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Bubble Ball app to raise awareness for children's museum

Lehi, UT (ABC4 News) - Robert Nay, 16-year-old tech whiz from Utah, has released his newest app Bubble Ball: Curiosity Edition, which is available for free download on Apple and Android devices.
Lehi, UT (ABC4 News) - Robert Nay, 16-year-old tech whiz from Utah, has released his newest app Bubble Ball: Curiosity Edition, which is available for free download on Apple and Android devices.

Nay is known for receiving international recognition when he released the original Bubble Ball app at age 14, and quickly knocked Angry Birds off its top popular spot on the App Store.

This is the latest project Nay has released since his successful app debut in 2011. Since then, his app has received more than 16 million downloads and he was named as one of the “Top 30 under 30” by Forbes and “Top 8 kid entrepreneurs to watch for” by CNN Money.

Nay was hired by Thanksgiving Point, a nonprofit organization in Lehi, Utah, to create the special game edition as part of its public fundraiser campaign—RUcurious2.org—to raise awareness and support for its Museum of Natural Curiosity. This is Utah’s newest children’s museum currently under construction, which is in need of $3.4 million for completion by spring 2014.

“Robert was the perfect fit to create this app since he is from our community and has exceptional programming skills at his age,” said Mike Washburn, CEO of Thanksgiving Point. “Robert is an example of what we hope to accomplish with guests at our Museum of Natural Curiosity—to help them realize their potential and cultivate their talents through interactive programs and exhibits.”

For two months, Nay worked after school to program 30 new levels for the special edition app using Corona SDK by Corona Labs. The game features similar physics-based puzzles as the original app with appearances of the “Curious Monsters” from the RUcurious2 campaign. In addition, Super Top Secret, a creative agency in Salt Lake City, provided the new design elements for the app.

"I was excited when Thanksgiving Point asked me to be part of their campaign," said Robert Nay. "I enjoy being part of this project in my local area, and it's a great opportunity to help others. I'm looking forward to going to the new museum, and I hope this app I've created will get others excited too."

Nay has been programming since the third grade and has won multiple awards in regional and state science competitions. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and playing the piano and the trumpet. He resides in Spanish Fork, Utah, with his parents.

Bubble Ball: Curiosity Edition is currently available as a free download on the App Store and Google Play. To learn more about Robert Nay’s work, go to NayGames.com. For more information on the Museum of Natural Curiosity, visit MuseumofNaturalCuriosity.org.

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