Beaudesert Park School, Stroud visit – 16 January 2020

On Thursday, 16 January we travelled to Minchinhampton in Stroud to visit Beaudesert Park School. Pupils enjoyed learning about the history of the home computer boom of the early 80s as the UK embraced this new technology.

A pupil enjoys a game of Lemmings from 1991 on the Atari ST
Vintage typewriter and mechanical calculator proved just as interesting as 8-bit home computers of the 1980s

The Prep School pupils had a fascinating time getting hands-on experience with historical technology from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

The Sinclair C5 was a very innovative product back in 1985, although it has taken us several decades to now come round to thinking about electric vehicles as important
The Code Show founder Gary McNab takes pupils through the history of tech, as well as vintage media formats used
Ferguson Videostar VHS recorder from 1979 and ‘Invader From Space’ handheld video game from Grandstand, released in 1980
A pupil enjoys a game on Hopper from 1982, released on the Acorn Electron

Thank you so much to The Code Show for visiting us this week!

Our Prep School pupils had a fantastic time learning about historic home tech and playing Pong with their classmates! Who remembers the Sinclair Spectrum?

Beaudesert Park School , Minchinhampton, Stroud

We brought along some of the earliest video games consoles from the 70s, through to home computers of the 80s and 90s
Gary takes a pupil through BBC BASIC, the native programming language for the BBC Micro, released in 1981, which was very popular in schools throughout the 80s and into the early 90s
We also brought along miniature versions of classic gaming consoles as well as Raspberry Pi

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