Middle and high school students in Warsaw, Indiana, are using their engineering class to help toddlers with disabilities get around.
“Go Baby Go” is a program that gives students at Edgewood Middle School the opportunity to take a normal toy car and glam it up. But it’s not just for show. Each car has improvements being made specifically to help a toddler with a disability.READ MORE: Aiden Leos, Boy Killed In Road Rage Shooting, To Receive Memorial Plaque At Orange County Zoo
Freshman Molly Kissling painted a fancy license plate for Zorey, who was consulted about a car last March.
“We are making it so that she can drive it better because she is having trouble steering the wheel,” she told CBS affiliate WSBT.
The students are supervised by orthopedic professionals to turn their ideas into reality.
Middle and high school students in Warsaw are using their engineering class to spice up some model Jeeps. The program is called Go Baby Go. The finished product goes to toddlers with disabilities to help them get around. @SelinaGuevaraTV reports: https://t.co/wJSTTs4yjG
— WSBT (@WSBT) October 1, 2020READ MORE: Southland Braces For Triple-Digit Temperatures, Wildfire Risk
“Being an engineer sometimes you think of things to the nth degree. And really, really minute details, but the kids have a much simpler way of looking at things,” said Russell Lowry of orthopedics company DePuy Synthes.
Beyond the technical stuff, the students add personal touches like their favorite Disney stickers or a personalized radio.
Abbi Richcreek, an engineering teacher at Edgewood Middle School, says the program teaches kids skills like budgeting, team work and to think about others.
“We don’t really think about how we move, we just do. For them, when they can’t do, this makes it possible so they can,” she said.
The cars, which cost about $500 each, are funded by grants. They will be presented to the kids at halftime of a football game on Oct. 16.MORE NEWS: No Masks Required For Fully Vaccinated Disneyland Guests Beginning Tuesday
“I think it’s going to be really exciting because I think she’s going to really like her car,” said Kissling.