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New Electric Cars For Children With Special Needs

On the scale of things you can do with your life, helping out those in need is pretty high up there. After all, kindness is contagious. Some engineering students at Boise State took it upon themselves to help special needs children get mobile by building specially adapted electric cars.

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The future engineers were praised on local news, focusing on the Go Baby Go program. Two organizations came together to help turn the idea into a reality — St. Luke's and Boise State Society of Women Engineers. With St. Luke's helping the bright young minds find families that could greatly benefit from the electric cars, the women set to work. Medical company NuMotion helped, while donations from Home Depot helped the students to keep costs down, too. Each car is specially adapted for the little tot in question, taking into account their abilities and what they want from their own vehicle. Instead of the cars having a traditional pedal, there's a large button which is easily accessible at the front by the steering wheel. All the kids have to do is push, steer, and away they go! "It's powerful for them," explained one student. "They have a huge grin on their faces."

The project has made 40 custom cars which are sent out to the chosen families free of charge. On specifically held build days over the past two years at St. Luke's, the students met with the families of the children. They request that they get involved with the making of the car, so it becomes a rewarding experience for all involved. According to one mother, the experience was thrilling and left her speechless. "I was just floored," said Jessica Mandujano. "I had no idea that something like that even existed."

Needless to say the program is making big waves in the community and beyond, opening up the conversation for other universities to follow suit. We don't know about you, but we couldn't think of a worthier project. Check out the video above to see the entire building process from start to finish, courtesy of an exceptional group of women at Boise State.

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