By volunteering in and around where ECOS is based in Columbus, Ohio, the organization helps to support their community and make it better in many ways. Some of these ways include designing and installing wheel chair ramps at community member's homes, developing technologies for the poor and homeless and their social support servies, and teaching retired students the complicated art of navigating a computer. These activities allow ECOS members to develop their skills as engineers and practice them in a way which positively effects the community.
Each semester, students will design a bike to meet the specific needs of an individual with a disability. Students will then build the bike, gaining experience with welding the frame and completing the full assembly.
The Homeless Shelter Design Project focuses on aiding homeless individuals in the Columbus area. Participants will design, build, and implement a technology that will provide shelter to individuals who face homelessness in the Columbus area.
Students participating in the Westminister-Thurber project teach basic computing skills to residents of the Westminster Retirement Community near OSU's campus.
Students design and construct wheel chair ramps for members of the local Columbus community.
Students give quick presentations to retired citizens at a community center to help them use technology.
Students work with underprivileged kids to build drones with 4th and 5th graders.
Students develop a visual based coding platform so that those with various disabilities can program on a tablet with simple commands.
Students work with a settlement house to design a clean, modern website from the ground up.