Computer whizz kid Fraser sets up own website, aged just 10!
FACEBOOK founder Mark Zuckerberg was only 21 when he founded the extremely successful global social networking site. So it bodes well for a schoolboy from Tandragee that a career as a future internet entrepreneur beckons after he established his own website at the age of just 10.
Fraser Leonard, who attends Tandragee Primary School, founded his site www.fraserleonard.co.uk as part of his P7’s entrepreneurial competition which runs fortnightly.
His teacher, Mr Simon Hodgins, lends £5 to each child who is then tasked to invest that money and make a big as return as possible in a fortnight. The idea behind the competition is to help children understand how running a business operates.
Already a keen computer programmer, Fraser is a member of a Coder DoJo club in Newry which helps young people learn how to code and develop websites, apps and games.
Explaining the concept behind his site, Fraser said, “I knew that lots of my classmates would be selling to the rest of the school and offering to wash cars and cut grass for people in Tandragee. (And that in order) to win I must do something different by selling to people outside of the school and the town. So I came up with the idea of building a website using the html coding skills I have been learning at my Coder DoJo sessions.”
The idea behind the website is that people buy a 30 x 30 photo tile which is displayed on the homepage of Fraser’s website. When visitors click on the photo tile a larger version of the image is shown along with a message or website address that is submitted along with the photograph.
“When I have enough tiles I hope to turn them into a poster,” added the schoolboy. “I got the (website) idea after hearing how many people use their mobile phones to take pictures and upload them to websites. I know it is free to upload to sites like Facebook and Twitter, but I hope people and especially businesses will not mind paying a few pounds to upload the photos, after all the money is going to a good cause.”
The revenue generated will be split equally between the school’s chosen charity for this year, Rachel’s Place in Africa, and Fraser’s computer fund that will hopefully eventually enable him to buy his own computer to take with him when he goes to Coder Dojo meetings.
To help promote the website Fraser is hoping to use the power of Twitter (his Twitter account @fraserleonard), by asking famous people to retweet his tweets to their followers.
He is also planning to produce a short video that he will upload onto YouTube.
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