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MIT, Samsung summer camp for the app makers

High school students attended the Samsung Mobile App Academy — a two-day crash course in app-making — this week at MIT.
High school students attended the Samsung Mobile App Academy — a two-day crash course in app-making — this week at MIT.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

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Teens love their smartphone apps. But few probably know much about how hard it is to make one.

During a two-day workshop at MIT put on by electronics giant Samsung, 30 high school students from local schools received a two-day crash course in the art of app making. And many quickly realized that even the simplest programs are deceptively complex.

“I just thought you had an idea and then made an app,” said Diego Bazan, a 17-year-old Revere High School student. “It’s not like that at all.”

Bazan was part of the Samsung Mobile App Academy that came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus on Wednesday and Thursday as part of a campaign in six US cities this summer to teach kids about technology.

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