I spent part of today helping to run a STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) session with some pupils from a local school. One part of the day involved programming in Python and I set a project of a simple higher or lower game based on a random number generated.

Running the session took me back to when I was at school reading my weekly copy of “Input Magazine” and programming a ZX81. A lot has changed between then and now in terms of computing, however some things haven’t with pupils having access to “Magpi Magazine” and programming a Raspberry Pi. (OK one was BASIC and the other is Python – but hopefully you get what a mean).

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The ability to save and load has certainly got a lot easier and you don’t have to worry about pressing down on the keyboard too heavily and accidentally moving/dislodging the 16k RAM Pack placed into the back of the ZX81!

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