In addition to our work international work, we are also passionate about improving our home here in Columbus. We are involved in a number of local projects that vary from semester to semester. Whether it’s inspiring the next generation of engineers with STEM-related kids clubs, or working with local businesses to build small structures, EWB is thankful for these opportunities to give back to the Columbus area.
EMDR Bilateral Stimulation Devices (Buzzies)
EWB OSU has been researching and developing EMDR stimulation devices to be donated to the OSU CCS department. Bilateral stimulation is proven to lower anxiety levels and emit different frequencies inducing a calming sensation for the user. The CCS department will use our devices as a tool used for student therapy sessions.
Grow with the FLOW
Since Autumn 2021, we have been working with a local tree nursery in Weinland Park run by Friends of the Lower Olentangy River (FLOW). In addition to the nursery, we helped to improve the rainwater collection system and we are currently developing a manual water pump that is powered by a bicycle.
Franklin County Dog Shelter (PAWS)
PAWS is a new EWB project connected to the Franklin County Dog Shelter (FCDS) in Columbus, Ohio. The team’s goal is to locate, design, and assist in the construction of an enrichment and recreation area for the 100+ adoption-ready dogs at the FCDS over the course of the coming year.
Community Garden (DRIPPY)
The DRIPPY project is focused on improving and developing a community garden on Champion Ave. in Columbus. Partnering with Lutheran Social Services(LSS) and South Side Family Farms(SSFF), the garden is being planned around an LSS food pantry. LSS wants the community garden to be a community space, as well as a space for education on gardening, the benefits of fresh food, and many more topics.
Volunteer & Education Outreach
Local Projects is always focused on continued volunteering outlets even amidst the pandemic. This committee focuses on planning and executing these volunteer programs for our members. Our first program will be creating and donating no-sew blankets to a nearby homeless shelter.