Class Act: Hampstead Academy
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Meet the latest 7News Class Act - a group of teenagers from Hampstead Academy in New Hampshire.
The eighth graders put their minds together to create an app that could potentially save lives.
The app, called ‘Chow Checker’, helps people with food allergies.
“Considering there's so many people in the world who have food allergies, I thought it would be extremely helpful,” said 14-year-old, Alex Mielens.
What started as a little social studies project became an award winning idea.
They beat out more than 400 other student teams, in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.
“It’s crazy. It’s great that our app can go out there and help people. To think something that started in a classroom right over there is this big now,” said Jack Lawlor, 14.
The kids got some help from MIT and their teachers, but they did all the hard work themselves.
“I was part of the team, the four of us boys worked on making the data base work,” said Ethan Calandra, 14.
“I actually spent a great deal of time trying to connect the app to Twitter,” said Sarah Miller-Bartley, also 14.
“I’m not one of those techie people, but I really liked making the design of the app, like on the profile page, the home screen,” said Ashvi Patel, 14.
Even their teachers were amazed.
“To come up with an app based on MIT software, that could change people lives was just amazing,” said teacher Christopher Sousa.
Their advice for other kids, who may have an idea: “Always think outside of the box. If you can’t solve it, try to find a different way around and just keep going,” Nathan Stallings, 14.
The Chow Checker App is still under development, but the next step is to patent it and them bring it to the public.