What’s on 4 Junior Award Nomination for Gamewagon

Junior Game Creators and game wagon nominated for award.

The nominees for the prestigious 2017 What’s On 4 Kids Awards have just been announced – and Game wagon has been nominated for the 3rd year running by our amazing customers!

This exciting awards programme, which is now in its eleventh year and celebrates the best activities, classes, people and places throughout the country as nominated and voted for by the experts – parents, carers and the kids that experience them.

Gamewagon is a nominee in the best children’s independent kids party business category and will now go through to the national voting stage! Junior Game Creators has also been nominated which is a a super double whammy for business owner John Lilley.

Gamewagon has become the UK’s premier provider of video game parties using their fleet of 11 custom build video game party wagons. They also provide amazing code clubs teaching kids with an interest in video games valuable coding skills.

John Lilley from Gamewagon, said: “This is sensational and  testimony to the continual improvements we have made and in retaining a great team that listens and delivers for our customers. The game wagon and junior game creator team is the best in the business and continue to delight parents and their children every day. This nomination is for their dedication passion and expertise.”

Bev O’Sullivan  from What’s On 4 UK add: “We are so excited to once again be at the very crucial voting stage of the 11th annual ‘What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2017’ in the UK. These awards mean so much because they are voted on by real customers who want to show their respect for professional companies.”

Game wagon Feb Half Term Coding Workshops

Gamewagon Workshop - CodingGame wagon is hosting another series of super fun and educational coding clubs build around kids building their own video games.

The Game wagon Junior Game Creator workshops are being held at;

Monday 15th – Wednesday 18th February (10am to 3pm)
  • Bromley Central Library (Bromley Central Library – High Street Bromley BR1 1EX)
Tuesday 16th – Thursday 18th February (10am to 3pm)
  • The Space (Loughton Central Library Loughton, Essex IG10 1HD)
  • Harrow College (Brookshill, Harrow Weald Harrow, Middlesex HA3 6RR)
  • Epsom Scout Hut (Concorde Hall – The Footpath Epsom , Surrey KT19 8SR)
We’ll be playing and making some really great games, with challenges, team work and activities for everyone. To book your child’s place at juniorgamecreators.co.uk Junior Game Creators is brought to you by the Game wagon team.

What Is Junior Game Creators?

Junior Game Creators is a fun and educational workshop designed to nurture an interest in computer science through a child’s passion for games and video games. Kids love playing video games but we take that enthusiasm and teach them how to create their own.

How much does it cost?

The cost is (£40 per day plus a small booking fee) and all the laptops, technical equipment and talented Game wagon Experience Managers are all provided. All you need is a budding game creator with an interest in video games and a packed lunch. You can book a single day or all three days and the structure ensures that the sessions do not repeat.

Who is the workshop aimed at?

If you know a child, aged 8-11, who’d love to have a go at making their own games, this workshop is ideal. Just do not tell them it is educational! They get to analyse, make and play games of their very own.

What do we cover?

We use practical games to introduce key concepts of computer science and show them how games are developed and why some work, becoming popular, and others do not. Our courses are accredited with The Children’s University for their soft skills as well as developing computational thinking. They are not just about code. Our game creators are then challenged to create their own games (with guidance) and are given constructive feedback from the group to improve. By the end of the day they will have made 2-3 games of their very own to show you when they get home.
Those that come for the whole 3 days will move onto making their very own game from scratch, they imagine it, plan it and make it (with our guidance and support).

How do I book?

Follow this link and fill out the form and we will contact you to confirm your place –www.juniorgamecreators.co.uk

Children’s University Validation for Game wagon

Game wagon’s CEO, John Lilley recently ran a workshop on behalf of Wolverhampton University. The aim was to introduce local primary school teachers to how Junior Game Creators uses guided discovery and teamwork to inspire children’s interest in computer science.

Mr Lilley said, “There is a huge amount of attention being given to the “Learn to code” bandwagon. However, not every child is cut out to be a coder and there is more to computer science than just coding. Our workshops help develop the soft skills as well as the hard skills like creating the code to make an idea come alive.”

