4488 Go Baby Go China
Team 4488 volunteer for the project Go Baby Go in Oregon and has been a important influence of the Go Baby Go in China. Go Baby Go is a nationwide project that re-engineers ride-on-cars for children with all types of disabilities.
The lack of physical movement experienced by some children decreases brain development and interaction with their peer group. The re-engineered ride-on cars allow children with disabilities who would not otherwise be able to access this type of movement to develop cognitive and social skills at rates similar to their peers.
In the fall, Shockwave acquired their own ride-on car from China thanks to the occupational therapy department and professor Sandra Rogers at Pacific University. Our intentions with the car however were different from the GBG project in US. We reverse engineered the car to find out how the electrical system of the cars worked in China. We modified the car so that it would be adjustable to fit a variety of children living in orphanages in China with various physical needs. We created a manual which is being translated for orphanage workers in China to make their own cars. In China 98% of orphans are disabled so this project has the capacity of helping millions of young people.
Additionally, working this past fall with students at Pacific University, we helped during a GBG Build day, where a group builds disability specific cars for local children. After the cars were finished the children were able to drive around the hallways with their parents and siblings watching and supporting. In a few short hours the GBG group was able to improve the lives of several young children. Send us an email if you are interested in helping in a Build day.
Shockwave captains Nick Ogden and Claire Edington are currently in China working with an international team coordinated by Pacific University faculty that is studying availability of resources and training Chinese service providers for Go Baby Go programs in China. The Glencoe students will spend three weeks touring the country and helping develop training systems and adapting vehicles for use in local orphanages.
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Please contact Willie Tenca for questions.