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4th grader creates and launches app on Google Play

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He is only 10 years old, but he already has some big accomplishments under his belt. One of those achievements is something you can download to your phone right now.

It is not easy to be an app developer, especially when you also have to show up for class. Fourth grader Shamayal Shah Khan had an idea inspired by the moon.

“The moon -- it has some strange effect because it always shadows around [as it moves],” he told us.

The Winchester, Va., kid created an app called Robots vs Aliens.

“You're in a spaceship and the aliens are also in a spaceship, so you have to go and shoot them with your little bullets,” said Shamayal.

Two weeks ago, he launched the app on Google Play, which is Google's app store.

“I was excited because then I can go tell my friends: 'I have an app on Google Play,’” he said.

Shamayal said it is even sweeter when it is all yours.

“I really like playing video games,” said Shamayal. “Now that I can make them, I can make them myself because I can give myself a challenge.”

Speaking of challenges, I got a lesson from this 10-year-old about the game. There are eight levels.

I got a final score of 72. Shamayal’s best score on the first level was 150. Clearly, I have some work to do.

Shamayal always liked computers. His mother said he already knows more about them than she does.

He enjoys taekwondo and will race his brother and sister on his bike until they are all worn out. Shamayal is not sure if his siblings are jealous of his internet celebrity.

“That is yet to be discovered,” he said.

He told us apps are the new Legos.

“You just think of it and you can build it,” he said.



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