NewsNational News

Actions

High school students build power wheelchair for 2-year-old

Posted at 6:29 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 19:34:31-04

A robotics team at Farmington High School in Minnesota built 2-year old Cillian Jackson a brand new power wheelchair.

Cillian has mobility issues similar to someone with cerebral palsy, and his mother and father Krissy and Tyler Jackson reached out to the robotics team after realizing their insurance would likely not cover it.

The team was happy to participate in the project. Team member Drew Eisenzimmer told KARE11, “Instead of completing a task, we’re helping change someone’s life.”

Using parts from a Power Wheels riding toy, a mounted seat from a bicycle carrier, a 3D printer, and a whole bunch of ambition; the team of youngins managed to build the device in a matter of weeks.

The team shared a video of Cillian showing off his newfound mobility on their facebook page.

“Our secret is out! For the past few weeks our team dedicated themselves to make a wheelchair for Cillian.” The Rogue Robotics – Farmington team said on their Facebook. “We’d like to give a special thank you to Cillian’s parents for reaching out to us and giving us such an amazing opportunity! We’d also like to thank our mentors who helped us get it done right before the holidays! What a terrific way to end our preseason!”