MACON – Mercer University’s Engineering Honors Program and Tift College of Education will host their latest Go Baby Go build on Oct. 1 to modify battery-powered toy cars for children with limited mobility.

The build will take place from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on University Center Intramural Court No. 3 on the Macon campus.

Go Baby Go is a national, community-based research, design and outreach program that began in 2012 at the University of Delaware. Integrating assistive technology, families, clinicians and industry partners, the program helps provide children with disabilities the opportunity for movement, mobility and socialization.

The University previously held events in December 2016, March 2017, October 2017, February 2018, October 2018, March 2019 and October 2019. Altogether, these events provided mobility solutions to nearly 100 children.

For the upcoming build, Mercer’s freshman and senior engineering students will make and modify cars to fit the specific needs of children in 16 families.

The event is supported by Dr. Philip McCreanor and in the School of Engineering and Dr. Sybil Keesbury Martin in the College of Education.

“Go Baby Go provides Mercer’s education students the ability to participate in the builds by helping with childcare, meeting the families, seeing children and families up close and personal and interacting with them,” said Dr. Martin. “Students are building relationships with these children and families just for the few hours that they’re on campus, allowing students to put into practice all the things that they’re learning in their classes about children, family and child development. The Go Baby Go project allows us to truly impact children and families in the community and throughout the entire state of Georgia by providing access to vehicles that are modified for their specific needs.”

“These events foster connections among the lower- and upperclassmen in the Engineering Honors Program, education students and technical communication students, as well as faculty and staff in the School of Engineering, Department of Technical Communication and School of Education,” added Dr. McCreanor. “The Go Baby Go build events have become a highlight of the Engineering Honors Program. From an academic perspective, these events introduce and reinforce basic electronics concepts through hands-on activities and promote the service-focused nature of not only the School of Engineering but also the larger Mercer University community.”

In addition to students in the School of Engineering and College of Education, Mercer student-athletes volunteer at the event to provide support to fellow students and faculty as well as the children and families receiving services.

Featured photo by Leah Yetter