Google has donated $100,000 to a program that allows children to build their own game consoles. A partnership between Technology Will Save Us and Code Club, the program offers do-it-yourself gamer kits that retail for £60 and helps participants develop early skills for a potential career in the tech industry. Now available to order, the funding from Google will provide 900 kits for the cause, along with free sessions with Code Club that will teach the kids how to assemble the system and program games for it.
These unique kits are handheld game consoles that consist of 40 separate parts that need to be soldered together on a custom circuit board. Once assembled, the children can use the Arduino-powered rig to develop games. Kits will be available on a first come, first served basis, with one system for every two children, so teamwork will be essential.