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

    By: Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    FARMINGTON, Minn. -

    A 2-year-old Minnesota boy has a new power wheelchair thanks to the help of some tech-savvy teens.

    According to KARE-TV, Cillian Jackson of Farmington has a genetic condition that causes cerebral palsy-like symptoms. Although his parents, Tyler and Krissy Jackson, wanted to buy their son a power wheelchair, they couldn't afford one. 

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    So Tyler Jackson asked the Farmington High School robotics team for assistance. With some technical help from the University of Delaware's GoBabyGo program, the students built Cillian's chair using a Power Wheels car, bicycle carrier seat and 3D-printed joystick, KARE reported.

    >> Watch a video of Cillian in his chair

    Our secret is out! For the past few weeks our team dedicated themselves to make a wheel chair for Cillian. 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!

    Posted by Rogue Robotics - Farmington on Thursday, December 20, 2018

    "The students did the programming, they did all the wiring, they did all the work,” the team's coach, Spencer Elvebak, told CNN.

    Krissy Jackson said she was grateful for the students' help.

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    "This really helps him explore like he's never been able to do before," she told KARE.

    And the students found the experience rewarding, too.

    "I wanted to help someone, and it felt really good in the end," robotics team member Alex Treakle told CNN.

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