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Community Engagement and Outreach

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VCU Engineers are dedicated to working in and with our community. Students, faculty and staff routinely engage with local schools, community groups, and community members through research projects, outcome-focused collaborations, and activities that raise public awareness of the role engineering plays in our lives. Through our Office of Government and Community Outreach, VCU Engineering hosts a variety of opportunities for community outreach and engagement.

By the numbers

For the 2019-20 academic year


Teachers Reached Through Workshops on STEAM in the Classroom


K-8 Students Reached Through Outreach and Field Trips


Visits with Regional Schools


Volunteers from VCU Engineering (students, faculty and staff)

Engaged Engineers

Volunteers make what we do possible. The VCU College of Engineering - Office of Government and Community Outreach recognizes the many recurring volunteers that devote their time and skills in support of our community programming by distinguishing them as Engaged Engineers once they have served as a volunteer at outreach and/or community engagement events for 4 semesters. If you are interested in learning more about the Engaged Engineer Award, please contact

Volunteer Registration Form

College Programs

A group of elementary school children raising their hands

Supporting Tech Achievement for Richmond Students (STARS)

A collaborative project to support STEM education in the Richmond region

STARS project

Dr. Fong working with some students at an outreach event

Early Engineers

Programming and resources designed to support elementary school educators in Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM)

Early Engineers

A young student working on a laptop doing coding

Code Beats

An opportunity for youth to learn about computer science through coding hip-hop beats

Code Beats

A group of teachers working on an outreach project

Teacher Professional Development Workshops

We offer summer workshops for teachers on topics related to engineering and technology. Contact us for more information

Contact Us

Jenilee Stanley-Shanks presenting to a group of young students

Engineering in Vision

If you can’t see it, you can’t be it. This video conference series connects students at John B. Cary Elementary with graduate students in the VCU College of Engineering

Engineering in Vision

A student presenting his project as part of the Dean's Early Research Initiative

Dean's Early Research Initiative (DERI)

An opportunity for high school students to work in VCU Engineering laboratories for an extended and in depth research experience


A student writing out some equations on a clear board


Customized, hands-on experiences featuring all aspects of engineering and computer science for high school student groups


Brook Danielson speaking at an outreach event

Engineering Practices in Color (EPIC)

A program created and run by a Biomedical Engineering graduate student to teach STEAM topics to students with cognitive diversity using innovative and multisensory methods


A group of students working on a project at a high school programming contest

High School Programming Contest

An annual challenging and fun opportunity for high school students to improve their Java programming skills

High School Programming Contest

A group of students at RamHacks 2019


The College hosts four hackathons every year on topics that range from programming to healthcare. Come celebrate innovation and ingenuity at VCU


Community Programs

Media Mentions

VCU College of Engineering receives $1 million grant from Bank of AmericaVCU Engineering - 6.30.2021

VCU engineering will expand offerings to minority communities thanks to $1 million grant from Bank of AmericaRichmond Times-Dispatch - 6.30.2021

Community garden helps Richmond students growWTVR - 6.23.2021

Kiwanis-led partnership connects students and engineers in real timeKiwanis Magazine - 1.6.2021

Community partnership gives elementary school students a glimpse into the world of engineeringVCU News - 7.8.2020

Engineering in Vision: If You Can't See It You Can't Be ItVPM - 12.12.19

Richmond conference gives middle school girls a crash course in STEAMRichmond-Times Dispatch - 6.29.19

Innovation Day at BPESMechanicsville Local - 5.15.19

VCU hosts solar competition for middle schoolersWCVE - 4.13.19

Hanover elementary school, VCU team up for Innovation DayWRIC - 3.28.19