Real-world design for hands-on STEAM learning.

Empowering educators to teach creativity and the engineering design process (K-12) with ease and confidence. Our award-winning education tools and integrated real-world projects are suitable for classrooms, makerspaces, and at-home learning.

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  • Makes integrating maths & art for the engineering design process EASY.

  • Develops students’ capacity for geometric and spatial thinking for design thinking.

  • Supports the development of creativity and critical thinking.

  • Links directly to STEAM curriculum outcomes K-12

  • Super easy to use and suitable for all ages

  • Future focused courses in engineering design

  • Real-world collaboration and access to problem-based learning opportunities

  • Inquiry/problem-based pedagogical approach to learning.

  • Integrates the development of the 4C’s through hands-on engineering design projects.

  • 100+ step-by-step video tutorials via our YouTube channel that focuses on the design engineering process.

  • Comprehensive written support materials to support design thinking skills.

  • 2hr online ‘Splat – Getting Started’ course

  • Online design community for continued support

Our aim is to support the authentic development of creativity and complex problem solving for the engineering design process.

Why we focus on the engineering design process, and spatial skills?

Research clearly points towards these two fundamental skill sets being critical for success in STEAM across all fields.

Visual-spatial ability is often cited as the number one predictor of long-term success in STEM across all fields. It is critical to the engineering design process and is optimally developed in the early-primary years.

Design Thinking skills require creative thinking and complex problem-solving skills. It is recognised in industry as one of the hardest skill sets to automate. These skills are at the heart of the engineering design process.

As teachers, we are required to teach the foundational skills for the engineering design process. Curiosity, inquiry, and our understanding of space and shapes are all critical elements in this process. Giving teachers a roadmap on how to do this is at the heart of what we do.

Students who master these skills are more likely to innovate products and services that will breakthrough limitations and help us find new pathways for change.

Our Awards and Partnerships

This is outstanding, hands on, relevant and can be implemented immediately.

Jeremy NSW, Classroom Teacher

My students love your tutorials and their sketching ability has sky rocketed. Peta Bourke Head Teacher TAS.

Peta NSW, Head Teacher

Hey! I am so glad you took the risk and designed this little ripper! Having highly intellectually challenge and mostly non verbal students this was the be all and end all to them! Such creative kids seeing things in their minds but they have never been able to articulate those images and ideas onto paper!! Kylie thanks to you they now can! I have never seen them so happy! Honestly, thank you!

Jodie NSW, Classroom Teacher

Once I had shown my HT I hoped she was happy to get 20, she said no! They are brilliant get 60!

Bryce NSW, Classroom Teacher

I just wanted you to know my order arrived and my students absolutely LOVED the Splats! We are practised using your video tutorials and then they were off, making their own designs.

Chrisy WA, Classroom Teacher

Think of it as the Swiss Army knife of drawing tools, putting together all the necessary items to create 3D designs and artworks. It’s cheap, portable and you can view a heap of free tutorials…

Total Girl Magazine 2019

I love anything that’s going to assist students in executing mathematical outcomes. I wouldn’t share anything that I didn’t try and love… This makes drawing in 3D objects so easy!

Sarah , GATS Teacher

Excellent resources and great ideas to assist students learning.

David, Classroom Teacher

What we teach is guided by the principles of good design.

  • Authentically solve problems

  • Promotes sustainability

  • Evoke curiosity of the senses

  • Inspires intuitive engagement

  • Promotes accessibility

  • Empowers the user

  • Delivers on durability

Our community

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Child Safety Policy2021-08-14T13:32:12+10:00

At Design Nuts Pty Ltd (“Company”) we understand that there are numerous risks associated with children and young people accessing content online, including breaches of privacy that may lead to fraud, identity theft and unauthorised access to personal information. Other risks include image-based abuse, cyberbullying, stalking and exposure to illicit materials. The Company requires that all of our employees conduct themselves according to the highest standards of ethics, integrity, and behaviour when interacting with children online, as well as implementing measures to protect them from potential misconduct from other parties. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, full compliance with all legal obligations imposed by statute or any other source of law. All staff of the company must hold current Working With Children Checks (or their state equivalent based on location in which they reside).

This policy establishes the standards of behaviour that must be met by all employees throughout online interactions with children. Where these standards are not met, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. This policy applies to pre-recorded video content, live streams and video conferencing, live chat, comments, community platforms, social media and any other online interactions with children.

Breach of this policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment or summary dismissal. In the case of any breach the appropriate authorities will be notified.


In order to protect the mental and physical well-being of children and young people, the following guidelines should be followed by all employees of the Company in relation to online interactions with children:

Regarding Design Nuts employee’s own conduct:

  • All presenting staff must hold current Working With Children Checks.
  • Ensure that no inappropriate image(s), inappropriate video(s) or personal information is visible to the children. Inappropriate materials include content of a sexual, violent, dangerous or potentially harmful nature.
  • Use appropriate language throughout the delivery. Employees are not to use profanities, sexually explicit language, or offensive language.
  • Employees are not to encourage dangerous acts that children can easily imitate. A warning not to perform dangerous activities, or the need for professional or adult supervision must accompany the content presented.
  • Employees must not engage in emotionally-distressing behaviour that would encourage cyberbullying, or target individuals for abuse, humiliation, or violence.
  • The same principles which regular child protection policy requires apply to interactions online. Where possible ensure any interactions or correspondence with children online are visible to two or more parties, and recorded in an unalterable manner.
  • Employees must not knowingly initiate first contact privately with children online via email, instant messaging apps or social media.
  • We acknowledge that it is not always possible to discern the age of the sender simply by email address or account name. When interacting via email, always carbon copy the Company email account when responding to emails from clients that are potentially children. Any direct or private interactions on social media or other online platforms must use official Company accounts accessible by more than one employee.

