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In Axtell Town - Utah- Kids with physical disabilities can fully Swing

In the small town of Axtell lies a quaint community park. Here, families can gather, children can play, and now — thanks to a partnership between Baylor’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Texas State Technical College — kids with physical disabilities can fully enjoy the space, as well.

Axtell City installed a new wheelchair-friendly swing designed by Baylor engineering students and built by TSTC welding, precision machining, and auto restoration students. The Baylor engineering team began mocking up designs last fall; one group designed the structure, while another group designed the platform. TSTC students then used those designs to build the swing this spring, with the welding department fabricating the various components and the automotive restoration department applying the final finishing.

Recent Baylor grad Leonard Walker (BS ’22), a design team leader on the project, noted that the project did have its challenges, especially the scaffold and the portion holding the wheelchair. “Not all disabilities are the same, so we had to craft an all-purpose design that could be enjoyed by all,” he says.

“In my eyes, engineers are meant to help communities,” adds Walker, “and I’m so honored to have been a part of this project and help children in need.”

We need always to think about "people of determination" to include them in all human activities especially those which bring joy and happiness 🙏


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