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Engineering Impact Report

Go Baby Go!

If you had to pick a single event to represent the meaning of “for the common good,” Go Baby Go! would be an excellent choice.

Brought to Dayton by Megan and Tim Reissman, assistant professors of mechanical engineering, the event brings out the best in everyone. Non-profits and academic departments collaborate, engineering and physical therapy students put their skills to use, and children with physical challenges leave at the end of the day with a newfound freedom of movement.

For those unfamiliar with the program, Go Baby Go! retrofits electric toy cars for toddlers with mobility issues who wouldn’t normally be able to use them. Each car receives adaptations personalized to its future driver, including push-button controls, headrests and side bolsters for stability.

The Reissmans, who have a two-year-old son, outfitted seven donated cars to families at the first event in 2017 and have continued partnering with Dayton Children’s Hospital and the Miami Valley Spina Bifida Organization to hold subsequent events.

“In addition to contributing to the common good in the Miami Valley, this is a great hands-on, practical learning experience for our engineering and physical therapy students interested in biomechanics and rehabilitation,” said Megan Reissman, who, along with her husband, participated in Go Baby Go! events when they were previously with Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. “These cars create new avenues of play and promote development for kids who are often left on the sidelines. It’s a fun form of physical therapy.”

Engineering students working on Go Baby Go! car to retrofit for Children's Medical Center patient.
Go Baby Go!

Go Baby Go! is a community program where children with mobility issues receive free electric cars that have been modified to meet their needs by engineering and physical therapy students at the University of Dayton.

Go Baby Go!
Engineering students working on Go Baby Go! car to retrofit for Children's Medical Center patient.

Go Baby Go! is a community program where children with mobility issues receive free electric cars that have been modified to meet their needs by engineering and physical therapy students at the University of Dayton.

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