The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-03-08T22:22:12Z Next step in making an empire 2021-03-08T22:22:12Z makers-empire Hon David Pisoni MP Minister for Innovation and Skills Hon John Gardner MP Minister for Education South Australian company Makers Empire will enhance its educational design software and equip more school students with 3D printing skills thanks to almost $300,000 in support from the Marshall Liberal Government. The State Government’s funding will be matched dollar for dollar by the company and is expected to create more than a dozen local jobs within two years. Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni says the grant will support the roll-out of Makers Empire’s MakeShop project, which aims to advance their technology and begin pilot programs in more Australian and international schools. “COVID-19 has posed a challenge to all levels of business, so it is great to see an innovative South Australian startup navigating these conditions and working to grow its suite of products for domestic and export markets” Minister Pisoni said. “The Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund provides vital seed funding to enable more businesses—like Makers Empire—to commercialise their great ideas, employ local workers and cement South Australia’s reputation as a place of innovation and excellence in hi-tech and education. “The $17.5 million allocated from the RCSF has leveraged $350 million in funding from industry and government. “The Marshall Government has developed a nurturing environment for startup businesses creating exciting new jobs in cutting edge technologies.” Minister for Education John Gardner says the Makers Empire’s MakeShop project is good news for South Australian students, helping to advance manufacturing, design and STEM knowledge in our schools. “Makers Empire has already rolled out their software to almost 2 million students in 1000 schools around the world,” Minister Gardner said. “The MakeShop project will enhance existing technology and give primary-aged students access to higher quality 3D printing, allowing them to design and print metal items such as jewellery, key rings and other objects. “This enhanced level of sophistication will ensure that the 3D printers that are in our schools can be used as a valuable education tool bringing students ideas to life.” Makers Empire CEO Jon Soong says COVID-19 caused significant disruption to the education sector, challenging his staff to support teachers and families adapting to hybrid models of learning. “However, COVID-19 also created new opportunities for us—we designed a range of remote learning resources including COVID-19 related challenges and a free Learning at Home course,” Mr Soong said. “The RCSF funding will help us test the market potential for MakeShop, which builds on our existing products to offer high-quality 3D prints to schools and parents. “Funding will be used to develop the parent/consumer market and refine user experience, as well as test production within Australia, as currently the big 3D print bureaus are all overseas. “We are grateful for this grant, and to the SA Department for Education for partnering with us over the last five years, helping us to refine and improve our products for schools." Makers Empire Supporting Teachers, Students and Families Affected by School Closures with FREE ‘Learning at Home’ Course 2020-04-04T08:39:09Z makers-empire-supporting-teachers-students-and-families-affected-by-school-closures-with-free-learning-at-home-course   Learning at Home consists of 90 x daily 30-minute Design Missions that teachers can remotely set for their students from the Makers Empire Teacher Dashboard. See more at www.makersempire.com/remotelearning. Makers Empire is used by 1+ million students and 22,000 teachers in 40 countries.  Jon Soong, CEO of Makers Empire, says, “We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the teachers and families trying to help students continue learning effectively throughout the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. We know many teachers need quality, easy to use tools for their students to use at home so we’ve created Learning at Home for them. We’re in this together.”  Bianca Laister, Deputy Principal from Birdwood Primary School in Australia, commented, "These are crazy times we're now living in and our staff are feeling quite stressed and inundated by the current situation. The free resources Makers Empire have provided will help to lighten the workload."  Features of the New & Improved Learning at Home for Teachers: - Daily Design Missions For K-6.  Learning at Home consists of daily 90 x 30-minute Design Missions, split into three grade bands: K-2, 3-4 and 5-6.  - Set Student Work Remotely. Teachers can now set their classes daily Design Missions simply and easily via the Makers Empire Teacher Dashboard. The Design Missions will then appear directly in students' devices in the Makers Empire app as a message from teachers. - Aligned to Standards. All challenges are aligned to international standards so teachers know exactly what their students are learning.  - Pedagogically Proven. Makers Empire was also recently certified by the Education Alliance Finland for pedagogical quality so teachers can be confident that their students are learning with a world-class EdTech tool. - Free To Use. All students can download and use the Makers Empire 3D design app at home for FREE. Teachers with a Makers Empire subscription can access the Learning at Home course under their current subscription. Teachers without a subscription can sign up for a FREE 4-month trial to gain access to the course. - Step-by-Step Guides for Teachers and Parents. We’ve created step-by-step guides for teachers and parents as well as a FAQ Guide to support home learning.  