Providing Mobility - Sponsored by the WSU College of Engineering, this program modifies off-the-shelf ride-on toy cars for kids with disabilites at no cost to the families. Created at the University of Delaware in 2009, this project can be done anywhere and by anyone interested in innovation, collaboration, and helping kids with disabilities. We share detailed assembly instructions for each car we custom build (see below).
WSU Collaboration - This project is multidisciplinary, combining engineering students of all disciplines, WSU physical therapy students, and licensed physical therapists from the community. Students in the course have to work with a budget of $300 for each car. Children we help are between ages 0-3 and have conditions that limit their mobility, such as spina bifida, dwarfism, paralysis casued by car accident, or complications from a premature birth.
Watch a car delivery! The Wichita Eagle produced a video of our high school summer camp delivery to Maddilyn, Celia, Grettel, and Kamden. Local news station KWCH produced this great video of our car delivery to 3-year old Jocelyn and also this video of delivery to Jairo, Brody, and Breckyn. Also watch our Facebook Live videos of car deliveries using the link below.
LIke us on Facebook - Visit our Facebook page to watch videos and see photos of the builds at www.facebook.com/WSUGoBabyGo.
Need our flyer to spread the word? Download this PDF flyer (507KB)
Want to build your own car? Use our instructions! Please conact us if you have questions.
Need to find us? Use our map to locate us in the new Experiential Engineering Building.
Online: Apply now using our online form
Fax: Print and fax in this PDF form to 316-978-3984 to the attention of Samantha Corcoran, WSU GoBabyGo.
Mail: Print and mail in this PDF form to Wichita State University College of Engineering, ATTN Samantha Corcoran, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260.
Current WSU Students are welcome to participate in our new registered student organization when it begins in the fall 2017 semester. All majors welcome!
We would love to build more cars in the future and have the Wichita community participate! Each car costs around $300 to purchase off-the-shelf (we do try to watch for sales!). Additional supplies to modify the cars typically include electronics, wiring, hardware, foam, PVC pipe, and a WSU sticker.
Would you consider sponsoring a car or helping us purchase supplies? Donations are made through the WSU Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Ways to donate:
If you have questions about donating, please contact April Padgett by phone at (316) 978-3805 or by email.
"This is Brecken's grandfather and I just want to say thank you to everyone who made this possible for Breckyn and my daughter Laura and my son in law Ryan. we appreciate it so much you've been such a blessing in our lives ! thank you and may God bless you." --Mark Epperson
"Again our family is very thankful for everyone that has help make this great opportunity and an awesome dream come true for our little man Mason! Just wanted to say our thanks and appreciation for selection him as one of the candidates! This is an awesome program and I would recommend it to anyone!" --Tai Le, father of Mason
"Thank you so much WSU, Rainbows and to all donors! God bless you all!" --Arlene Salise-Gales, mother of Faith
"My name is Chris Landwehr, I am an Uncle of Jocelyn who received a customized Frozen car on Friday. I was lucky enough to be there to see it and see her face as she arrived. Unfortunately I was't able to go to each and every person to thank them personally but would like to express my appreciation along with my wife and of course Jocelyn. She isn't a fan of strangers so I hope no one has mistaken that for her not enjoying the car. She will get tons of enjoyment from it. Bless all of you and the GoBabyGo project."
6/15/2017. High school students help bring mobility to toddlers with disabilities. Retrieved from the Wichita Eagle.
5/1/2017. GoBabyGo presents children with modified toy cars. Retrieved from WSU News.
12/1/2016. WSU engineering students surprise children with special gift. Retrieved from KWCH.com.
12/5/2016. Local Children with Disabilities Get Help From Wichita State University Students. Retrieved from Newswise.com.
5/7/2016. Project at Wichita State University customizing toys for kids with disabilities. Retrieved from KWCH.com.
This project began at WSU in spring 2016 as a collaboration with Beth Watkins, a early childhood therapist at Rainbows United, engineering instructor Samantha Corcoran and engineering lab manager Nathan Smith as a class project for ENGR 202 Service Learning in Engineering. The steering committee includes Beth, Samantha, Nathan, and Gail Laochinda, physical therapist at Rainbows United.
Samantha Corcoran, engineering educator, firstname.lastname@example.org