We are using cookies to give a better service experience. By using our services you agree to use cookies. Read more

All articles

Makers Empire 3D Learning Program

Teach Design & Technology curriculum with the world's easiest to use 3D design app for K-8.

Develop primary, elementary and middle school children’s creative confidence and design thinking skills with the world’s most fun and easy to use 3D Design and Technology program. Makers Empire is an all-in-one solution for teachers to effectively plan, teach and assess students' work against international Design & Technology and engineering curriculum using 3D design and 3D printing.

HundrED 2022


HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED 2022

Web presence






Target group
April 2021
"I never get tired of the excitement I feel when I see a student’s face light up with the self-belief that they can solve problems and make a difference."

About the 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.

What does your innovation look like 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.

Impact & scalability

HundrED Academy Reviews
The program has already been implemented in 51 countries and it invites educators to sign up for a free 2-month teacher trial to experience the Makers Empire 3D design app and the Makers Empire Teacher Dashboard's tools and resources with students.
Student exposure to 3D design from early ages promotes confidence in math ability as well as visual perception skills. This is a fun way to learn and socialise that results in a physical product.
- Academy member
Academy review results
High Impact
Low Scalability
High Impact
High Scalability
Low Impact
Low Scalability
Low Impact
High Scalability
Read more about our selection process


Channel 9 News: Makers Empire Receives Grants to Create MakeShop STEM Program for Schools
Channel 9 News: Future of Technology | Australia's Largest Rollout of 3D Printing in Schools
3D Printing Highly Effective for Building Creative Skills in K–12 [#Infographic]
'3-D printing a ‘big hit’ at RJK' and more education news
Essential SEL Resources: Covid-19
Educational Resources for Students 3D Printing from Home
Makers Empire | EdTech Digest
From KC to Down Under, expanded LEANLAB attracts education innovators to latest fellowship
Australian 3D technology to help UAE teach 21st Century skills - The Lead South Australia
'It was amazing': How 3D printers taught kindy kids to take risks
Makers Empire wins US backing
20 of the Coolest Things Ever Made with a 3D Printer
New study highlights impact of makerspaces in schools
Studie ermittelt Vorteile von 3D-Druckern in Grundschulen für Kinder
Comment les élèves et les enseignants peuvent-ils bénéficier de l'impression 3D? - 3Dnatives

Implementation steps

Sign up for a free two-month trial

Teacher, administrator or school leader? Visit www.makersempire.com and sign up for a free two-month trial.

Request a custom quote

Visit https://www.makersempire.com/request-quote/ to request your custom quote today. 

Download the free Makers Empire 3D app

Want to give the app a try? Visit www.makersempire.com/download and get Makers Empire's powerful but easy to use 3D design app today. 

Educator? Sign up for a free, two-month trial and gain access to the Teacher's Dashboard with professional development, lesson plans, and assessment tools.

Spread of the innovation

loading map...