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Black History in the Making: Zora Ball

zora ballFor most of us, early childhood memories involve kids’ shows like Sesame Street, coloring books and crayons, jumping rope, playing hide-and-seek, learning to ride our bikes, and having the time of our lives on school playgrounds. For child prodigy Zora Ball, early childhood memories will involve creating her very first programming app.


Ball, now ten years old, became the youngest program developer in the world when at seven years old she created a full-version mobile game application. The West Philadelphia Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School student created the video game while participating in an after-school program which focuses on introducing students to STEM education.

Once she learned a simple way of coding, she used her newly-acquired skills to create and program her first game, Vampire Diamonds. According to a Jezebel article, Ball’s genius drew skeptical comments, and she was asked to recreate the program. To show that it was indeed her work, Ball did just that, putting those with raised eyebrows to shame.

This young black programmer is creating history indeed.

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani


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