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Summer camp for budding app developers
-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.
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