Coming to PLAY Expo Manchester this year, our expanded Educational Zone. The Educational Zone is bringing the best of gaming and education together, offering unique opportunities, experiences and insights into both worlds. We have a number of educational providers and creator studios at this years event: 

Barclays Digital Eagles

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Digital Eagles provide education and open source content that empowers entire communities to become digitally savvy whilst staying safe online.


Barclays Eagle Labs

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Barclays Eagle Labs are a community resource available for everybody. Whether you’re an inventor, an innovator or a mentor, nurture and grow your ideas in one of our workspaces


Hopwood Hall College

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A further education college set across two campuses in Middleton and Rochdale that offers vocational qualifications, apprenticeships and higher education courses. Consistently one of the top performing FE colleges in Greater Manchester. Our games development courses are based at our Rochdale campus and post 16 and higher education students have access to a pc gaming lab, 3D printer, green screen, sound recording suite, Wacom Tablets and Oculus Touch, and VIVE VR technology.


Sparky Ink Studios


“Sparky Ink Studio Ltd is a small Digital Story-Telling Studio based at West Studios in Chesterfield. With the tagline...”A Place For Inkers and Thinkers” The Studio works closely with students of all ages and from all walks of life to build confidence through participation in various Digital Multi-Media workshops and Projects; which include Video Games Design & Development, Animation, Film, Photography, Script and Comic Book Design. The Studio has been running for just over a year and runs regular monthly Autism Friendly Gaming Events.

The Studio is currently working on their first Digital Video Game Title and where possible encourages students to enhance their experience of being part of this exciting venture. “Digital Story telling is a real passion for us and the Studio has started from nothing, relaying purely on our own savings and equipment and from income from our workshops and projects. We hope to start up on ‘Patreon’ very soon, to help build the game faster, encourage further participation and realise our vision”.

To find out more about Sparky Ink Studio check out their website. They can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.



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ARTRONIX Present "Cosplay inspired maker workshop". Visit ARTRONIX to make your very own micro computer controlled STEAM Punk LED gesture controlled goggles or twitchy robo-cat ears. Customise them to your style. It's a cosplay inspired S.T.E.A.M. workshop featuring the BBC Micro:Bit. We'll be fusing elements of coding, practical computing, electroinics and costume design to help you create your very own wearable tech. Book early to secure your place in the Artronix Jam!



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With more than 35 years’ experience in the music industry, SSR started life in 1980 as Spirit Studios in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Since then, SSR has grown with the industry and evolved with technologies to remain at the forefront of audio and creative education. Through the years, we have lead the way in music education, and to this day we are proud to continue to do so, whilst also developing a number of industry focused courses in film production and games development.




Futureworks School of Media provides world-class education and training in Sound, Music, Film & TV, Games, Animation and Visual Effects – based in the centre of Manchester, in the North West of England – our premises, designed and fitted from scratch, boasts state of the art studios and high-spec production facilities built to industry standards.


University of Bolton

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At the University of Bolton, we have been teaching Games Development for over fifteen years. We have established a team of fifteen members of staff, and most of us are credited on published games. In August 2017, we moved into brand new, state-of-the-art facilities, which have been designed specifically for teaching games. We offer BSc Games Programming, BSc Games Design and BA Games Art at undergraduate level, and we have a successful MA Games Development programme for graduates from games degree courses.

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