Paraplegic Swing

University of Colorado Boulder, 1998 - $10,500

This team is designing a universally accessible, hand-powered swing that does not require a child to use his or her legs to pump. The swing was originally designed for a child who had limited functionality of his legs. He loved the design and was able to learn to use it quickly. The team plans to modify the swing to make it inexpensive, safer, and installable on any standard swing set.

The team will first market the swing to people with limited use of their legs, and then expand the market to playgrounds as a piece of standard equipment. The team plans to develop advanced prototypes, pursue IP, and develop a business and marketing plan.

The E-Team consists of two sophomore mechanical engineering students and one sophomore aerospace engineering student.