Computer Games Hama Beads Workshop

SUMMARY
This is a workshop that uses Hama Beads (also called Perler Beads) to introduce primary school aged children to the concept of pixels in computer graphics. It is possible for parents/teachers to duplicate this workshop after the first run. I can provide guidance and design inspirations, you will need to source the equipment. All of it is reusable apart from the Hama Beads.

WHAT
Hama Beads are small, colourful, plastic beads. You arrange them on a special pegboard to form a design. Then, using an iron and wax paper, you melt the beads together. When they cool off, you have a solid piece of plastic in the design that you laid your beads out in.

Video games and pixel art are very popular nowadays. Since you use individual beads to form patterns on a grid, Hama Beads are perfect for creating pixel art. They’re an excellent way for children to create something that expresses their love for their favourite video game or cartoon character.

See our popular Computer Games Development course at UCLan to find out more about preparing for a career in the games industry.

WHO
This workshop is most suited to primary school children. I can cater for around 10 children at any one time. Larger workshops can be held with extra adult support and equipment.

LENGTH
The recommended time is around 90 minutes. Less if the children are older.

EQUIPMENT
I provide all the equipment. This includes:

  • selection of Hama beads
  • selection of peg boards
  • ironing facilities
  • wax paper
  • glue (for strengthening designs)
  • design inspirations

Get in touch with me if you are local to Preston and would like me to come and run this workshop for you at your school/scout group/club.