Mandi Dimitriadis, Director of Learning, Makers Empire
Makers Empire 3D Learning Program
HundrED shortlisted this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
To help students develop their creative, critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration skills and an innovation mindset.
To help teachers teach STEM in a fun & engaging way via a 3D design app.
To support teachers with the tools, resources, professional development & training so they can effectively plan & teach Design & Technology and Engineering curriculum and assess student work.
How does your innovation work in practice?
Makers Empire is a fun and easy to use 3D Design & Technology program to support primary, elementary and middle school teachers in effectively implementing STEM and international Design & Technology curriculum.
Teachers use our pioneering tools and resources:
1) Makers Empire 3D Software - students use the Makers Empire 3D app created for 5-12 YO children as an immersive, fun and safe learning environment.
2) Makers Empire Teacher Dashboard - teachers access the Teacher Dashboard for 150+ lesson plans, professional development, class management and assessment tools.
3) Custom professional development courses for enhanced learning opportunities (optional)
Our innovation works. A 12-month Macquarie University research study into primary school makerspaces revealed that Makers Empire can be highly effective at developing children’s creativity, critical thinking, design thinking and digital skills. See https://primarymakers.com/
How has it been spreading?
We work primarily with schools. We have partnered with education departments, ministries and sponsors for rollouts to groups of 200+ schools in Australia, the USA and the UAE. Rolling out to large groups helps create sustainable & scalable networks and systemic change.
We have partnered with universities, research groups and organisations to collect data showing evidence of our impact on learning outcomes. Makers Empire has also received numerous accreditations, awards and endorsements from education and Edtech organisations.
Makers Empire helps 29,000+ educators teach Design Thinking and STEM using 3D design and printing to 2,400,000 students in 51 countries around the world. Students have created more than 50 million designs using Makers Empire - that's 100,000 new designs each day!
If I want to try it, what should I do?
Educator? Sign up for a free 2-month teacher trial to experience both the Makers Empire 3D design app and the Makers Empire Teacher Dashboard's tools and resources with your students at https://www.makersempire.com/
Parent or student? To download the free Makers Empire 3D app visit your usual app store or https://www.makersempire.com/download. Makers Empire works on all devices.