TU students build device for kids with special needs

TULSA -- A group of TU senior mechanical engineering students surprised kids at The Little Light House Wednesday morning with a project that will help the kids build core strength and balance.

The students built The Cloud Surfer throughout the semester, working with occupational therapists at The Little Light House, a facility that provides tuition-free educational and therapeutic services for kids with special needs.

TU and The Little Light House have a decade-long partnership where every semester the mechanical engineering students work on their senior project for the kids, and the occupational therapists give them feedback on their success.

The Cloud Surfer is made with foam on the inside, and has furniture gliders on the bottom making it easy for the therapists to transport them around. Kids could either stand or be buckled into the seat. 

"They are actually working their core strength and balance skills every time they get on it which is very important for our children because a lot of them lack core strength," said Anne McCoy, occupational therapist at The Little Light House.

All projects donated from TU to The Little Light House are free, thanks to an endowment.

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