Autism Friendly Saturday workshops for kids aged 10+

From September we will be offering some new Fun sessions on Saturday afternoons for kids aged 10+.  These are social and chilled out sessions designed to engage the participants in Digital Story-telling through  Animation and/ or Games Design.  We also chill out together in a few multiplayer games in relaxed atmosphere.

Interested…pre-registration is essential.  To book or find out more contact us either through our contact page at http://www.sparkyink.co.uk or by email ginger@sparkyink.co.uk.  We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks

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‘inkers & thinkers’ NEW ‘Wednesday Evening’ WORKSHOP SESSIONS for Ages 15+ from September 2017…

From September 2017 Sparky Ink Studio will be launching some new sessions aimed at young people aged 15+ who would like to learn, develop and share new digital and creative skills, as well as socialise.  The Studio uses Industry Standard Software.  The workshop is Autism Friendly and disabled friendly.  Places are limited.  Pre-Registration is required.

Interested…please contact the Studio at ginger@sparkyink.co.uk, via the contact page www.sparkyink.co.uk or find us on facebook @sparkyinkstudio or twitter @sparky_ink

Taster Sessions are available on request.

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Our 4th ‘8-bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Night’

This Saturday sees our 4th ‘8-bit Evolved’ Autism Friendly Gaming Night.  Rumour has it that there will be drums, guitars and a microphone as ‘8-bit Evolved’ creates its own tour with ‘RockBand’ and ‘Guitar Hero’.  

There will also be more fun on 4 player retro games and some newer titles on the Nintendo Switch.

Interested?  If you would like to be involved please register using our contact page on our website or email us at ginger@sparkyink.co.uk

 

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The 3rd Autism Friendly Gaming Nite

Last Saturday Sparky Ink Studio proudly hosted the 3rd 8-Bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Nite.  We had an amazing nite playing retro/not-really-retro Nintendo Switch Bomberman and Mario Karts.

We’re still looking for more people to join the event so if you live in the Chessy area or would like to hook up virtually drop us a line.

We will be posting our footage from the night during the next week or so.  Keep Tuned and thanks for watching and reading our stuff it means a lot to us.

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Our 4th Autism Friendly 8-Bit Evolved Gaming Nite will take place on Saturday 22nd July 2017.

 

Our 4th autism friendly gaming nite in association with Sparky Ink Studio.
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8-Bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Nite….Is BACK!

ONE WEEK TO GO…..To our Autism Friendly Gaming Nite is BACK on Saturday 24th June 2017.  The doors open at 6.30 pm for social gaming.  It’s tickets only guys so to order your ticket please use the contact page at our website www.sparkyink.co.uk and we will come back to you.  Tickets are £10.00 with a £5.00 subsidy for first-timers or siblings.  Tickets are payable on the night in cash or via bank transfer.

Our gaming nights are designed to be a fun social time in a safe environment with other gamers.  The session will be divided between retro and next Gen console gaming.  We also have a variety of games on Steam.  We’ve put a poll on our Facebook Page to see which Retro consoles and games people would like to play.  

It’s gonna’ be a top Banana Nite!

If you don’t live locally but would like to be involved in our Gaming nites please drop me a line as we can often hook up via skype or through online gaming.  

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Stop-motion Animation ‘The Present – The Anguish of the Unexpected’.

A while ago one of our students told us about a time when he struggled to open presents given to him because of the unexpected that lay beneath the wrappings. He explained how it caused him such a lot of anguish and anxiety that he would just hide the gift in the wardrobe or under the bed.  He would keep checking it was there over a period of time but it would still take an enormous amount of courage to open the gift.  

This little stop motion animation created in Lego is about that experience.   The little lego-man in the film is worried about whatever is in the package and how will this change something?  How will he deal with the Anguish of the unexpected.

Originally this was going to be posted during Autism Awareness Week but wasn’t quite finished in time.  We hope you enjoy it.  Check it out on our youtube Channel or through our website at www.sparkyink.co.uk

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Inking & Thinking in Games Design – Sparky PONG 2017

Sparky Ink is helping our inkers & thinkers create stories in digital format through Games Design & Development.  As part of our introduction to our  Games Design and Development Workshops, we teach students how to create a version of Atari’s first ever digital game of ‘PONG’.  Creating this game sparks lots of skills, tormented looks, shouts of joy or terror depending on what goes right and wrong.  Our inkers & thinkers start to think more about the End user, play-ability and what makes a game worthwhile.  As well as gaining some skills of understanding the engine, appearance and sounds. We usually make this game using the Game Maker 2 Engine by yoyo Games Ltd.  

I’ve put a quick games capture of a simple version which can be found on our website at www.sparkyink.co.uk  (When I recorded it there was a slight lag on the sound)  This gives an idea of a first game to build.  

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If you are interested in learning some basics of Game Design & Development please contact us either via the website or our facebook or Twitter page.  All our workshops are Autism and Disability Friendly.

We are looking to run a virtual Webinar Games Design & Development Workshop in the near future.  Contact us for more info.