Chicago teen presents babysitting app at White House Science Fair

April 24, 2013 11:21:44 AM PDT
Shaquiesha Davis was one of 100 students who presented a science project at the White House Science Fair. And her idea grabbed the attention of Valerie Jarrett.

Davis, who attends Chicago Tech Academy, created an iPhone app, Baby B 4 Me, during an entrepreneurship class. The app helps parents keep track of their children while the kids are with a babysitter or nanny. It works like this: Parents create a schedule, and the babysitter checks the activity off as it's completed.

"When an activity is done, they can check it off, and say it's done," Davis explains to Jarrett in a White House video.

"So you can track their schedule in the course of the day," Jarrett said.

Baby B 4 Me also allows for facetime chatting.

"As a single mom, I thank you. My daughter is a little old for this now, but it would have sure come in handy about 25 years ago," Jarrett said.

Jarrett mentioned Davis in a recent White House blog, Students Invent Future, about the White House Science Fair.

A second Chicago student, Anthony Halmon, 19, a senior at Perspectives Leadership academy, also presented at the White House Science Fair. He created The Thermofier, a child's pacifier with an internal thermometer. He came up with the idea after seeing the challenges of using a regular thermometer with his 3-year-old daughter.


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