LOS ANGELES, CA – High school and college students from Connecticut built electric cars for kids who could not afford a wheelchair. The students are part of the STEM program at New Britain High School and other students are studying technology at Central Connecticut State University. All of the students who participated in creating the carts are part of a Go Baby Go Chapter. The goal for the organization is to help provide children with mobility at no cost.
Connor Boman, who volunteered to participate in the making of the carts, says the electric carts allows the children to be fully in control of their own movements. The volunteers from the organization shape the carts like a mini version of a car.
Builders of the carts say they are always looking forward to seeing child’s faces lit up with happiness.
The Go Baby Chapter in Connecticut built carts for two kids in need. The families of Kelicia, 7, and Mosiah, 8, visited the New Britain Highs School to give the carts a test drive.
Huge smiles were both on Kelicia and Mosiah when they tried out their own cart.
Kelicia’s mom, Kechisa Mathis, says the doctor told her that her daughter wouldn’t live for more than a few months. Kelicia was diagnosed with a condition named Edwards’ syndrome. Kelicia has an extra chromosome 18 which causes developmental setbacks. For Mathis, seeing her daughter move around all by herself was so overwhelming to see that she started to cry out of pure happiness.
Thus, the Go Baby Go program mainly focuses on building the robots with a purpose and not just teaching students how to build one. The Go Baby Go organization is working towards creating a cart for a child who can only move their head. They are thinking of implementing switches. They are also hoping they can make more carts that are bigger so that older children could use them.
By, Elaina Tovar
Contributions by, CBS News and Romper
Photo by, Go Baby Go Connecticut
Video by, CBS News