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Engineering Students Give Mobility to Kids with Disabilities

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 10:12 am / February 8, 2017

Female engineering students work to modify a battery-operated car.

Boise State University engineering students are teaming up with St. Luke’s Health System for Go Baby Go, a program that provides independent mobility for children with disabilities. Go Baby Go adapts battery-operated cars for young children who can’t crawl or walk, or who have other mobility challenges. Vehicles are modified with PVC pipe, switches, cushions and straps to allow children to drive themselves without help.

The 3-year-old recipient.In late January, members of Boise State’s Society of Women Engineers participated in a “pre-build” event to create a car for a 3-year-old with mobility issues.

A family workshop, sponsored by St. Luke’s, is from 10 a.m-2 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at St. Luke’s Meridian. SWE members will assist families in modifying the cars for their children.

Playing with his new car.Children benefiting from the program were recruited by St. Luke’s therapists organizing the event through other therapists in the Treasure Valley. Go Baby Go was developed at the University of Delaware to allow children with disabilities to move around, play and socialize with their able-bodied peers.