Workshops @ The Craft Barn, Hadfield

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We’re doing two workshops at The Craft Barn, Hadfield on the 9th and 10th August.

Stop frame animation 9th August
We’ll make a plasticine animation together to learn the basics of animation. If there’s enough interest we will look to supply a regular animation session in the future.

Game design 10th August
We’ll make a 2d platform game level to introduce people to the software and get their games started. Ideally attendees will bring their own Windows laptops so we can install the software and they will be able to continue their masterpieces. They will also design their own game characters with a pixel art program and learn how to save them and load them into their games.

The workshops are £15 per person payable to The Craft Barn to secure your place.
For more information about The Craft Barn click here

Alternative ICT by making games and robots

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drive-by studio offer young people the chance to learn ICT skills by helping them make games, robots or animations and film. We work as an alternative provision through SMS Education in Reddish, Stockport or as the name suggests we will travel to deliver a range of workshops. We bring all of our own equipment and specialist software and we deliver fun and engaging training for a school term or longer. We also deliver some community workshops at Open Studios Altrincham, currently we are running an autistic animation group on a Thursday afternoon (term time).

We use game and product design to encourage creative, calculation and written skills in young people who may be struggling in a mainstream school. Often our students find a reason to develop skills while making a product that they can’t in normal education environments. They solve game play and engineering problems to make unique products, while they build we can gather evidence for qualifications from a number of examining bodies. Although it’s considered alternative we actually go through all of the normal design steps and all of the products are student led which helps build confidence, communication and co-operative working skills.

drive-by studio has over fifteen years of experience working with SEN, EBD and PRUs and we still work on commercial products for a number of clients delivering websites through to advertising.

If you have a group of young people who would benefit from exploring what they can make with ICT please contact us to check availability through our contact form.

Creative Media Apprenticeships

Creative Media Apprenticeships Manchester

drive-by studio are working with more apprenticeships and will be looking for new young designers and coders in South Manchester. Not all game design training but marketing, graphics, advertising, web designers, fashion, photographers and film makers. We hope to have some creative media apprenticeships available soon for people aged 16 – 23 years of age. Get in touch if you need to know more, places will be limited.
Game design and development training is available to young people who will give maximum effort, you may not have done so well in school but if you can prove you are keen to learn we want to give you a chance. If you have a job but would like to retrain, we will run evening classes at Altrincham, Stockport or Moss Side.
Click here for the contact form

Pigeon Problems

Pigeon ProblemsI was in the city centre shopping and a man was very nearly struck by a pigeon, he actually dived to the ground to avoid it. Anyway, it gave me an idea for a game so we made this crazy caper. Press a key to rotate the cloud, if you manage to go through the next cloud your cloud will grow. Click here to play the game will open in a new window.

After School Game Design Club

classAs the Minecraft Club keeps growing in Stockport, we’ve decided it’s time to start and after school games design club in Altrincham at the Open Studios. We will update this post very soon with details or you can check the Open Studios website 

Rooftop Racer

Rooftop RacerDunno is trying to beat the traffic and get to work on time so he’s taken to riding his bike over the roofs of Manchester. Look out for the gaps. Click here to play, the game will open in a new window.

Pink!

Pink

Pink! is a dream like mirror world or is it a nightmare? Survive as long as you can but don’t touch your other self. Click here to play the game will open in a new window.

Dunno

drive-by studio dunnoDunno is our unfortunate protagonist, you’ll see him pop up here and there as we set more complicated tasks for him to complete. Collect the coins and make your way to the final screen, don’t forget to record your score. Click here to play the game will open in a new window.

Underground Jetpack

Underground JetpackExplore the subterranean spaces of Manchester and avoid the ghosts. To make it a little more exciting we’ve decided to give you a jetpack so mind your head. Click here to play the game will open in a new window.

RockBottom

RockBottomRockBottom or even fish simulator. You’ll have to swim around and eat worms to survive, the gold worms increase you time. Press the keys in sequence as though your hands are flippers. If you’re using a mobile run your thumbs through the green circles. Click here to play, the game will open in a new window.

Basket Ball

Basket Ball

Fancy testing your skills on the court. Compete against your friends in our basket ball game.
Click here to play, game will open in a new window.

Space Junk Chasers

Space Junk Chasers

Space Junk Chasers is a one or two player space classic, where players race to collect space junk before anyone else or the computer. Click here to play, game will open in a new window.

Space Junk Chasers is another quick game development made by Manchester’s nomadic game design studio. drive-by studio travel around the UK supplying game design ICT lessons and apprenticeships to anyone who wants to learn. Now, we have some opportunities for 16-23 year old to do a Creative Media Apprenticeship or Game Design and Development Apprenticeships across Manchester at  Moss Side, Stockport or Altrincham get in touch to find out more Contact us

Toss it

Toss-itIf you’re ever wondering how people come up with games spare us some thought. This game came about because one day students didn’t remove their rubbish, so to help them with the concept of cleaning up after themselves we placed a bin at the end of the studio and asked if they could get their rubbish in it… it turned in to a competition that we all joined in and now the studio is lovely an clean. It led to Toss-it which you can play by clicking here. The game will open in a new window.

Buzzin’

Buzzin'
Buzzin’ was made in the height of summer when all we wanted to do was relax outside with a lolly. We couldn’t so we made this to remind us of some of the perils of the summer sun. Click here to play the game opens in a new window.

drive-by studio provides alternative ICT training for young people in Manchester and all over the UK. We focus on subjects young people want to learn and help them achieve their first project whether they attend school or not. drive-by studio have a small number of creative media apprenticeships available through one of our partners for young people who have left school or are between 16 and 23 years of age. So if you’re the next youtuber or game designer maybe even a film maker get in touch and lets get on with it. Contact