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The Magic Rider

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Abstract

Many children with disabilities are unable to develop depth perception and body control by crawling or walking. These children can be aided through therapy on a mobility platform, a small battery-powered vehicle. The University of Tulsa has developed a mobility platform called the Magic Rider. The Magic Rider helps children increase their sense of self-worth, independence, and spatial awareness at The Little Light House, a school for children who are disabled ages 2-6. This paper describes a project to improve the aesthetics and functionality of the first generation Magic Rider. The largest challenge was to design and create a sturdier, more aesthetically pleasing body amendable to production in larger volumes. The new body was created using a ribbed cross section technique. This novel production technique proved successful and the modified Magic Rider has been returned to The Little Light House, where observations from staff indicate it is meeting its therapeutic and recreational goals.

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