Mercer to host eighth ‘Go Baby Go’ toy car build for children with reduced mobility

MACON – Mercer University Engineering Honors Program and Tift College of Education will host their latest release of Go Baby Go on October 1 to modify battery-powered toy cars for children with reduced mobility.

The work will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the intramural courtyard of the University Center n°3 of the Macon campus.

Go Baby Go is a national research, design, and community outreach program that began in 2012 at the University of Delaware. Integrating assistive technology, families, clinicians and industry partners, the program helps provide children with disabilities the opportunity to move, roam and socialize.

The University has already organized events in December 2016, March 2017, October 2017, February 2018, October 2018, March 2019 and October 2019. In total, these events provided mobility solutions for almost 100 children.

For the upcoming build, Mercer freshmen and senior engineering students will build and modify cars to meet the specific needs of children from 16 families.

The event is supported by Dr. Philip McCreanor and in the Engineering school and Dr. Sybil Keesbury Martin from the College of Education.

“Go Baby Go offers Mercer students the opportunity to participate in builds by helping with childcare, meeting families, seeing children and families up close and interacting with them,” Dr. Martin said. “Students build relationships with these children and their families during the few hours they spend on campus, allowing them to put into practice everything they learn in their children, family and development classes. of the child. The Go Baby Go project allows us to have a real impact on children and families in the community and throughout the state of Georgia by providing them with access to vehicles modified for their specific needs.

“These events foster connections between the lower and upper classes of the honors engineering program, education students, and technical communication students, as well as faculty and staff in the School of Engineering, Technical Communication Department, and of the school of education,” added Dr McCreanor. . “The Go Baby Go construction events have become a highlight of the engineering honors program. Academically, these events introduce and reinforce basic electronics concepts through hands-on activities and promote the service-oriented nature of not only the School of Engineering, but also the wider Mercer University community.

In addition to students from the School of Engineering and College of Education, Mercer student-athletes volunteer at the event to provide support to fellow students and faculty as well as children and families who receive services.

Featured photo by Leah Yetter

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