ANN ARBOR, Mich. (11/25/14)--A trip back through time, to the age of the dinosaur, is bringing some fun to children faced with hospital stays.
The University of Michigan CU teamed up with the University of Michigan Health System to produce a fun app for kids to enjoy during their hospital stays. (Michigan Credit Union League Photo)
The University of Michigan CU, Ann Arbor, Mich., has partnered with the University of Michigan Health System to create an iPad app called Foozel that helps families pass the time during hospital stays.
The $561 million-asset credit union recently pledged $342,000 over three years to benefit the C.S. Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospitals, in part to fund the app, and in part to fund the "Ancient Arb I" bronze fossil floor showcased in the main entrance of the hospital.
"The app is a great way to pass the time during what can be a tense waiting period," said Doug Holdsworth, father of a patient at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital (Michigan Monitor Nov. 24). "As a bonus, there's a coloring book that goes with it, keeping (my daughter) occupied and actually excited to be here."
Foozel, which was introduced this month, brings users along on a virtual prehistoric adventure using the image of the bronze fossil floor.
In the app, the fossil floor breaks apart and becomes a starry sky, leading to games where the user must track down fossils, repair the floor and return to present day.
The app and the coloring book were both designed and developed by University of Michigan students and alumni.
"The University of Michigan CU was able to bring the Foozel app to life with the ongoing support and facilitation of the University of Michigan's Business Engagement Center," said Marian Perez, creative director for Foozel and the University of Michigan CU's graphic designer.