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When most of us think back to our childhood, memories of double dutch, dodgeball or learning to write a complete sentence come to mind. When child prodigy Zora Ball looks back at her formative years, she’ll remember the first programming app she created.

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In 2013 at just 7 years old, Ball became the youngest program developer in the world after she created a full-version mobile game application. A student at West Philadelphia’s Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School, Ball created the video game during an afterschool program that focuses on introducing students to STEM education.

After being taught  a simpler way of coding, Ball used her newfound skills to create to program her first game,  Vampire Diamonds. According to an article published in Jezebel, Ball was asked to recreate the program after people speculated it wasn’t her work. Like the #BlackGirlMagic she is, Ball recreated the program, instantly silencing the haters.

H/T Jezebel

 


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Originally from the Bay, I was uprooted from my eclectic surroundings and forced to spend my formative years in conservative San Joaquin County (Stockton) after Loma Prieta. Earthquake central couldn't deter me, and in 2010, I relocated to San Francisco. After a year of not being rich or knowing how to code, I moved to Oakland, where my momma and my momma's momma were born. Oakland has changed A LOT from when I was growing up, and I love getting reacquainted with my roots. Like our city's logo, Oakland grounds me, it's where I've rediscovered myself and unleashed my creativity. If I were a tattoo, I'd be eyes on my eyelids so I can snooze the day without anyone noticing (which I do often.) If I were a street in Oakland, I'd be Skyline Blvd, because, the view. Favorite spot in Oakland? I love it all! But I'd have to say Redwood Regional Park...or Raj Indian in Piedmont.

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