Colorado State University switched to online learning following the COVID-19 outbreak which meant a major shift for class projects.

Paige Floyd, Renee Farnes, and Nick Krekeler were CSU engineering students who graduated in May. Even though they had spent months working on their senior design project, COVID-19 happened and they no longer had to complete it.

Their project was to design a swing for Dylan Bush, 26, a local Fort Collins man with autism. The graduates decided to spend their Summer building the swing despite having already received their diploma.


Dylan loves swings and is known as a gentle giant but because he weighs about 300 lbs, it is difficult for him to find swings that work.

CSU had worked with his family through a local special-needs organization, Foothills Gateway, to design a custom swing for him to use in the family yard, according to Our Community Now.

“It’s been lovely. They brought me cookies at Christmas. They are the most polite kids in the world, and they seemed so excited about the project,” she said. “When you have a child like Dylan, you always wish for other people to see them the way you see them … [The students] asked questions and seemed to want to be with him. It was just a really good feeling that they weren’t here just for themselves to get their project done. They seemed happy to be here and meet him and talk with us,” Holly Bush.

CSU Students Build Swing For Autistic Man

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