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DIY Gamer Kit acquired by MOMA: Integrating programming and design will “totally change the world”

Via Dezeen. Adafruit also stocks the DIY Gamer Kit! You can pick one up here.

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: teaching young designers computer code will have profound consequences claims Technology Will Save Us, whose DIY Gamer Kit was acquired by MoMA last week.

“Programming is really important for designers, so they can work cross-disciplinary and collaborate with other people,” says Bethany Koby, director of east London start-up Technology Will Save Us.

“In the UK the curriculum has just changed to put programming very much at the core of what all schools have to teach,” adds head of kit experience Daniel Hirschmann. “You’ll end up having a really inspiring group of young people who are totally going to change the world. That’s what I’m excited about.”

Koby and Hirschmann’s start-up Technology Will Save Us produce self-assembly kits designed to help people of all ages learn the basics of electronics and programming.

“We help people to make, play, code and invent using technology,” says Koby.

The company’s DIY Gamer Kit was this week acquired by New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Koby believes the acquisition demonstrates the increasing importance of technology in design.

“The way technology is feeding into design practice is really interesting,” she says. “What do designers need to know? What kinds of skills do they need to have?”

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