High School Students Build Power Wheelchair for 2-year-old #GoodNews

A two-year-old boy in Minnesota is zipping around in a new set of wheels thanks to a group of high school students with big hearts and high IQ's.

Cillian Jackson was born with a genetic defect that has left him with mobility problems and an inability to walk. His parents have always carried him or pushed him in a stroller, but they felt it was time to get him his own mobility wheelchair.

Unfortunately, motorized wheelchairs designed for a child his age and size cost thousands of dollars and their insurance wouldn't cover it. So Cillian's father came up with another idea.

 

He contacted the award-winning robotics team at his old high school and asked if they'd be interested in helping.

The students jumped right on it and got to work. They used a Power Wheels riding toy and tricked it out with a new customized joystick, a child-sized bicycle seat with a five-point harness, additional safety bumpers and other electrical functions.

After the wheelchair was presented to Cillian and he got used to controlling it, he rode into the high school to personally thank the students and show themhow well it works. One student commented, "I think we won here more than we do in our competitions." (KARE-TV)

 
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