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

Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

Next Up

dnr trout stocking helicopter

DNR uses a helicopter to more efficiently stock lakes with trout

In the past, the DNR used airplanes to stock remote lakes with fish, but the survival rate of the fish was only 85%.

steve simon zoom call

Secretary of State explains plans for segregated absentee ballots

Election officials are reminding voters that it's too late to mail in your absentee ballots.

Halloween, trick-or-treating

Osterholm on safe trick-or-treating: 'I would say go ahead with it'

The infectious disease expert's opinion doesn't align with the CDC's guidance.

drop and go ballot plymouth

It's too late to mail your ballot, but you can still vote. Here's how.

Voters can drop off their absentee ballot, vote early in-person or head to the polls on Election Day.

2019-12-11 f1rst Wrestling Hanukka Havok-Darin Kamnetz-154

Dusting itself off after virus blow, F1rst Wrestling returns to the ring this Sunday

Minnesota's premier independent wrestling company was on top of the world before the virus hit.

1024px-McD-McRib

McDonald's is bringing the McRib back in December

It hasn't appeared on menus for eight years.

Apple Valley High School

2 more Twin Cities districts moving to distance learning for grades 6-12

The decision was announced as infection rates in Dakota County rise.

covid-19 testing site sign

Here are the 4 free COVID-19 testing sites in MN for the week of Nov. 2

People don't need to have symptoms or insurance to get tested for free.

minnesota zoo

Minnesota Zoo launches activities to get people embracing nature

The zoo is hosting a pumpkin scavenger hunt and a "Do the Zoo, Not Zoom Day."

Related