10-Year-Old Invents Homework App & Is On His Way to Being Next Steve Jobs

ipadWhile most kids are focused on what apps they can convince their parents to let them download, a 10-year-old from Denver was determined to create one of his own. Fifth grader Daniel Chao wasn't quite sure what kind of app he wanted to make, but after brainstorming with his parents he zeroed in on one of the biggest challenges fifth graders face -- homework.

His parents helped a little with contracts and such, but almost all of the work was his, he told CBS Denver. He did have to submit his proposal to Apple under his dad's name because the company only accepts them from those 18 and above, but based on the passion and intelligence of Daniel, here, Apple might want to rethink that policy.

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His father, David Chao, said:

When he submitted it, I’m like, ‘I don’t know if this is going to… I hope it goes.’ And then it passed through. I was surprised because Apple is pretty strict.

Called iRead Monthly, it helps students track their reading homework each month and to easily send their results to the teacher. Pretty clever, and the ambitious students is already working on more apps with an intent to be the next Steve Jobs. Good for him. 

Mostly I'm amazed at his ability to see such a project through from start to finish. I love stories like this because they show just how much potential our children have if only it's encouraged and nourished, but they also make me feel a little lazy. I have enough trouble getting my son to finish his daily homework, and write his famous person speech, so when he throws out some crazy invention idea or says he wants to write a book, I've never really tried to help him follow through. Oh, I tell him to think big, that  those are great ideas, and I can't wait to see what he can do ... someday. But I seldom think about helping him see something through like this in grade school. Stories like this make me think maybe I should.

That doesn't mean we need to rush to push our kids to get products on the market or prod them to accomplish too much at a young age, but I think it's admirable when parents see a passion and help kids pursue it beyond the normal constraints usually put on kids. Daniel provides a good reminder that kids' dreams don't always have to wait until later.

In what ways have you helped your children follow through on their dreams?


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