WSU GoBabyGo! Program
Fall Tune-Up Day Event
Come celebrate mobility! Join us as we deliver cars to seven local children with mobility challenges.
- Saturday, November 17th, 2018 from 11:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.
- Experiential Engineering Building Lobby
- Parking map: https://www.wichita.edu/parking (near 17th & Oliver, park in Lot 35S)
- Wichita flag GoBabyGo t-shirts ($10 suggested donation; cash only)
This event is free and open to the public.
Providing Mobility - Sponsored by the WSU College of Engineering, this program modifies off-the-shelf ride-on toy cars for kids with disabilities at no cost to the families. Our program serves children birth to 5 years old. Created at the University of Delaware in 2009, this project can be done anywhere and by anyone interested in innovation, collaboration, and helping kids with disabilities. We share detailed assembly instructions for each car we custom build (see below).
WSU Collaboration - This project is multidisciplinary, combining engineering students of all disciplines, WSU physical therapy and education students, and licensed physical therapists from the community. Students must work with a budget of $300 for each car, provided by generous donors. Children we help are between ages birth to 5 and have conditions that limit their mobility, such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, dwarfism, paralysis caused by car accident, complications from a premature birth, and more.
Watch a car delivery! The Wichita Eagle produced a video of our high school summer camp delivery to Maddilyn, Celia, Grettel, and Kamden. Local news station KWCH produced this great video of our car delivery to 3-year old Jocelyn and also this video of delivery to Jairo, Brody, and Breckyn. Local PBS affiliate KPTS Channel 8 featured our WSU GoBabyGo summer camp on the Positively Kansas program (2:18 - 4:30).
Also watch our Facebook Live videos of car deliveries using the link below.
LIke us on Facebook - Visit our Facebook page to watch videos and see photos of the builds at www.facebook.com/WSUGoBabyGo.
Need our flyer to spread the word? Download this PDF flyer (507KB)
Want to build your own car? Use our instructions! Please contact us if you have questions.
- Please follow our WSUGoBabyGo page on Instructables for instructions on how to build your own car!
- Please feel free to use or contribute to our repository on GitHub WSU_GoBabyGo. Here you will find the computer programs that make our cars go!
Need to find us? Use our map to locate us in the new Experiential Engineering Building.
Do you have a child who would like to receive a car?
Online: Apply now using our online form
Fax: Print and fax in this PDF form to 316-978-3984 to the attention of Samantha Corcoran, WSU GoBabyGo.
Mail: Print and mail in this PDF form to Wichita State University College of Engineering, ATTN Samantha Corcoran, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260.
Join our new student organization!
Current WSU Students are welcome to participate in our registered student organization. All majors welcome!
- WSU GoBabyGo!
- Jocelyn loves her new car!
- Eileen and her pit crew
- Jairo going for a spin
- Students working on a demo car
- Brody testing out his new wheels
- Breckyn loved her new car!
- Mason in his truck
- Faith and her pit crew
- Learning to solder
- WSU alum Scott Gage and his generous donation to our program
- Leadership team: Samantha Corcoran, Nathan Smith, and Beth Watkins
Donate to GoBabyGo!
We would love to build more cars in the future and have the Wichita community participate! Each car costs around $350 to purchase off-the-shelf (we do try to watch for sales!). Additional supplies to modify the cars typically include electronics, wiring, hardware, foam, PVC pipe, and a WSU sticker.
Would you consider sponsoring a car or helping us purchase supplies? Donations are made through the WSU Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Ways to donate:
- Donate online and under College/Program select the last option “Please direct my gift to” then type “GoBabyGo!” in the text box.
- Send a check to the WSU Foundation at 1845 Fairmount St., Wichita, KS, 67260-0002. Earmark the check for "GoBabyGo!"
If you have questions about donating, please contact Drew Johnson by phone at (316) 978-3899 or by email.
Some recent thank yous:
"The amazing quality of GBG is that it grows within an ever-enhancing bouquet. Engineers, social workers, educators, therapists, administrators,grant writers etc. and most importantly... exceptional children and their families. Great people working together for great kids and their families." --Ron Huggins, grandfather of Declan
"This is Brecken's grandfather and I just want to say thank you to everyone who made this possible for Breckyn and my daughter Laura and my son in law Ryan. we appreciate it so much you've been such a blessing in our lives ! thank you and may God bless you." --Mark Epperson
"Again our family is very thankful for everyone that has help make this great opportunity and an awesome dream come true for our little man Mason! Just wanted to say our thanks and appreciation for selection him as one of the candidates! This is an awesome program and I would recommend it to anyone!" --Tai Le, father of Mason
"Thank you so much WSU, Rainbows and to all donors! God bless you all!" --Arlene Salise-Gales, mother of Faith
In the news:
6/15/2017. High school students help bring mobility to toddlers with disabilities. Retrieved from the Wichita Eagle.
5/1/2017. GoBabyGo presents children with modified toy cars. Retrieved from WSU News.
12/1/2016. WSU engineering students surprise children with special gift. Retrieved from KWCH.com.
12/5/2016. Local Children with Disabilities Get Help From Wichita State University Students. Retrieved from Newswise.com.
5/7/2016. Project at Wichita State University customizing toys for kids with disabilities. Retrieved from KWCH.com.
About this program:
This project began at WSU in spring 2016 as a collaboration with Beth Watkins, a early childhood therapist at Rainbows United, Engineering instructor Samantha Corcoran, and Project Innovation Hub Manager Nathan Smith as a class project for ENGR 202 Service Learning in Engineering. The steering committee includes Beth, Samantha, Nathan, and Gail Laochinda, physical therapist at Rainbows United.
Samantha Corcoran, Engineering Educator, firstname.lastname@example.org