Newcastle Prep School Visit – 17 October 2019

On 17 October 2019, we travelled to Newcastle Prep School, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, all year groups were enthralled by the stories behind the historical computers.

Large screen display setup with Sinclair C5 electric vehicle from 1985, invented by Sir Clive Sinclair

Pupils enjoyed a good mixture of problem solving with 8-bit coding, through to some 1980s gaming classics.

Gary McNab takes the children through some vintage computer TV adverts from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s

We discussed the early bedroom coders that learned as early pioneers how to code these machines, which progressed into a small mail order cottage industry, growing into the multi billion pound games industry that we know today.

A pupil enjoys a game of Manic Miner on a Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2A from 1987
A pupil tries out the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega, a modern redesign of the original ZX Spectrum in the form of a miniaturized TV game

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