Regarding the prevention of potential misconduct by other parties:

  • A protocol is in place, in accordance with the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Act 2015, for any client or employee to report incidents relating to a child’s experience with other participants or the Company’s employee. All reports will be reviewed and addressed by designated personnel.
  • Look out for and minimise cyberbullying behaviour, take action, and where possible, record (without identifiable images of individuals) and report incidents to designated personnel.
  • Clearly outline expectations to the audience, and consequences of misconduct during online interactions with children.
  • Any participation of children visible or audible to other parties must be voluntary and have consent from the child’s parent or legal guardian before featuring them in visual online content.
  • Private interactions such as direct messaging without supervision will be disabled where possible, or minimised.
  • Where comments apply to online interactions with children, these shall be moderated to filter and review submissions and will be flagged and reported to designated personnel if deemed inappropriate.

If you would like further information about the way Design Nuts Pty Ltd manages the Online Child Protection Policy, please contact the Managing Director in writing;

Managing Director

Design Nuts Pty Ltd

PO BOX 3415

Merewether  NSW

Australia 2291

Or Email: admin@splat3d.com

Privacy Policy2020-09-18T16:09:28+10:00

Privacy Policy

Design Nuts – creators of the Splat. ABN 83634085591 is committed to providing quality services to you and this policy outlines our ongoing obligations to you in respect of how we manage your Personal Information.

We have adopted the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Act). The NPPs govern the way in which we collect, use, disclose, store, secure and dispose of your Personal Information.

A copy of the Australian Privacy Principles may be obtained from the website of The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner at www.aoic.gov.au

What is Personal Information and why do we collect it?

Personal Information is information or an opinion that identifies an individual. Examples of Personal Information we collect include: names, addresses, email addresses, phone and facsimile numbers.

This Personal Information is obtained in many ways including ways including correspondence, by telephone and facsimile, by email, via our website www.splat3d.com.au, from your website, from media and publications, from other publicly available sources and from third parties. We don’t guarantee website links or policy of authorised third parties.

We collect your Personal Information for the primary purpose of providing our services to you, providing information to our clients and marketing. We may also use your Personal Information for secondary purposes closely related to the primary purpose, in circumstances where you would reasonably expect such use or disclosure. You may unsubscribe from our mailing/marketing lists at any time by contacting us in writing.

When we collect Personal Information we will, where appropriate and where possible, explain to you why we are collecting the information and how we plan to use it.

Sensitive Information

Sensitive information is defined in the Privacy Act to include information or opinion about such things as an individual’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, membership of a political association, religious or philosophical beliefs, membership of a trade union or other professional body, criminal record or health information.

Sensitive information will be used by us only:

  • For the primary purpose for which it was obtained
  • For a secondary purpose that is directly related to the primary purpose
  • With your consent; or where required or authorised by law.

Third Parties

Where reasonable and practicable to do so, we will collect your Personal Information only from you. However, in some circumstances we may be provided with information by third parties. In such a case we will take reasonable steps to ensure that you are made aware of the information provided to us by the third party.

Disclosure of Personal Information

Your Personal Information may be disclosed in a number of circumstances including the following:

  • Third parties where you consent to the use or disclosure; and
  • Where required or authorised by law.

Security of Personal Information

Your Personal Information is stored in a manner that reasonably protects it from misuse and loss and from unauthorized access, modification or disclosure.

When your Personal Information is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was obtained, we will take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify your Personal Information. However, most of the Personal Information is or will be stored in client files which will be kept by us for a minimum of 7 years.

Access to your Personal Information

You may access the Personal Information we hold about you and to update and/or correct it, subject to certain exceptions. If you wish to access your Personal Information, please contact us in writing.

Design Nuts will not charge any fee for your access request, but may charge an administrative fee for providing a copy of your Personal Information.

In order to protect your Personal Information we may require identification from you before releasing the requested information.

Maintaining the Quality of your Personal Information

It is an important to us that your Personal Information is up to date. We  will  take reasonable steps to make sure that your Personal Information is accurate, complete and up-to-date. If you find that the information we have is not up to date or is inaccurate, please advise us as soon as practicable so we can update our records and ensure we can continue to provide quality services to you.

Policy Updates

This Policy may change from time to time and is available on our website.

Privacy Policy Complaints and Enquiries

If you have any queries or complaints about our Privacy Policy please contact us at admin@splat3d.com

About us2020-09-18T16:09:19+10:00
Behind the scenes. Kylie Burrett Founded Design Nuts Pty Ltd in 2019 with her husband Glenn Lawrence. Driven to empower all teachers and students design a better future.
Their focus is to create innovative tools and training programs for teachers and students to design skills and visual spatial ability, required for success across all STEM fields.
Hundreds of teachers and thousands of students have adopted the Splat in the first year of supply. With the Splat tool winning a prestigious GOLD Good Design Award and features as one of Australia’s top innovations for 2019 on Ch10’s Australia by Design: Innovations TV Show.
Key Collaborators of Design Nuts include; Engineers Australia, Regional Development Australia, NSW Department of Education STEM In Schools Partnership Program and Google Education.

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