LACO - Local And Community Outreach


While the other EWB projects help communities all around the world, the local chapter of EWB focuses on getting involved in the local community surrounding Virginia Tech. We apply our engineering education to community service projects, including tutoring students in math and science, designing and implementing projects given by nearby counties’ social services, and volunteering with other activities. We are currently working with the YMCA and Craig County Social Services, with hopes to expand our
partnerships. We also have teams for Relay for Life and the Big Event.

Previous LACO Initiatives

K-12 Outreach

The Virginia Tech chapter of EWB has we worked with local public schools to educate the next generation of engineers on international issues. Our program began in 2004 as our chapter's first service project. Engineering students visited Blacksburg High School to mentor students of all academic levels in a McGyver-style group project.
Currently we have 6 units:
See n Say dissection
Bottle Rockets
Egg Drop Competition
FM Radios
Water Purification

Habitat for Humanity

In the past EWB at Virginia Tech participated in a Habitat for Humanity we hope to continue that partnership in the next year. The work ranged from yard work to installing insulation to pouring concrete and everything in between! Not only was this a great way for the members of EWB to do a little team-building, but it was a great opportunity to do something for our local community here in Blacksburg.

If you have a volunteer opportunity for us, please contact us at or

If you would like to give back to our local communities, please don’t hesitate to join us!

Egg Drop Competition

Bottle Rockets