RECURSION 2018 – micro fun in the Bard’s own school!

The Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School
The Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School

Organisers of an exciting and innovative – but also nostalgic – computer fair which took place at a school in Stratford-upon-Avon, England last Saturday were celebrating another successful event , albeit a little more downbeat than last year, with fewer exhibits and lower attendances this time around – perhaps due to the earlier, winter slot.

The historic King Edward VI School, where William Shakespeare was educated, was offering a free and fun-packed digital day out dedicated to computer science and computing in education, industry and leisure, to one and all – and were rewarded with a buzzing, vibrant and diverse event for computer fans of all interests, not only gaming.

Inside the Levi Fox Hall (click to enlarge)
Inside the Levi Fox Hall (click to enlarge)

The show, dubbed the Recursion 2018 Computer Science Fair, was held in the modern Levi Fox Hall of the Tudor school off Church Street, and delivered a great opportunity for anyone looking for a techno-fix of retro and modern computing, and all things educational. Amazingly, there was no charge for both visitors and exhibitors – but the event was definitely worth far more than the non-existent admission fee for those attending.

There was plenty of time for all kinds of fun and learning, since the fair was open between 11am-3pm, allowing visitors to catch up on the latest community gossip and events, sign up to a user group, find out about robots and computer science –  or just reminisce by playing their favourite games from the good old days.

RETRO AND COMMUNITY

Masses of classic computers and consoles on show from the Retro Computer Museum
Masses of classic computers and consoles on show from the Retro Computer Museum

There were dozens of fantastic classic computers available to visitors keen to get their hands on a home micro or console for retro gaming fun, these were provided by the guys from Leicester’s ubiquitous Retro Computer Museum, plus The Atari Guy David Dewson, and Adrian Graham from Binary Dinosaurs.

Retro Computer Museum's Amiga A1200 ready for gaming!
Retro Computer Museum’s Amiga A1200 ready for gaming!

The editor of the Amiga User International website, Stuart Williams, was delighted to be able to attend in person to cover the show this year, as he has for the past few years wearing his previous Retro Computing News hat. Continue reading RECURSION 2018 – micro fun in the Bard’s own school!

AUI to report on RECURSION 2018

Part of RECURSION 2015 from above – general view
Part of RECURSION 2015 from above – general view

Amiga User International’s new web editor and publisher Stuart Williams will be visiting the school where William Shakespeare was educated this Saturday – to attend a computer science fair!

RECURSION 2018, which takes place on 17 February at King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, will be the first event reported upon in AUI’s name for more than twenty years.

King Edward VI School
King Edward VI School

Stuart will be attending the popular show, which mixes equal parts of computer education, retro computing and maker activities such as robotics, firstly to cover the traditionally strong Amiga presence and secondly to look at the fair in general, which includes retro computing/gaming from the Retro Computer Museum, Risc OS related exhibitors, Raspberry Pi, educational exhibitors and activities from schools, as well as maker exhibits including robotics.  Such events are uncommon in post-home-computer UK, and are well worth supporting.

The Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School
The Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School

The event itself, which offers computing fun and education for all ages, is open to the general public in the school’s large, modern Levi Fox Hall, between 11am – 3pm, and admission is free.  The address is: King Edward VI School, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HB.

If you attend the fair, do watch out for Stuart, who will be wearing an Amiga User International t-shirt and carrying a camera – and say hi!

An AUI report with photos will be published on this website early next week.

Event details

In the meantime, for details of RECURSION 2018, including parking etc, click on this link.

For pictures of last year’s Amiga section of RECURSION, check out this page.