Geeks for Kids Builds Cars for Kids With Movement Disabilities
Geeks for Kids, a robotics team and club in Missouri, is putting its tech skills to good use. This extension of LEARN Science and Math Club consists of high-school and middle-school students who collaborate with local auto-mechanics and engineers to create cars for children with physical limitations. As LEARN’s website states, the cars help the children “grow in ways that just aren’t possible when they are stuck in strollers or wheelchairs.”
About Geeks for Kids
Per Fox2 News, the group started three years ago with their first car. The team built 12 cars last year. Their current goal is to build 18-24 cars this year. Rebecca Kidwell, president of LEARN Science & Match Club, articulates the objectives of the Geeks for Kids program. “[It exists] to help teach students STEM while helping those with limitations become more independent.”
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The car-making process
Though each car uses a similar frame as a base, the team customizes each one according to the unique needs of the child who will be using it. For instance, if the child has more upper-body than lower-body strength, the team might add a button for controlling the car’s speed. If the child has limited upper-body mobility, they might add a joystick.
How to get involved
Visit the team’s GoFundMe page here, if you’d like to make a financial contribution to the program. If you live near Kansas City, consider participating in one of the “Build a Car” events that the group hosts. You can also join the Design & Planning Team, help recruit corporate sponsors, or refer a child who could use a customized car.
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