The heart of the Geeks for Kids challenge is building cool cars for kids with movement limitations. Each year, we seek more than 200 good-hearted folks to make our kids’ dreams come true – to make it possible for them to explore and play on their own and with their friends. We will also introduce you to the kids you have come to help.
To make this event thrum like the Indy 500, we need specialists on hand to help teams design and build the coolest and the most functional cars. To build the tech required to build these cars, we need:
- Designers with skills in:
- Graphic Design
- Engineering Design
- Engineers with skills in:
- Robotics Design and Development
To help customize cars in ways that make them work best for our kids, we need:
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- And, therapists-to-be
Not a Geek?
Terrific! There are lots of ways you can help. We need lots of help with non-technical tasks. There are designs to draft, seat cushions and safety harnesses to sew, hundreds of tasks and people to organize, and lots and lots of legwork. During the build events, we will teach you how to do each of the tasks required to build these cars. Please join us if you are a:
- Project manager
- Or, just willing to lend a hand!
You can make a huge difference! Join us for a whole lot of fun, technical challenges - and help kids with movement limitations grow, learn and play.
Bring Your Team
Some folks sign up to volunteer for Geeks for Kids on their own. Others with a team from their offices, their schools, churches or clubs. Either way, we are thrilled! We think, though, that teams have more fun.
What better way to build your team’s spirit than to work together to improve a kid’s life. Geeks for Kids will get your teams thinking outside the box, working together and striving for the thrill of victory. Sure, the jocks have the Olympics and Corporate Challenge, but your team will build the tech that could one day save the world…or, at least, make a huge difference in kids’ lives.
Our Build Plan
We have days of knock-your-socks-off excitement planned for you during the Geeks for Kids build events. Our pit crews are tuned and ready to support you, just like at the Indy 500. We will have cars and parts waiting for you when you arrive. Our machine shop will be set-up to support you throughout the event. And, our tech mentors will be on hand, ready to guide you through the build. Read on for more on what to expect.
What We Will Provide
LEARN will provide everything needed to build the cars. And, we will stoke your engines throughout the day with drinks, lunch and treats. Please let our team know if there is anything we can do to make your day better.
What You Can Bring
Besides enthusiasm and know-how, it can be helpful to bring some simple tools. While we have lots of hand tools, we can sometimes run short of the basics on busy days. So, if you have a tool bag and would like to bring it, here are some tools that might be helpful to bring:
- Power drill with a variety of drill bits
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Flat-head screwdriver
- Utility knife or box cutter
- Wire cutters/strippers
- Channel locks
- Needle-nose pliers
- Eye protection
Remote Building Opportunities
You and/or your team can lend a hand, even if you can’t join us in our workshop. We need all the help we can get, and there are jobs you can do from work or home. The following are just a sampling. Just click Register in the column at right, and we will give you a ring to discuss options.
- Non-Tech Tasks
- Join the Geeks for Kids Advisory Board and help with business, marketing and logistics tasks
- More Technical Tasks
- Prepare sets of wires
- Print 3D parts
- Super Techie Tasks
- Produce PCBs (stenciling, soldering, etc.)
- Modify steering wheels
- Make joystick consoles
- Make control panel consoles
- Join the Design Team and help improve existing solutions and invent new ones