Date of Defense


First Advisor

Dr. John Valasek

Second Advisor

Dr. Judah Ari-Gur

Third Advisor

Dr. John Gesink


It was desired to design a device that would allow children with cerebral palsy to enjoy swimming with their peers. The main goal of the device was to permit social interaction and exercise. The swimming aid designed consisted of three main components: Floatation board, frame, and propulsion system. The swimming aid utilized the child's muscular leg power along with his/her natural leg motion for propulsion. It could accommodate a weight range of 40-80 pounds, was low in maintenance, and was collapsible to aid in transportation. The production cost was estimated to be under $350.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only