About Makers Empire: Makers Empire is an award-winning EdTech company that helps K-8 teachers use 3D design and 3D printing to engage students in Design Thinking and STEM learning. Our 3D solutions for schools are backed by Macquarie University research and include the world’s easiest to use 3D design software, class management tools, professional development, lesson plans, teacher resources, training and support.  More info at www.makersempire.com   (ends)   MEDIA: Please see key images attached. For general Makers Empire images please visit www.makersempire.com/press-kit. For more information and interview requests please contact Christina Soong on email: christina@makersempire.com or mobile +61 (0) 409 159 074. Professor Garfield partners with Makers Empire 2016-10-05T07:54:14Z professor-garfield-partners-with-makers-empire NEWS RELEASE: 4th October 2016. For immediate release  Professor Garfield partners with Makers Empire Makers Empire, has teamed up with cartoon icon, Professor Garfield, to launch a worldwide 3D design and print STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Mathematics) competition for school students. “Makers Empire makes STEM learning exciting and interesting for kids and this partnership with Professor Garfield is a fantastic opportunity to influence learning for the next generation,” said Jon Soong, CEO of Makers Empire.  Bob Levy, Director of Educational and Online Initiatives at Professor Garfield added "At Professor Garfield we have many years’ experience producing resources for teachers and activities for students. We love programs like this, it fits our philosophy like a glove."  The free competition is open today to individuals and schools, and winners will receive a Garfield t-shirt and an original, signed artwork by Jim Davis, creator of the iconic Garfield comic series. “We can’t wait to see the designs students come up with!” says Jon Soong. For more information: https://www.makersempire.com/garfield Makers Empire has created the world's first 3D Printing Learning Program for elementary and middle schools. Its curriculum-aligned products help teachers achieve STEM learning outcomes while encouraging students’ creativity and problem solving abilities.  Makers Empire education programs are used in hundreds of schools from New York to San Francisco, Australia, China, India and South Korea The Professor Garfield Foundation was founded by Garfield cartoonist Jim Davis and Ball State University to create digital education and entertainment with a primary emphasis on children’s literacy. The FREE website, www.professorgarfield.org is a fun interactive online environment where children can safely explore, learn and creatively express themselves. The Foundation was formed in 2003 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to provide children, parents, and teachers an opportunity to enhance and support classroom learning in new and innovative ways. The Sail Away Challenge is sponsored by Makers Empire, Professor Garfield, NYIT TBLS and Jim Davis. (ends)  For more information, please contact: Anthony Chhoy (Aus) or Rayan Nathan (USA), E: anthony@makersempire.com | rayan@makersempire.com Tel: AUS (040) 334 7994 or USA (339) 368 6399 www.makersempire.com Study shows 3D design software makes fast and significant impact on student spatial ability 2016-09-26T05:33:13Z study-shows-3d-design-software-makes-fast-and-significant-impact-on-student-spatial-ability 22 September 2016, Adelaide Australia – Two Australian teachers recently set out to investigate the impact of 3D printing on 5-7th grade students at Sturt Street Community School.  They used mental rotation, cross-section and projection tests that are commonly used to assess spatial ability and aptitude into STEM degrees as well as by the defence forces.  After 6 months’ experience with the Makers Empire 3D Printing Learning Program the results were in –the majority of students demonstrated an improved ability to mentally rotate and manipulate 3D shapes. "I was excited to see the significant improvement in the mental rotation test results for girls in this project. Apart from applications to everyday life, mental rotation is recognised as a key skill in STEM related areas. Economies of the future need to connect STEM learning with all students including girls for the jobs of the future " Mandi Dimitriadis, Director of Learning Improvement, Makers Empire. Spatial ability is rapidly gaining educators’ attention; David Lubinski a Director of the ‘Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth’  (45-year longitudinal study into 'genius'), recently singled out 'spatial ability' as an overlooked indicator of future success:  “I think it may be the largest known untapped source of human potential” [1]  Importantly Lubinski noted that students with impressive spatial ability may make exceptional engineers, architects and surgeons despite not excelling in mathematics and verbal ability.   About the Case Study Graham Gordon and Ruth Cowen conducted the Case Study with a group of 50 students at Sturt Street Community School in 2015. More details: https://www.makersempire.com/blog/3d-design-printing-spatial-awareness-case-study/   About Makers Empire Makers Empire has made the world's first 3D Printing Learning Program for elementary and middle schools. Its ground-breaking curriculum-aligned products help teachers achieve great learning outcomes as well as inspired students in critical areas such as creativity, collaboration and technology. www.makersempire.com