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students in Australia, the USA, Asia and Europe. Join us.

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