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Community Engagement

The Virginia Tech Roanoke Center embodies the Virginia Tech motto - Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). We create or engage in events that incite innovation and positivity while boosting the impact of the community voice.  

Ongoing Events

Roanoke STEAM Day logo

Roanoke STEAM Day is an interactive event held in downtown Roanoke for area schools. Students experience exhibitors, experts and emerging technologies at various host organizations across the downtown area. The event is free and there are scholarships available to help offset the cost of sending students. Visit the STEAM Day page for more information!

Facts & Snacks Professional Development Series logo

The Virginia Tech Roanoke Center offers a short, engaging session each month on a current topic that is open to the public. Facts & Snacks is currently being held virtually.

Faculty Lecture Series logo

This quarterly event at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center features a FREE interactive discussion from Virginia Tech faculty. The topic changes with each faculty member presenting. Seating is limited and light refreshments are served.

Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab logo

Our lab features an engaging maker space and coding experience where students complete and present a project. Their one-day field trip will be enriched by instruction on Arduino microcontrollers using breadboards, servos, circuitry, LEDs and solar panels, while their creative side can use plastic, plush toys, glitter and more in their one-of-a-kind creation.

Program participation is funded by Qualcomm and our generous corporate sponsors. For more information, visit the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab page!

Past Events

2019 Virginia Tech Roanoke Center Opioid Datathon logo

The 2019 Virginia Tech Roanoke Center Opioid Datathon focused on leveraging current data available to suggest new, innovative and potentially impactful ways to involve parents and community stakeholders in awareness and education surrounding youth/teenage (ages 12-18) opioid addiction at the regional level. Click below to see the details and the outcome of this partnership-creating event!