We have been working with Games Britannia for a few years now, and one of our successful workshops has been based around designing an accessible controller.

The Picade board was our starting point in previous years, allowing children to design individual buttons, and connect them to a board we made in order to play games on Retropie. Now, with the Player X, we could make a similar board that could be used by any device that recognises a USB controller.

The workshop consisted of a look at commercially available controllers, the basics of how a button works, and design considerations. We then made and tested prototype controllers and looked at how they could be further developed into a durable product.

Download the workshop support package- if you use it we'd love to hear about it. Curriculum links to Product Design and Science are included.