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High School Students Design Power Wheelchair for 2-Year-Old Boy
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High School Students Design Power Wheelchair for 2-Year-Old Boy

A group of young students from Farmington High School changed the life of a boy named Cillian Jackson. Rogue Robotics, Farmington High School’s robotics team, has managed to develop a power wheelchair for the 2-year-old child with limited mobility.

The 2-year-old boy has a serious genetic condition that is similar to cerebral palsy. This makes it more difficult for him to walk and move around. For Cillian’s family, buying a new power wheelchair would be the best solution to the problem. But when Cillian’s parents realized that buying a power wheelchair would be so expensive, they decided to drop their plan and turn to Rogue Robotics for help. The high school robotics team made no mistake in lending a helping hand to the family. Despite the hectic schedule, the team accepted the family's request.

The robotics team quickly gets into work, modifying a Power Wheels riding toy provided by Cillian’s parents. The robotics team finally gets the chance to apply all the skills and knowledge they have learned from developing competition robots.

In building the power wheelchair, the team came out with some pretty innovative ideas. First, they replaced the toy’s electrical components and installed a bicycle seat on the toy car. They also designed and installed a customized joystick for Cillian’s power wheelchair. The young innovators also asked some support from the University of Delaware’s Go Baby Go Program, which provides help to children with disabilities.

The power wheelchair was first introduced to the public last December 2018 via the robotics team’s Facebook page. The robotics team also uploaded a video on Facebook, which featured Cillian trying out his ride on the wheelchair. 

Image credit: Image Credit: Rogue Robotics Farmington High School/Facebook screencap

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