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MHS students help child with cerebral palsy

Posted on: April 15, 2022
photo of students with car

A toddler with cerebral palsy and five Milford High School seniors now have a special connection, thanks to their work on a toy for the young girl.

Seniors James Gilvary, Zachary Wright, Colton Ring, Jacob Stanton and Nathaniel Baker have worked all year on adapting a Go Baby Go battery-operated car for use by Ah’Shia Martin, a 2-year old with cerebral palsy. 

The project was the students’ senior capstone project in Project Lead The Way’s Engineering Design and Development class at Milford. The class is taught by Peter Leeper. Each year, the capstone class works on a project for special needs students. Past projects have included a specialized face shield for a girl with autism, and a 3D printed prosthetic hand for another young girl.

The class works with a non-profit group called May We Help, a group of engineers who create custom solutions with people with special needs. That’s how Ah’Shia’s project came to Milford.

The students talked with occupational therapists and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital on how best to support Ah’Shia in the car, make it easier for her to operate, and keep her safe while having fun.

The students rewired the gas pedal to instead be easily manipulated push buttons, created an emergency off switch, and fitted a Firefly seat to the cockpit to support Ah’Shia’s head and trunk.

“It means the world to me to be able to work soon this car for this amazing family that we have as our recipients,” said senior Colton Ring. “Just to be the good in somebody’s life from the skills that I learned in high school just means so much.”

View video of Ah'Shia trying out her new car.