To start off, many thanks to everyone who has donated to the ECOS Wheelchair Ramp Project! We are thrilled to have surpassed our goal after less than half of the month! However, we are still accepting donations through February, and every dollar contributed will be used for future projects!
In addition to the Wheelchair Ramp and Westminster Computer Classes projects, a younger project within ECOS is the Humanitarian Engineering Scholars Homeless Shelter Design Project. This group is focused on helping the community’s homeless population. The group goes and volunteers at local homeless shelters and is also in the process of designing an economical portable shelter. The goal of this project is to get younger Ohio State Engineers involved both in community service and the design process. Many ideas from the members are drawn and discussed during the meetings, and then some are made into CAD models that the group can use to explain the function of components.
This group is designing and constructing a relatively cheap personal shelter that a homeless person could use to temporarily aid themselves in the process of finding a home. The general idea is that the shelter needs to be safe, weather resistant, and economical so that it can be funded easily.
The group has just finished the exo-skeleton portion of their design process, with it costing under $20 to construct. The skeleton expands to over 6 feet long and over 3 feet high, while compressing down to the size of a backpack!