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Robots from area students help disabled

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A group of home-school students are using robotic technology to make a difference in the lives of disabled veterans.

The group uses fundraising, scholarships, donations and grants to create their robotics team, which aims to help wounded veterans.The students meet every day to build robots and call themselves "Up Next, First Robotics."

Ron Gulick, who uses a wheelchair, depends on his service dog, Meade, a yellow lab. A car crash six years ago left Gulick paralyzed from the shoulders down, costing him most of his movements and much of his independence.

"I hate having to have people do things for me because I like to do things on my own," he explained.

Because of his disability, he had trouble leashing and unleashing Meade.

The team's engineering prowess allowed them to create technology that helps Gulick. He can also now feed himself for the first time since the crash.

"I feel blessed," he said. "I feel lucky."

The students said it is a privilege to help others like Gulick and wounded veterans who have done so much for their country. They are working with veterans groups to identify wounded veterans in the area and design and fabricate custom parts to help them.

"We feel that science and technology is one of the greatest ways that we can better society," sophomore Cullan Fritts said. "It not only helps them. It helps us. It helps everybody."

The group is applying for the Rockwell Automation grant. They have created a video about the project. The group with the most votes wins.

To see their video, click here.

For more information on the team, click here.

To vote for the team, click here.

Voting ends Nov. 29.

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