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Summer camp for budding app developersFor the 13th year in a row, thousands of kids are spending their summer days rolling up their sleeves and breaking a sweat at iD Tech Camps. Kids as young as 10 years old are learning how to build smartphone apps. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports.
-It's all fun and games, with a twist. These kids aren't just playing games, but they're making gaming software or apps for iPhones and iPads. -Designing games is just really fun for me. I love that I-- you can use your creativity. -These kids, as young as 10 years old, have enrolled at iD Tech Camp at Stanford University. Here, they learn GameSalad, a software program that lets them design a wide variety of original games. -You're in the mining cart and you go on this route and collect crystals. -My game is called Cafe Adventure. This is my character and this is the trampoline. -So you place towers and they shoot little pellets at enemies. -It's their ideas coming to life. It's not just them sitting and playing and, you know, just staring at a screen. It's them actually understanding the dynamic behind it, what goes into it. -At the end of the week-long session, campers get to take home their game on a thumb drive so they can keep working on it or instantly upload it to their devices to play with family and friends. -Eleven-year-old Kennedy Kirk is even thinking of putting her Justin Bieber-themed game for sale on iTunes. -Maybe 59 cents, 99 cents. -And she adds she may just consider a job designing games some day. When you start at age 11, you've got a pretty good jump on the competition. In Palo Alto, I'm Kara Tsuboi, CNET.com, for CBS News.