Youth Maker Mondays: Video Game Making (Ages 10-14)

Youth, Tech Lab

Youth Maker Mondays: Video Game Making (Ages 10-14)

Learn how to make simple retro-looking video games using block-based coding.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Mon, 3/4/2024 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  2. Mon, 3/11/2024 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  3. Mon, 3/18/2024 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Mon, 3/4/2024 - Mon, 3/18/2024


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Youth Ages 10-12, Youth Ages 12-14, Youth Class, Youth Maker Monday

Tech Lab



MakeCode Arcade, a web-based coding platform, enables to create your own video games. You can create or customize visual elements like characters and backgrounds, and make decisions about the rules and mechanics of the game – programming everything using beginner-friendly, block-based coding.

You'll be introduced to the coding environment, then start creating a simple point-collecting game, and move on to a side-scroller.

This is an introductory class. You'll learn how to create a simple game and acquire skills to make more in the future. For more artistic-minded students, it's an opportunity to make visually interesting gaming assets and code them to make beautiful, retro-looking games.

Registering Youth

  • Parent/guardian registering a child for the first time: When you register, select "Others Only" in the "Who Are You Registering?" section. On the next page, select "Add New Registrant." Create an account for your child.
    • The next time you register your child, use "Search Registrants" to select them.
  • Make sure to fill out your youth's emergency contact information and other details when creating their account.

We are grateful to the city of Bainbridge Island for a cultural funding grant that enables us to reduce the costs of Youth Maker Monday classes for families.


Bring your own devices from home (Chromebook or laptop preferred). 

Class Policies

Ages 10 through 14 are welcome.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Cecilia Olivera-Hillway

Cecilia Olivera-Hillway is an artist and maker who loves combining art and technology. Her career in education has included positions like Educational Technology Specialist and Maker Space Associate. Her work with electronics has been featured on the Make: website and their YouTube channel, won awards at, and been featured on the DesignSpark website. You can visit her website at:

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