High school robotics students build power wheelchair for 2-year-old
When Cillian Jackson needed a power wheelchair, the members of the Farmington High School Robotics team volunteered & got to work.
Ask any parent of a disabled child: adaptive equipment like wheelchairs makes all the difference in the world to quality of life.
It’s also enormously expensive. Your grandpa’s electric scooter won’t cut it, and a power wheelchair can easily cost over $20,000, which insurance often won’t cover.
So, Tyler Jackson reached out to the robotics team at his high school alma mater — Minnesota’s Farmington High School — and asked if they could build a power chair for his two-year-old disabled son, Cillian.
No problem. The award-winning Rogue Robotics team took a $300 Fisher-Price electric Power Wheels toy and essentially yanked out the insides, replacing it with upgraded components to turn it into Cillian’s customized power wheelchair, at a fraction of the cost of a conventional model.
Result: Cillian, whose disability makes mobility a real problem, can now get around just fine — and look cool doing it.
“These kids took time out of their busy schedules to do this for our son,” Cillian’s mother, Krissy Jackson, told KARE TV in Minneapolis. “We’re so grateful.”
The Rogue Robotics team is pretty jacked about their accomplishment, too. Said team member Nicole Cash: “I think we won here more than we do in our competitions.”