After a month of using Makers Empire with many different students using the challenges of Bubble Wand, Cookie Cutter, Snowman, Maze, Name Tag, and Bookmark, our students have shown me that Makers Empire will change our 3D design landscape for our younger learners.
With over 5,000 designs, I am now meeting with each student to have them pick their top design that they want to print in the month of February.
With a teacher dashboard of lesson plans, how to understand the software and 3D printing, video tutorials, and strong professional development, I feel that it is worth the investment for our students and staff. Makers Empire will change 3D design for our younger students with different access points and solid curricular connections.
The challenge is to realize that the resources are there... you need to reformulate your perception of how to use the resources.
Today seven classes at Country View started our pilot of Makers Empire. Students in Ms. Nolan's (4) class are combining it with Genius Hour. Ms. Dalhoff (4/5) and Ms. Crowe (1), Ms. Fortney (5) and Ms. Graham (2), and Ms. Oscar (4) and Ms. Lawry (1) are using this opportunity to learn with their buddies.
As I look at the teacher dashboard tonight, I see that many of our students who can take their iPads home are doing it at home. I can't wait to see what this group creates!