The Children’s University validates learning activities for children within the 5-14 age range. The children receive their very own passport that they can get stamped when they complete validated learning activities. A super idea that encourages learning and promotes activities that are inclusive, diverse and have clear objectives and benefits to children.

“It is great to be able to have our workshops validated. We draw on children’s hobbies, interests and creativity to allow them to create their own games. We do not want kids to code for the sake of coding we want them to use code to create something that means something to them.” continued Mr Lilley.

In becoming validated by the Children’s university Junior Game Creators showed that it delivered on the following key criteria;

  • Learning outcomes and benefits to the children is clear and sustainable.
  • The sessions engage with a child’s interests and curiosity.
  • There are opportunities for different learning styles and for the children to take on different roles and responsibilities.
  • Children are engaged in thinking / questioning / problem solving both individually and as a group.
  • Each session leads to ongoing exploration and learning.

“We are extremely proud of the way we have developed our sessions to stretch the creativity of the children we meet. Some are great story tellers, creative thinkers, artists, communicators, managers, musicians and all have something to offer. They are all great users of technology but we give them the chance to go off-piste and create something that they care about.”

It is always a proud moment for Gamewagon CEO and Junior Game Creator Founder, John Lilley, when he sees children work together to overcome obstacles and create something unique and special to them. By working with the Children’s University we hope to be able to reach more children across the country and give them a chance to discover and secure their digital futures.

Gamewagon’s Summer of Minecraft

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Mind Craft Summer Holiday Minecraft Workshops by Gamewagon

As part of Gamewagon’s Month of Minecraft this August, we’ll be hosting extra-special workshops for gamers aged 7-11. We call it MindCraft.

Creativity, Crafting and Co-operation

Every MindCraft session is led and supervised by the same Game Experience Managers that run our parties to the highest standard.

Each session is crammed with fun, stimulating activities both in-game and out, we’ll be getting Minecrafters thinking, creating and imagining, whilst playing the most popular game on the planet!

Activities and Timing

The programme of activities will encourage teamwork, creativity, ingenuity and cooperation in a format that is familiar to players of Minecraft in all its forms (PlayStation, XBOX, PC, mobile, iPad).

Each event takes place over two hours with a mix of team work, creativity and challenges. All our Mind Crafters can look forward to building challenges, free play sections, competitions and Minecraft goodies to make and take home.

How much does it cost?

The two hour session costs £20 per head in our Gamewagon with our talented Game Experience Manager to run the whole event so you can relax and enjoy the weather.

Where are the workshops taking place?

We come to you in our custom built (weatherpoof!) Gamewagons that allow up to 12 players to all play together. All we need is somewhere to park and a power socket to plug into.

How to Book

Simply fill in our booking form and we will contact you to sort out all the details. Then simply gather some friends (8-12) and then you pay on the day.

Book Now

If you’d like to find out more, give Julie or Niki a call on 0845 319 4263.

What’s on 4 Junior Award Nomination for Video Game Party Wagon

Game wagon nominated for video game party wagon

The nominees for the prestigious What’s On 4 2015 Junior Awards  have just been announced – and Game wagon has been nominated by our amazing customers!

This exciting awards programme, which is now in its ninth year and celebrates the best activities, classes, people and places throughout the country as nominated and voted for by the experts – parents, carers and the kids that experience them.

Gamewagon’s South East operation is a nominee in the best children’s entertainment category and will now go through to the national voting stage!

Gamewagon has become the UK’s premier provider of video game parties using their fleet of 10 custom build video game party wagons. They also provide amazing code clubs teaching kids with an interest in video games valuable coding skills.

John Lilley from Gamewagon, said: “This was a wonderful surprise and testimony to the investments we have made in a great team that delivers over and beyond the cause of duty for our customers. The game wagon team is the best in the business and continue to delight parents and their children every day. This nomination is for their dedication and enthusiasm.”

Bev O’Sullivan & Marilyn Bradshaw from What’s On 4 UK add: “We are so excited to once again be at the very crucial voting stage of the 9th annual ‘What’s On 4 Junior Awards 2015’ in the UK. These awards mean so much because they are voted on by real customers who want to show their respect for professional companies.”