WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today recognized the students of Gilford High School’s Introduction to Engineering class as the June 2019 Granite Staters of the Month for successfully creating personalized, easy-to-use mobility devices for three young students in their community who experience disabilities.
The idea for this project came from Troy Gallagher, a now-graduated senior of Gilford High School, who participated in a five-week engineering course as part of an advanced studies program at St. Paul’s School. While there, he was introduced to the University of Delaware initiative GoBabyGo!, which works with communities around the world to modify ride-on cars for children with disabilities. Troy brought this idea to his Introduction to Engineering teacher, Dan Caron, who realized the project’s potential and tasked the rest of his class with building the mobility devices as their final engineering assignment. After the vehicles were completed, Mr. Caron’s class visited Gilford Elementary School to present these mobility devices to their new owners: preschoolers George and Morgan, and first-grader Chloe.
In creating these vehicles, the students of Gilford High School’s Introduction to Engineering class demonstrated their ingenuity, hard work, and compassion in order to bring joy and dignity to those who have been marginalized.
Senator Hassan launched the “Granite Stater of the Month” initiative in 2017 to recognize outstanding New Hampshire citizens who go above and beyond to help their neighbors and make their communities stronger. To nominate a New Hampshire citizen to be a “Granite Stater of the Month,” constituents can complete the nomination form here.
Click here and see below for a statement that Senator Hassan submitted into the Congressional Record recognizing the students of Gilford High School’s Introduction to Engineering class.