Engineering Honors Students to Build Toy Cars for Children with Limited Mobility


Engineering Honors Students to Build Toy Cars for Children with Limited Mobility

November 30, 2016

 

MACON – Mercer University’s School of Engineering Honors Program will host a Go Baby Go event on Dec. 3, noon-3:30 p.m. in Engineering Building Room 203, to modify battery-powered toy cars for children with limited mobility.

Go Baby Go is a national, community-based research, design and outreach program begun 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.

This Saturday, Mercer students will build and modify cars to fit the specific needs of children in 10 families. This event received support from Dr. Sybil Keesbury in Mercer’s Tift College of Education as well as funding from the University’s Research that Reaches Out Quality Enhancement Plan and the Warner Robins Post of the Society of American Military Engineers.

“The Engineering Scholars Track of the Mercer University Honors Program is excited about incorporating Go Baby Go builds as a thread through the track. Freshman, sophomore and senior Engineering Scholars will participate in builds every year,” said Dr. Phil McCreanor, professor of environmental engineering and director of the Engineering Honors Program.

“The nature of Go Baby Go is a great fit for the School of Engineering, which has a history of client-based engineering design projects that serve community needs. Conducting these builds across the various academic levels of the Engineering Scholars Track will provide an opportunity to show the freshman- and sophomore-level Engineering Scholars how engineers can use their skills to serve their community and also provide the senior Engineering Scholars with leadership opportunities as well as a connection back to the beginning of their engineering studies.”

Mercer’s Engineering Honors Program provides exceptional students a program of study that presents challenges beyond the normal requirements for an undergraduate degree in the School of Engineering.

The invitation-only program requires participation in a weekly, one-hour credit Engineering Honors Seminar, a cumulative grade-point-average of at least 3.3 and completion of an approved honors project. Honors students are also encouraged to pursue one term of study or work experience, preferably outside the U.S., that complements the required program of study and the honors project. For more information, visit engineering.mercer.edu/current/honors-program.cfm.

About the School of Engineering

Mercer University’s School of Engineering, founded in 1985, offers innovative and academically challenging programs that provide students with a comprehensive education, featuring a solid foundation in mathematics and sciences, a core engineering curriculum, a range of courses in engineering specialties and a strong emphasis on communication technologies. The School is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top three master’s-degree-level engineering schools in the Southeast. Known for its breadth of instruction in its undergraduate program and its five-year joint bachelor’s and master’s degree program, the School combines technical education with hands-on laboratory experience. Mercer engineers can look forward to joining fellow alumni in companies such as Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, Lockheed Martin, Georgia Power, Siemens and Gulfstream Aerospace.

Kyle Sears
(478) 301-4037
sears_k@mercer.edu