Gilles St Primary School use design and 3D printing to brainstorm Adelaide Landmark 2040

12 Dec 14


It is 2040 and Adelaide will have a new landmark.

We have turned to the creative geniuses at Gilles St Primary School to seek their new ideas about what landmark would make Adelaide stand out. New York have their Statue of Liberty, Paris their Eiffel Tower, London their Big Ben. What will Adelaide have?

In preparation for their task at hand year 5 students got into groups of 4 and together revised their mathematical concepts of measurements that included shapes, Pythagoras, units of measure, area and volume. After all, if you are going to build a new landmark, you have to consider how big it is and where it will go.

Gilles St Primary School Students revising their knowledge of measurement in preparation for designing Adelaide’s 2040 landmark

Innovation thrives from new ideas and the students were at their creative best. In groups of two, the students went about their designs on Makers Empire 3D design app. They had to brainstorm where it would go, how big it needed to be, what relevance to the community and working collaboratively.

Gilles St Primary School designing Adelaide’s 2040 landmark with Makers Empire 3D design app
Gilles St Primary School designing Adelaide’s 2040 landmark with Makers Empire 3D design app
Gilles St Primary School designing Adelaide’s 2040 landmark with Makers Empire 3D design app

Some of the designs by students included: a giant large computer console to replace the big rocking horse; a new vertical sign at The Adelaide Entertainment Centre; a giant aboriginal art inspired land mark in the city; a new building called The City to replace the Westpac building to be the tallest building in the world; Captain cook with a football; a massive bridge connecting the sea to the Adelaide Hills; a giant uranium building in the city centre; a boomerang circled by emus.

Giant Computer Console — Gilles St Primary School design for Adelaide’s 2040 Landmark in Makers Empire 3D design app
Bridge from Sea to Adelaide Hills — Gilles St Primary School design for Adelaide’s 2040 Landmark in Makers Empire 3D design app
Aboriginal art inspired landmark — Gilles St Primary School design for Adelaide’s 2040 Landmark in Makers Empire 3D design app

After designing, the students then shared in front of the class their ideas for the new landmark and explained the inspiration behind it practicing their presentation skills.

Gilles St Primary School students explain to class their design for Adelaide’s 2040 Landmark in Makers Empire 3D design app

Jon Soong, CEO Makers Empire, “The students at Gilles St Primary School came up with some great Adelaide Landmarks in the Makers Empire 3D design app. A giant computer console! why not? a bridge from the sea to the Adelaide Hills! That will definitely cut travel time to the beach and the hills! We were particular impressed with their presentation skills and being able to explain their designs.”

Curriculum used:

Makers Empire Lesson Plan — Year 4/5 — Measurements and Proportions aligned with Australian Curriculum

About Makers Empire

Makers Empire is the creator of the ‘World’s Easiest to Use 3D Printing Software’. Integrated within a complete Learning Program, the software inspires students with the possibilities of creativity and innovation using 3D printing. Makers Empire brings the fun and excitement of easily designing and printing in 3D to the classroom, preparing our students for the jobs of tomorrow.

Ready to prepare children for the future? Visit us at www.makersempire.com or e-mail us at info@makersempire.com

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