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Zora Ball, First Grader, Becomes Youngest Person To Develop Mobile Game App (PHOTO)

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Harambee Institute of Science and Technology
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At 7 years old, Zora Ball has become the youngest person to create a mobile video game.

The app was unveiled at the FATE Bootstrap Expo, held at the University of Pennsylvania last month.

Ball developed the game using programming language Bootstrap, which is usually taught to students between the ages of 12 and 16, to help them learn concepts of algebra via video game development.

According to Mashable, Ball also successfully reconfigured the app when asked to do so at the Expo, silencing anyone who may have thought that her older brother -- a STEM scholar of the year -- helped her program the game.

Staff at Harambee Institute of Science and Technology, where Ball attends first grade and an after-school program, anticipate she'll do great things, the Philadelphia Tribune reported.

"I am proud of all my students," Tariq Al-Nasir, who heads the STEMnasium Learning Academy, told the told the Tribune's Damon Williams. "Their dedication to this program is phenomenal, and they come to class every Saturday, including holiday breaks."

Last year, the Huffington Post wrote about Kelvin Doe, a 13-year-old from Sierra Leone who created batteries and generators using materials he picked up around the house. Three years later, he became the youngest person to be invited to MIT's Visiting Practitioner's Program.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story cited the Pittsburgh Courier as a source. The Courier, however, had picked up its story from the Philadelphia Tribune, which our updated story now reflects. Language has also been changed to clarify the name of the Bootstrap program.

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