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Community Engagement and Outreach

Introduction

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.

K-12 Students and Parents

K-12 Educators and Administrators

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By the numbers

For the 2018-19 academic year

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Teachers Reached Through Workshops on STEAM in the Classroom

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K-8 Students Reached Through Outreach and Field Trips

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Visits with Regional Schools

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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 engrengage@vcu.edu.

Outreach Opportunities

Date Event Type of Opportunities Location
January
23 Mini Innovation Day Lead Hands-on Activity Greene Elementary School
31 STEAM Day Lead Hands-on Activity Miles Jones Elementary School
February
20 Full Innovation Day Lead Hands-on Activity Henry Clay Elementary School
25 Mini Innovation Day Lead Hands-on Activity Fair Oaks Elementary School
March
2 Mini Innovation Day Lead Hands-on Activity Greenwood Elementary School
7 Robotics Competition Event Support/Judging Ecoff Elementary School
10 Mini Innovation Day Lead Hands-on Activity Barack Obama Elementary School
20 Full Innovation Day Lead Hands-on Activity Battlefield Park Elementary School
24 STEAM Night Lead Hands-on Activity Cold Harbor Elementary School
26 STEAM Night Lead Hands-on Activity Chamberlayne Elementary School
April
2 STEAM Night Lead Hands-on Activity Blackwell Preschool
17 Earth Day Celebration Lead Hands-on Activity Ward Elementary School
21 STEAM Night Lead Hands-on Activity Laurel Meadow Elementary School
May
5 Mini Innovation Day Lead Hands-on Activity Rivers Edge Elementary School
7 Henderson & MLK Middle School Field Trip Lead Hands-on Activity VCU College of Engineering - West Hall
21 Mini Innovation Day Lead Hands-on Activity J.A. Chalkley Elementary School
28 Mini Innovation Day Lead Hands-on Activity Gordon Elementary School

Engagement Opportunities

Description Location Dates
Engineering Practices in Color (EPIC)–multi-sensory STEM The New Community School Jan. 9, Feb. 6, Mar. 5, Apr. 16 & May 7

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College Programs

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 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.

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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

DERI

A student writing out some equations on a clear board

Engineers2B

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

Engineers2B

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

EPIC

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

Design-a-thons

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

Design-a-thons

Community Programs

Media Mentions

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

John B. Cary Elementary Hosts First Annual Innovation DayRPS District News 2.14.19