Device helps children - Engineering & Natural Sciences

Cloud surfing device helps children at Tulsa’s Little Light House

A team of University of Tulsa mechanical engineering seniors designed and built a cloud surfing device for children at Little Light House during the spring semester. The balance board is suitable for small children with special needs by using magnets to support the platform and damp its motion as the kids shift their balance forward and backward, left and right. The device can be used for children sitting or standing.

Team members included Shafee Al-Qahtani, Yzeed Al-Muraikhi, Emily Esther, Junhao Gao, Heather Klein, JT Stancil, Gemeng Zhang and Boyu Zhou.

In addition to this senior project, many other TU students regularly participate in the university’s Make a Difference Engineering (MADE at TU) initiative, focusing their talents on projects that address the special needs of local residents with physical and developmental disabilities. This year, students also designed a fishing simulator to assist patients with therapy at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.