Robotics Students Build Car for Easter Seals Child

Robotics Students Build Car for Easter Seals Child

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METAMORA – The Metamora/ Washington Area Robotics Team presented a custom crafted gift Saturday to a Central Illinois boy with special needs.

"I love how we can take the things that we learn in class and then put them into action," said Jenna Gardner, who works on the team.

It took several students to build a remote control dune buggy, but it was the reaction from 6-year-old Alex Camacho that made all the work worth it.

"It was very, kind of emotional for me because having kids with disabilities being able to go out there and have a great time and overcome those obstacles is great for us too as students," Gardner.

Alex grinned as father Ben Camacho helped strap him in tight. Alex has cerebral palsy, which affects his movement and vision. Luckily, he had a little help at the wheel with big brother Zachary controlling the remote.

"They communicate well but they don't actually play the same things," Ben Camacho said.

He said this is a chance for his sons to bond, and an opportunity for the family to relax from daily challenges and dedicate the moment to a smile, a remote and four wheels.

“To be able to have something that's just extracurricular just for fun for him. Something he doesn't need, just for him to play with and then to see his brother so happy to be a part of it," Ben Camacho said.

The robotics team often competes with their creations, but Gardner said this mission was better than any first place trophy.

"I know that we're helping out a great family and a great cause too," she said. "It's just awesome to see what we do can impact so many people."

The Camachos are part of Easter Seals;  the organization that provides services to people with disabilities.

This is the second time the robotics team has outfitted a device for an Easter Seals child, and they tell us it won't be the last.
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