Educational Technology

February 21, 2013

First Grader Codes Her Own Computer Game

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by the Smithsonian

A seven-year-old in Philadelphia just became the world’s youngest known person ever to code a computer game. What’s more, the young coder is female—a rarity in the programmer community. Zora Ball, the record-breaking first grader, came into contact with the code when exploring a program called “Bootstrap,” which one of her teachers brought into the classroom. The teacher explained to, ”I just wanted to push the envelope and do something different and see if she got the concept.” Ahead of the game, Ball joined a special Saturday class with fifth- and sixth-grade upperclassmen to learn the foundations of code. After ten weeks of being introduced to the concept, Hall built her own video game. Her creation, called “Vampire Diamonds,” is currently password-protected by her school. But Hall is already looking ahead, thinking of turning the game into an app for mobile phones.

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