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Paragon Students Give Back with Engineering Volunteer Work
students and parents pose next to their robotic carAfter a successful FTC robotics season, advancing to the west coast regional competition, Paragon Science Academy's robotics team members are using their skills to give back to the community. Team members  Collin Spence and Erfan Imam, both juniors, joined the Go Baby Go build event at  NAU Go Baby Go? last month, where teams adapted battery powered cars to help children with limited mobility.

There, they built a car for Serenity.

Cole Galloway started the Go Baby Go program around 2012, and was present at the NAU build. During introductory remarks he called out Collin and Erfan as his ‘new best friends’ as he described his plans to roll out a middle and high school program in the fall so that STEM and robotics clubs can start doing these adaptations.

The car build went smoothly for our robot-savvy Panthers. Each team had to rewire the car electrics and build a new steering ‘wheel’ with the new push button controls, as well as making the seat adaptions that were personalized for each child. After 6 hours of of cutting, crimping, and drilling to go around, the team was able to present Serenity and her parents with their newly adapted car, giving the young girl a new found mobility.

Dr. Kyle Winfree of NAU runs their Wearable Infomatics Lab and hosted Go Baby Go build workshop where teams adapted cars for a dozen children with mobility difficulties. Students from across the Southwest came to participate.

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