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University of Akron students design cars for children with disabilities

Posted at 6:18 PM, Mar 20, 2019

AKRON, Ohio — University of Akron student engineers have designed customized toy cars for children with disabilities.

The students redesigned the controls, settings and other features of eight off-the-shelf Power Wheels vehicles for children whose physical limitations leave them unable to operate the cars.

The children were presented with their news toys on March 15 at Lock 3.

“Having this opportunity to help children with disabilities in Akron has been so rewarding and it is great to feel like a part of the community that my university is in,” said Megan Bruns, a second-year biomedical engineering major.

“This project has helped me realize my passion for rehabilitation and pediatrics, and has led me to pursue physical therapy school upon graduation. I have loved having the opportunity to be involved with The University of Akron and the Akron community as a whole, and am so thankful for the opportunity. This project has not only been fun, but has furthered my development in skills such as communication, work ethic, and dedication," said Hanna Mackey, a second-year exercise science major.

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