Red Rocks Innovations in STEM Engagement

RISE provides transformative experiences for community college students to flourish and thrive along multiple pathways. RISE is cross-disciplinary, on the cutting edge of 21st century learning and sparks new ideas in STEM, innovation, higher education, and inclusive excellence. Partnerships with industry and community organizations provide opportunities for students to apply creativity and innovation to real world projects.

IDEA Lab: Inclusive Makerspace

The IDEA Lab provides opportunities, tools and mentoring for community college students to learn, create and innovate. Through hands-on projects, students learn classroom concepts experientially in a way that makes sense to them, and develop self-efficacy and skills that help them persist and transfer. The IDEA Lab is interdisciplinary, participatory and student-led.

STEM-X: On-Ramp to STEM fields and careers

Through STEM-X, students engage in hands-on experiences in STEM while exploring engineering and technical fields and careers.  STEM-X offers courses, workshops, projects and competitions in areas such as robotics, electronics, making and design. 

Diversifying the STEM Innovation Pipeline

RISE diversifies the innovation workforce by engaging community college students, often low-income, first-generation and veterans, in STEM. RISE provides mentoring to enhance persistence of students along STEM pathways into transfer programs or the workforce.