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Chicago student honored at White House Science Fair for mobile app

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Harvard, Yale and Stanford aren't the only schools producing the next generation of tech savvy entrepreneurs. A high school on the west side is giving them some competition and just this week one of the students class project was recognized and honored at the White House.

High school junior Shaquiesha Davis is really going somewhere. While most students her age are trying to get the latest fashions, Davis put created a mobile app, which she was able to show it off at the White House Science Fair.

The app is called Baby B 4 Me and it lets parents, communicate in real-time with their childcare providers. Shaquiesha Davis came up with the idea one day, after the person she was babysitting for left her with a toddler, but no schedule.

Davis hooked up with her mentors, ChiTech and MobileU and coded Baby B 4 Me from scratch.

Earlier this week, Davis was at the White House Science Fair showing her newly created app. She was invited because she developed a product using science, technology and math and because her app placed second in the Future Founders Foundation.

"I did not get a chance to meet the president, but I did see him in person," Davis says. "I sat at his news conference on the 5th row."

Davis is 16 years old and a junior at Chicago Tech Academy. It's a three-year-old charter school on the west side, filled mostly with underprivileged African-American students.

They spend double time on math and English and two hours in technology class, learning programming skills in Java or Objective C.

School administrators say the goal is to give students like Shaquiesha Davis a chance at becoming the next generation of coders, techies and entrepreneurs.

Shaquiesha Davis is already looking at colleges and has an interest in University of Illinois, Marquette and Perdue. Right now, she says she's not totally sold on a major in technology. She likes nursing better.

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