Cultivate Creativity – Year 7 Bubble up! – Video Game Design 

Project Overview.

Exploring alternative careers in the creative arts for year 7’s 

“Bubble Up is a new programme from cultural education charity Curious Minds, nurturing new forms of artistic partnership and collaboration at an innovative, hyper-local level, for the benefit of children and young people as they return to schools.“ Bubble Up Website  

Mako Create is bubbling up with Cultivate Halton partners: The Studio, A Place For Us and CHI Community Cafe to deliver the Cultivate Creativity programme. The Cultivate Creativity programme is made up of 4 extra-time cultural learning clubs for year 7 students, with a focus on meeting the needs of children transitioning to secondary school in the autumn term.

Mako Create will be delivering a FREE 6 week (After School) Video Game Design course. By the end of the course, all of the young people will have created and published a variety of 2D retro video games and will have gained all of the skills, knowledge, materials and access to continue developing video games at home. 

Throughout the course the participants will learn about:

  • Story Telling 
  • Character Creation
  • Block-Based Coding  
  • Level Development  
  • Asset Design 
  • Exporting and Publishing Games Online 
  • Much more

As well as our video game design project the three other projects in the Cultivate Creativity project include:

The Studio – Lockdown Exhibitionist

A Place For Us – Acting For Camera 

CHI Community Cafe – Mural Painting 

Who can get involved?

This project is specifically designed for year 7 students from Halton. If you know a year 7 student who is interested in learning more about video game design this project will be perfect for them. 

To ensure that we are complying with COVID safety regulations there is a maximum of 12 places available for participants on this project. 

When does the project start?

This project is made up of 6 weekly sessions. The sessions will run after-school on Mondays at 4 pm – 6 pm. The first session is the 9th November and the final session will be on 14th December. 

  • 9th November 2020 at 4 pm – 6 pm 
  • 16th November 2020 at 4 pm – 6 pm 
  • 23rd November 2020 at 4 pm – 6 pm 
  • 30th November 2020 at 4 pm – 6 pm 
  • 7th December 2020 at 4 pm – 6 pm 
  • 14th December 2020 at 4 pm – 6 pm 

Where will the sessions take place?

We are running this project from Upton Community Centre in Widnes. We have chosen to deliver this project at Upton community centre as they have good accessibility and a large space enabling us to ensure participants will be able to socially distance throughout the session. 

Location: Upton Community Centre

Hough Green Road, Widnes, WA8 4PF, England

Equipment you’ll need:

All technical equipment will be provided for all of the sessions. We ask that young people aged 11+ bring a mask for entering and exiting the venue. 

How do I sign up?

Head over to our Eventbrite page to sign up for a ticket.

Get Your Tickets

To secure your spot on this course head over to our Eventbrite page and register for a ticket.


We ask that anyone who is exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms to please not attend our sessions. Temperatures of all participants will be checked on entering the sessions. 

There will be access to hand gel, masks (if needed) and all equipment will be thoroughly cleaned before and after all sessions. 

To reduce the risk of Covid transmission we request that just one adult accompanies each participant for drop off and pick up. We regret that due to restrictions on numbers, adults will not be allowed to remain in the session unless previously agreed in writing with Mako staff.