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Two Minnesota teens develop app to help cancer patients and get White House invite


Two Minnesota middle schoolers will be showcasing an app they developed to help cancer patients at the White House Science Fair this week.

Lydia Mindermann, 13, and Andrea Richard, 14, of Kasson-Manorville Middle School are two of over 100 students invited by President Obama to show off technological or scientific achievement on Wednesday, April 13.

The team’s “Mayo Free Time” app displays activities happening at the Mayo Clinic that patients can participate in, a map of the Mayo campus along with the city of Rochester, and a chat and help screen.

The app also beat out 400 apps from 28 different countries to win the Technovation Challenge.

"We created Mayo Freetime to solve the problem of patients coming to the Mayo Clinic who don’t know their way around Rochester MN or the Mayo Clinic," they said on their blog. "Our app also helps patients who get lonely, bored, or who don’t know much about their problem. Our app connects patients to other people who they might want to talk to or do something with. Plus by chatting, they can find out more about their problem."

The White House describes the day as a hands-on showcase of student innovation, all projects researched, built and designed by the "next generation of America's scientists."

It will be the sixth and final Science Fair hosted by President Obama, who is welcoming over 100 over top science, technology, engineering and math students from across the country.

The app is available on the Google Play store here.

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