High school robotic students build power wheelchair for 2-year-old
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A 2-year-old boy, who couldn’t afford a motorized wheelchair, was given a very special thing by a group of high school students.
Cillian Jackson with mobility issues was being carried in a stroller by his parents until the high school students stepped in to help him.
Cillian’s parents were unable to afford motorized wheelchairs which cost thousands of dollars.
Cillian’s father, Tyler Jackson decided to contact the robotics students at his old Minnesota high school.
The Rogue Robotics team at Farmington High School modified a Power Wheels riding toy car provided by Cillian’s parents into a power wheelchair. They added a child-sized bicycle seat bought from Amazon and added a 5-point harness to keep Cillian safe inside the chair.
They turned the toy car into a wheelchair. When Cillian saw it, he was on cloud nine.
“These kids took time out of their busy schedules to do this for our son. We’re so grateful” said Cillian’s mother, Krissy Jackson.
“This really helps him explore like he’s never been able to do before,” she added.
“I think we won here more than we do in our competitions,” one team member said. Another added: “Instead of completing a task, we’re helping change someone’s life.”
Farmington robotics coach Spencer Elvebak said: “I brought it up to the kids at a meeting, ‘Is this something we want to step up and do?’ The sentiment was unanimous. Yes!”
“That’s the great part of my job, to work with these kinds of kids,” Elvebak added.
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