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Epsilon Xi: Go Baby Go!
EPICS in IEEE recently awarded its first project for 2017 to the Epsilon Xi Chapter of IEEE-HKN at Wichita State
University, Wichita, KS, USA for a project titled "Ride- on Cars for Children with Disabilities (Go-Baby-Go)". The
project brings together the IEEE-HKN Chapter with 40 high school students and 10 IEEE volunteers from the
area to develop low-cost, high-impact technologies designed to address the specific needs of a particular child
whether it be for toy cars for infants or hands- free harness systems for children with mobility impairments.

BACKGROUND:
Why is Go Baby Go Such an Important Project?
As soon as children begin to crawl, walk, and run,
they begin to explore their surroundings. They learn
about the world around them and objects in it. Their
mobility motivates them to do more and to continue
learning on a daily basis. Children with physical
disabilities that limit mobility lag in this form of
development. Research has shown that independent
mobility positively impacts motor, cognitive, language
and social-emotional development, particularly
from birth to five years of age [1]. Being pushed
in a stroller or being carried from one place to

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another is fundamentally different from having active
control over one's own exploration, which is where
developmental gains are seen. The use of a mobility
aid that a child can control can help to eliminate
these impairments [2].
The modified ride-on cars do more for the children
than just granting them mobility; children who
achieve self-directed mobility, whether on their own
or using some sort of assistive device, experience
more social interactions, which lead to better
communication skills. By combining electrical and



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