Gunner

Gunner was diagnosed with Down's Syndrome, which causes low muscle tone and decreased strength.  Although Gunner walks, he has difficulty keeping up with his sibling and consistent stability.  His modified car allows him to work on balance and leg strength.  The NCHS students designed the car so that it will only move when he stands up.    

Gunner's car prior to modifications

Gunner's car prior to modifications

Normal Community High School students with the modified vehicle they designed and engineered.  

Normal Community High School students with the modified vehicle they designed and engineered.  

Gunner's modified cart.    The cart forces Gunner to stand in order for it to move forward, which is helping to improve his leg strength.   

Gunner's modified cart.  

The cart forces Gunner to stand in order for it to move forward, which is helping to improve his leg strength.   

Gunner takes a quick ride on his car. The car has been modified to begin moving when he stands up, encouraging him to strengthen his leg muscles and work on standing up tall.