IEEE HKN Ride on Cars for Kids with Disability
During the Fall of 2017, I participated in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) GobabyGo program at WSU. GobabyGo is a program that modifies off-the-shelf ride-on toy cars for children with disabilities to provide them with greater mobility.
I served as a team lead overseeing the entire car modification process. During the first half of the project, I was responsible for identifying the required supplies for the car modification (assistive switch, kill switch, relay, wood, booster seat, harness) and planning the flow of my build session. This involved thinking about the most efficient way to disassemble the car, perform electrical and structural modifications and then reassemble the car.
The first part of this project involved working with WSU physical therapy students and the child’s physical therapist to identify the current mobility needs of the child, a suitable ride-on car, and the required modifications to the car.
The second half of this project included identifying various electrical and structural modifications to the cars and then executing them with WSU student volunteers and Trinity Academy High School students. For the electrical modifications, it involved electrical circuitry work by adding a relay switch, an assistive switch, and a kill switch to the ride-on car. For the structural modification, there was an addition of a custom built detachable seat which comprised of wooden structures, harnesses and booster seat.
This project started off as a simple car modification and turned into an opportunity to use my engineering skills to give back to the Wichita community. This also provided me the opportunity to show high school students the impact STEM education can have on the lives of individuals and hopefully inspire them as well to pursue a career in the STEM.