Inspiring Car Build Stories

LEARN was inspired to start building cars for kids by an initiative called "Go Baby Go!" developed at the University of Delaware.  Go Baby Go!! was founded by Cole Galloway, a neuroscientist, physical therapy professor and infant behavior expert, and Sunil Agrawal, an engineer, both from the University of Delaware. The two professors began by building cool robots to help young children with disabilities, but those cost many tens of thousands of dollars and weighed over 150 pounds. Then, they realized they could achieve many of the same goals by modifying existing, low-cost motorized, toy cars for just a few hundred dollars. Today, there are independent, grassroot branches of this initiative all over the U.S., including Geeks for Kids.

To date, volunteers around the world have built over 5,000 cars for kids with disabilities, using the Go Baby Go! model.  Every story about these kids and their cars is unique, but all are exciting and inspiring.  Here are just a few of our favorites.

Founder Introduces Go Baby Go!

The man that started the mobility movement, Cole Galloway, explains what motivated him to launch Go Baby Go! He has inspired hundreds of teams to build thousands of cars since the program began.

Hot Wheels Help Kids Learn

Teams from the Oregon State University help kids get moving on their own.  As USA Today reports, “Go Baby Go! is giving kids with disabilities a chance to move like they never have before.”

New Zealand Gets Kids Moving

The New Zealand Go Baby Go! gets mobility-impaired children moving.  And, all the fun serves as therapy. Being in control of the car is a powerful incentive to develop the right motor skills. 

The Mobility Initiative at UCF

The University of Central Florida College of Health and Public Affairs helps children with mobility impairments socialize and interact by building hot rides for them to use to explore their world.

Kids on the Move at Shriners

The Go Baby Go! program at Shriners Hospital in Chicago provides battery operated ride-on toy vehicles modified for patients' medical needs to enable to move and play more independently.

Modifying Cars at Univ. of Dayton

University of Dayton faculty and students teamed up with the Miami Valley Spina Bifida Organization and Dayton Children’s Hospital to modify toy cars with push-button controls, headrests and more.