This project was funded by Arts Work, Arts Council England and Oxfordshire County Council.
In partnership with Autism Family Support Oxfordshire, OYAP Trust ran two two-day workshops where participants hacked a robot game and turned it into a live installation.
We hosted a session for juniors at The Courtyard Youth Arts Centre on Launton Road, and a session for seniors at The Studio in Crown Walk. Lead by Ashton Mills and Charlie Henry, over the two days the space turned into a giant games console. Using MaKey MaKeys, we turned objects such as fruit into controller keys to guide our character around the game. We built robots and installed them into our factory/console room to bring the game to life outside of the screen. Even the music and sound effects for the game were written and recorded by participants, and programmed into the game.
Throughout the two days these activities were recorded and logged into Arts Award logbooks, which enabled participants to gain the Arts Award Discover Certificates.
At the end of each of the two days, we invited friends and family to come and play our immersive robot game.
This project was funded by Oxfordshire County Council and was part of the ROAR Disability Youth Arts Festival at the Ark T Centre in Oxford. The festival was a showcase of various creative projects programmed through the 2016 summer holiday, especially for young people with disabilities in Oxfordshire.