Red Rocks Innovations in STEM Engagement

Creating community college student leaders, doers and changemakers

RISE supports students as innovators. Want to work on a real world project that will make a difference in the world? Interested in inventing? Bring your idea into the IDEA Lab for mentoring.

The RISE experience is unscripted, at times messy and chaotic, but always exciting. Since problems and their possible solutions cross over multiple disciplines, RISE invites participation from students of all majors, from STEM to the arts, to collaborate, innovate, and become catalysts for creating constructive and sustainable change.

What does a RISE experience look like?

Project Uplift is developing an irrigation system for Agile International, a non-profit in Mali to support agriculture and women’s empowerment. Project Uplift began with 5 engineering students and grew to include multimedia and graphic design, water quality, and business students. See us on facebook.


RISE launched the IDEA Lab as a collaboration space for students to work on real world problems. Part makerspace, part design center, the IDEA Lab houses 3-D printing, Raspberry Pis to build small computers, soldering irons to create circuits and plenty of whiteboards for collaboration. Come visit the IDEA Lab in the library!  The IDEA Lab supports RISE students who want to work on team-based projects that promote innovation and sustainable change, or projects as part of a STEM course, as well as entrepreneurially-minded students and anyone else who wants to experience hands-on learning.

EGT 140 Introduction to Design and Engineering Applications (IDEA)

RISE launched IDEA as a project-based course that introduces students to engineering and different engineering disciplines through real world projects. Students develop a design for a real client, produce a graphical representation of the design, communicate their design, and advance a prototype. This course transfers to Colorado School of Mines for EPICS I (EPICS 151).