“It’s so magical to see all of these kids smile and rejoice whenever they explore their independence and mobility for some of the first times.” Mehta said.
“It’s the most comforting, beautiful experience in the world for me personally when I see these kids drive the cars for some of the first times, and achieve this sense of mobility and independence,” Mehta said.
"A Valley 17-year-old founded a nonprofit group, Magical Motors, that modifies power wheel cars for disabled kids the group works with Valley schools so students can modify these device—very individualized—as part of their tech curriculum. Arizona State Superintendent of Education Tom Horne was at BASIS Phoenix today, calling this an example of academic excellence. So far, they've built 25 cars."
"A remarkable senior in high school and a genuine human being, Aanand has created a non-profit that combines STEM education with mechanical engineering. His goal is to create a future where every child with a disability has the opportunity to live an independent life."
"The 25 winners, named in February, each earned a $5,000 award and an all-expenses-paid trip to this week’s Emerging Visionaries Summit, plus a chance to win an additional $10,000. The summit included an awards ceremony, where winners were celebrated by special guests including actress, activist and author America Ferrera. The students also consulted with Prudential senior leaders on topics of strategy and impact, and worked with Prudential employee coaches who helped them refine and advance their projects."
"26 groups of young people presented changemaking ideas with a chance to win $25,000 for their idea...The event was very inspiring and gives hope for the future generations."
"On this episode we are talking with Aanand Mehta, one of the co-founders of Magical Motors. This episode is all about independent mobility in kids. Magical Motors is specialized on the development of assistive technologies for children with disabilities. We talk about their latest technology releases, as well as how you can get involved and start your own chapter in your area and start supporting action similar to these."
"Let’s go back to Ollie’s initial reaction. Did any of you catch what he said when he saw his new best-friend? He said “Wow! I can ride the car? I wanna ride the car!” Simply seeing his car inspired him to move! And I see nothing more innocent, more pure, and more encouraging than this initiative to move. It’s moments like this that inspire me to apply our mission to every child possessing a barrier to expressing themselves through movement."
""'We're rewiring the acceleration from the gas pedal at the bottom because they are not able to us their legs to a button on the steering wheel,' Fichadia said."