STEM Prodigy: First Grader Becomes Youngest Person to Create Mobile App Video Game

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February 18, 2013 ‐ By Ann Brown
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Talk about the head of her class! A first grader, Zora Ball, has created a mobile app video game, making her the youngest person to create a full version of a mobile application video game, according to the Philadelphia Tribune.

The seven-year-old student at the Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School debuted the app last month in the University of Pennsylvania’s Bodek Lounge during the university’s “Bootstrap Expo.”

Ball “built the game using a programming language called ‘Bootstrap’ that teaches kids age 12 to 16 how to understand complex math. The pint-sized programmer learned the tricks of the trade at Harambee’s 48-week after-school program, STEMnasium Learning Academy,” reports Black Enterprise.

“We expect great things from Zora, as her older brother, Trace Ball, is a past STEM Scholar of the Year,” Harambee Science Teacher Tariq Al-Nasir, who is also the founder of Harambee’s successful STEMnasium Learning Academy told The Philly Trib.

Harambee, which was one of Philadelphia’s first charter schools, has a strong STEM-related coursework and after school programming. The STEMnasium Learning Academy is but one of those resources, and that program teaches Mandarin Chinese, among other advanced courses.

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