In this article:
• What is the Makers Empire Design Curriculum?
• How do my students use curriculum-aligned Challenge Courses?
• How do I assess curriculum-aligned Challenge Courses?



WHAT IS THE MAKERS EMPIRE DESIGN CURRICULUM?

The Makers Empire Design Curriculum describes the development of skills, knowledge and understandings across K-6. 

The aims of the Makers Empire Design Curriculum are that students:

  • develop confidence as designers and problem solvers.
  • use design thinking processes to generate and communicate design ideas
  • produce designed solutions by selecting and manipulating a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment creatively, competently and safely.
  • evaluate processes and designed solutions and transfer knowledge and skills to new situations
  • become competent users of 3D design and 3D printing
  • develop and apply spatial reasoning skills and spatial awareness 
  • understand how technology is and can be used to develop designed solutions in real-world contexts and for a range of users.

The Makers Empire Design curriculum is based on design and technology, and engineering curricula from around the world including:

  • The Australian Curriculum: Technologies, Design and Technologies
  • The NSW Syllabus: Science K-10 (incorporating Science and Technology K-6) 
  • Victorian Curriculum: Technologies, Design and Technologies
  • Next Generation Science Standards: Engineering Design (US)
  • ISTE Standards for Students: Innovative Designer 

The Makers Empire Design Curriculum has 6 content strands:

  1. Technology Applications
  2. Investigating
  3. Generating Ideas
  4. Prototyping and Modelling
  5. Testing and Evaluating
  6. Planning and Managing 

The 6 content strands include skills, knowledge and understandings that develop across 3 bands: K-2, 3-4, 5-6.

A pre-K band will be developed to address the NSW Early Stage 1 syllabus and the Victorian A-D level curriculum.

Although the Makers Empire Design Curriculum focusses on design and technology, and engineering, the Makers Empire 3D learning program can also be used to effectively integrate other curriculum areas. For examples of how to use Makers Empire to achieve integrated learning outcomes, please refer to the Lesson Library and Professional Development Modules in the Teacher’s Dashboard.


HOW DO MY STUDENTS USE CURRICULUM-ALIGNED CHALLENGE COURSES?

1. Curriculum aligned Challenge Course can be found in Challenge Central on the World map.

* NOTE Challenge Central is only be available for users who have entered a Class Code and reached Level 3.

2. On entering Challenge Central, students will see a Challenge Course and the first challenge will be ready to start.

3. There are four types of challenges: video, quiz, pro-training and design challenge. The sequence of challenges is designed to give students context, build their understanding of a topic and demonstrate the skills required to complete a task, before presenting them with the opportunity to solve problems and present their own ideas in the design challenges.

4. Once a student has completed the Challenge Course they can submit their work to their teacher by clicking on the final challenge.

But first they are encouraged to self assess and make any improvements before they submit their work for assessment.

HOW DO I ASSESS CURRICULUM-ALIGNED CHALLENGE COURSES?

1. Once a student has submitted a Challenge Course for assessment in Challenge Central, they will see an hourglass icon, meaning this challenge is awaiting assessment.

2. In the Teachers Dashboard, go to Class Management > Progress Report. Find the student you want to assess and click More Options (the three dots) and choose Assess.

3. You can assess your students' work as Above Satisfactory, Satisfactory or Below Satisfactory. You're also asked to leave a short comment for your student that they will see in the Makers Empire 3D app.

If you have any questions about the Makers Empire Design Curriculum or Challenge Courses, let us know at info@makersempire.com - or click the chat icon on the bottom right of your screen.

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