Starting ‘Em Early: Middle Schoolers Create Unique Apps

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PLANO, TX -- Let’s face it – where would we be without our apps? They keep us posted, informed and in touch, all with a touch of the screen.

According to, Facebook, YouTube, Google Play and Google Search top the list of the most popular apps in the U.S.

"I actually came up with the Animal Sound-o-Matic. It’s an educational thing,” Blake Bathman explained.  Maybe one day, Blake's app will end up on that list, too.

The creative kid is re-creating the way folks learn about animals.

“You press a button and it’ll make a sound of an animal, which the button is, blow up an image of it and put a fun fact of it.”

Pretty impressive, especially considering Blake is just 13-years-old. "There’s endless possibilities with the app – you could add a song, you could add 20 more animals,” he said.

Blake isn’t the only pint-sized prodigy; a group of Bowman Middle School students showcased their unique apps Thursday night. It’s part of the Capital One Coders Program which encourages kids to get hyped about science and technology.

"We believe in getting the community involved in that kind of developing is important – especially getting kids who may not have the opportunity to find and learn about these kinds of thing, earlier in life when they can get excited about it,” Adam Youngberg explained.

The student scientists developed their apps using MIT University’s App Inventor.

Hey, we think these guys have touched on something special…way to apply yourselves, kids.

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