Zoe, a 11 year old from Robinson Elementary School built an app to report bullying in schools for her science fair project. She’ll be speaking at the Zoholics Developers conference in June!
Tell us about yourself
I am 11 years old. I enjoy drawing, playing MindCraft, hanging out with friends and spending time with my family. Science and Social Studies are my favorite main courses, but if I can include the extras, then Gym, Art, Lunch and Recess. I love school.
What is Z.E.B.R.A? How did you come up with the idea?
Z.E.B.R.A. is an app that kids can use to report annoying and abusive behavior. Some of my friends were being picked on last year and I wanted to do something to help them. We’re always told to report it to a teacher or the guidance counselor, but it’s in front of other kids and then they pick on you more for telling. I told my mom that I wished there was an app where you could secretly report it. She said, “So why don’t you build one?” and I did.
How did you go about building it?
First I interviewed the guidance team at my local Middle School to find out what would also be helpful to them. Then I took those questions and made them so kids would answer them. There’s a developer platform called Zoho Creator that uses Deluge script, so when it came time to actually put it together, my mom helped me get started, then I built it. I came up with the name – Zebras are one of my favorite animals and I wanted a name that would use the letters in Zebra.
How can we help?
The people at Zoho Creator were super excited about me building this, so they invited me to speak at their developers conference at the end of June. It’s super expensive to get there and stay for a week, so we set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for my mom and I to go. You can check out my video and donate to help me get to California.