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Grand Valley student engineers build custom swing for child with special needs

November 25, 2019

Grand Valley student engineers build custom swing for child with special needs

A group of Grand Valley engineering students recently delivered a custom-built electric swing to an area family to help their daughter with special needs.

The students built the specialized swing for Alexis Truax after her mother, Sarah Truax, contacted the School of Engineering after seeing a story on the local news about a similar project.

Sarah Truax said her daughter is soothed by the repetitive motion of swinging back and forth, but pushing a manual swing for hours takes up valuable time that she would normally use doing other things, so an electric swing that doesn’t require pushing is a huge time-saver for the family.

The project was organized by assistant professor of engineering Mahdi Norouzi and students in a machine-design class. Continue Reading 

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