Note: This is part of the "Old stuff I wrote when I was a kid" series.
A Conway's Game of Life implementation in VB6 I made for a school science project in 2003 when I was 14.
I've included the explanatory word document (which I've now turned into a PDF for convenience) that I wrote at the time.
Being VB6, you may not be able to get it to run on modern Windows. If you have a Windows XP machine handy or you can be bothered resolving the dependencies you'll be able to check it out. This downloadable from Microsoft might do the trick.