What were you doing in your spare time at age 12? Playing little league baseball, or video games? That might seem like the norm now, but times are definitely changing. Just ask 6th grader Thomas Suarez what he does in his free time.

On top of developing his own applications, and running his own software company, Suarez has organized a club at his middle school to help other kids learn to program. He talks about this and more at this year’s TEDxManhattanBeach conference…

Suarez’s after-school app club allows kids his age to both learn from his experiences, and learn how to program. It’s a great idea, considering how limited resources like this are for younger kids.

As he mentions in his presentation, “If kids want to learn how to play the violin, they can take violin lessons.” But what do kids do if they want to learn how to develop apps? Well, thanks to kids like Suarez, their options are certainly growing. Not bad for being 12 years old.

[Cult of Mac]

  • I’d love to have done something like this at that age, but I doubt mommy and daddy would have bought me a mac for me to develop on 😛

  • lolz it could be my cousin lolz rsrsrsrs

    • Gdghgfgjy Ggjffv

      lol

  • Dan

    kids these days, twice his age and I wouldn’t even know where to start

  • I see another Steve Jobs in the making.

    • Anonymous

      I see u obviously don’t know shit about steve…

  • Omg Wad Is That

    little steve J ! ol jkjk

    • Gdghgfgjy Ggjffv

      according to the bio, steve was more of a prankster and disobedient/rebellious kid when he was little.

  • get into android programing!! lol

  • get into android programing!! lol

  • Gdghgfgjy Ggjffv

    How can he have a developer account when he is already too young to make a regular iTunes account?

  • At the age of 11 i read as many books as i could, to do with programming at the age of 12 I was developing apps for my phone and got into the wrong crowd with my skills, became well known on the hacking side of the web must have hacked over hundred websites just for some money and show people i was not useless, basically i abused my knowledge, and helped no-one, what hes doing makes me feel ashamed for my actions, i wish i helped others like he is.

    • Anonymous

      I wish you just shut the fuck up…

  • Anonymous

    It basically shows how easy it is to develop apps with the iPhone SDK..
    So easy even illiterates can use it…
    And giving a course for what? pupils who can’t properly read and write need help to google c+ pdfs?
    and also hence the question: aren’t there already enough useless apps on the appstore?

  • Anonymous

    you were what and when please? oh yeah… the good old times right? when you were 12.. and got your first erection coz you saw your daddy’s dick.. I am so with you.. then instead of sucking it you just taught other’s how to suck yours.. good teaching job.. you genius!