MSU students design therapeutic pony for disabled kids

Posted at 2:06 PM, Apr 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-01 07:27:24-04

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) - Almost 250 teams at the MSU College of Engineering showed off projects they've worked on all semester at the annual "Design Day."

They ranged from video games to ways to detect the presence of natural gas.

One of the most talked about projects was "Seabiscuit," a therapeutic pony. MSU Engineering student Matthew Marsh said, "Put these disabled children who will be riding this device, we coule put those students in the position to know that we're engaging certain muscle groups and be able to track that to complete whatever physical therapy goals they have."

The Seabiscuit team created the therapeutic pony to help kids at Heartwood school in Mason. They said the impact it will have on students gives them more satisfaction than a good grade or even graduation. They say seeing the device put smiles on children's faces makes it all worth it.