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The #1 provider for tech holiday camps, in school events and after school clubs.

Teaching children how to harness the power of technology by understanding how it works from the inside - enabling them to create, rather than merely consume the technology around us. We want to stop the computer from being a disposable 'magic box' that can only be developed by ‘geniuses’. Our aim is to demystify technology for children and young people, parents and teachers in a fun, relatable and no-nonsense manner.

Our courses

3D Printing & Design

3D Printing & Design

3D Printing is an amazing breakthrough in manufacturing and prototyping, and it’s only getting better every day. We’re going to get you set up on TinkerCAD, an online design program that is intuitive to use, friendly for all and supports any 3D printer on the market.

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Build a Boardgame

Build a Boardgame

Over three days, we'll help you design, refine, play-test and fabricate your own tabletop game, complete with lasercut pieces to take home and play with your friends!

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Pygame Zero

Pygame Zero

Come with HackLab as we show you how to use the new Pygame Zero - a layer specially created for students new to Python Programming, allowing us to quickly and easily code our own simple games!

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Portal Into Unity

Portal Into Unity

Unity is the most versatile and adaptable game engine in the world at the moment, and it’s not hard to see why it’s becoming the most popular too. We'll give you the rundown on developing in Unity - as you create your own version of the blockbuster 1st-person puzzle game; Portal! We’ll show you all about scripting, level-design & asset management in a course aimed at breaking you into the world of game dev!

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Missile Commander

Missile Commander

First, you’ll take a NERF rocket launcher powered by USB and connect it to a RaspberryPi. Then you’ll use Scratch to create a program interface for your personal missile defence system: complete with sound effects, flashing lights, programmed attacks and voice overs.Then you’ll design and create a MakeyMakey powered physical controller that can be whatever you can imagine - a joystick made of lolly sticks, a cardboard game controller you drew yourself… even parts of your own body!

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Sketch a Circuit

Sketch a Circuit

We take a bunch of awesome fun things - drawing, electronics and twinkly lights and combine them all into a fun-filled day of creating your own electronic artwork! Using the supercool Bare Conductive electric paint, you'll get to make your own artworks that will light up the night! We'll discuss the fundamentals of electronic circuitry, show you how Bare conductive works, and then turn you loose to create your own personalised light-up masterpiece!

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Drop a Beat

Drop a Beat

We delve into the realms of Mozart, MetaeX, Skrillex and Fatboy Slim. We drop some fat beats using the incredible SonicPi, a program which turns your code into sweet, sweet music live and in real time. Using the Ruby language, we explore musical scales, tempo and timing, composition and chords. Once we have a decent melody going, we dive into variables and threads by adding a chocolatey bassline and sampling a rapturous drum loop to create your own personal nightclub anthem, movie theme or game.

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8-bit Art Attack

8-bit Art Attack

Want to be able to create awesome, upbeat and fun game art to use in your 2D games, Scratch projects and animations? This is the course for you! Come with HackLab as we take two days to show you how to create the retro-look 8-Bit artwork prevalent in so many classic arcade games. We'll help you to create a game-ready sprite sheet filled with different images you can embed into any digital project to make it look rad!

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Don't take our word for it

Without any doubt he enjoyed it! He said he wished school was like this. We were jet-lagged having returned from holiday the previous day, but he jumped out of bed every morning - and fell asleep in the car going home!

Parent

It was a perfect course for them to do as they love computer games and we got a Pi kit last year, but they have not done anything with it. Since doing the course, they got it out immediately and started playing with it.

Mrs P. Watt

My daughter came back really enthused and wanting to go another day. Working a full day on a fixed project was a really nice way of getting an idea of what types of projects are possible. Plus she said she made new friends, so she enjoyed the social aspect of the club.

Ms Murray

He had a fantastic time at HackLab, he was full of it when he got home each day and is still excited about everything he has learnt. Thank you for the time and effort everyone has put in to making it a wonderful experience!

Mrs R. Dunlop
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