Mercer to host ‘Go Baby Go’ build for kids with limited mobility

Mercer to host ‘Go Baby Go’ build for kids with limited mobility

a child sits in a toy car while three young people help fit her in it.
Go Infant Go construct celebration in 2022. Mercer College photograph

Mercer University’s Engineering Honors Method and Tift University of Education will host their hottest Go Toddler Go establish on Feb. 11 to modify battery-powered toy cars for youngsters with minimal mobility.

The construct will take area 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on University Middle Intramural Court No. 3 on the Macon campus.

Go Infant Go is a nationwide, neighborhood-based research, structure and outreach system that commenced in 2012 at the College of Delaware. Integrating assistive know-how, people, clinicians and marketplace companions, the plan will help give kids with disabilities the prospect for movement, mobility and socialization.

The College formerly held functions in December 2016, March 2017, October 2017, February 2018, Oct 2018, March 2019, Oct 2019 and September 2022. Altogether, these occasions supplied mobility methods to far more than 110 youngsters.

For the forthcoming develop, Mercer’s freshman and senior engineering honors learners will make and modify vehicles to suit the certain needs of kids in 16 people.

The party is supported by Dr. Philip McCreanor in the Faculty of Engineering and Dr. Sybil Keesbury Martin in the Higher education of Schooling.

 “Go Toddler Go offers Mercer’s schooling learners the capability to take part in the builds by aiding with childcare, conference the households, looking at small children and family members up close and individual and interacting with them,” said Dr. Martin, affiliate professor of schooling. “Students are making relationships with these youngsters and family members just for the number of several hours that they’re on campus, allowing for pupils to put into observe all the matters that they’re finding out in their lessons about little ones, family members and kid growth.

“The Go Child Go undertaking makes it possible for us to really effect kids and families in the local community and all over the overall state of Georgia by providing obtain to cars that are modified for their precise requirements.”

The develop situations have turn out to be a highlight of the Engineering Honors Application, explained Dr. McCreanor, professor and chair of environmental and civil engineering and director of the Engineering Honors Program.

“These gatherings foster connections amongst the lower- and upperclassmen in the Engineering Honors System, schooling pupils and technological conversation college students, as nicely as faculty and staff members in the School of Engineering, Department of Specialized Communication, and College of Training,” he claimed. “From an tutorial standpoint, these activities introduce and strengthen simple electronics concepts via fingers-on activities and advertise the service-focused mother nature of not only the School of Engineering but also the larger sized Mercer University community.”

In addition to learners in the University of Engineering and College of Training, Mercer university student-athletes will volunteer at the event to deliver guidance to fellow college students and school as effectively as the young children and people acquiring products and services.

About Mercer University 

Launched in 1833, Mercer College is a dynamic and extensive centre of undergraduate, graduate and qualified instruction. With about 9,000 learners enrolled in 12 universities and colleges, on key campuses in Macon and Atlanta clinical faculty web sites in Macon, Savannah and Columbus and at regional educational centers in Henry and Douglas counties, Mercer is rated amid the best tier of national study universities by U.S. News & Entire world Report. The Mercer Health Sciences Heart includes the University’s College of Drugs and Schools of Nursing, Well being Professions and Pharmacy. Mercer is affiliated with five training hospitals – Atrium Health and fitness Navicent The Clinical Centre and Piedmont Macon Healthcare Middle in Macon Memorial Well being University Health-related Center in Savannah and Piedmont Columbus Regional Healthcare facility and St. Francis-Emory Health care in Columbus. The University also has an educational partnership with Robins Air Drive Foundation in Warner Robins. It operates an educational press and a executing arts heart in Macon, an engineering study centre in Warner Robins, and Mercer Drugs clinics in Sumter, Peach, Clay and Putnam counties. Mercer is a single of only 293 establishments nationwide to shelter a chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Culture, the nation’s most prestigious educational honor society one particular of 8 institutions to keep membership in the Georgia Investigate Alliance and the only non-public university in Georgia to area an NCAA Division I athletic system. For far more facts, check out