The Red Rocks Institute for STEM Education (RISE) promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education that enhances innovation, sustainability and equity. RISE accomplishes this by creating innovative learning environments that engage hands-on learning, education for local and global challenges, and a diverse student population.
- Design-oriented and project-based STEM education to address campus or community sustainability challenges. Through Introduction to Design and Engineering Applications (IDEA), students explore design, engineering and sustainability by responding to a design challenge that results in conceptual design, prototype, and/or physical structure for a real world client. By working on interdisciplinary teams, students practice professional skills in collaboration and project management.
- Mentoring support to students in their R&D work. Mentors represent a wide margin of expertise and include faculty, professionals, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the community. Mentoring provides students with role models and access to up-to-date information on what’s happening in their chosen field.
- A collaboration platform for student innovators across middle and high school, community college and research universities to share stories, knowledge, skills and experiences.
- And, a showcase of some of the most successful projects that demonstrate how creativity and an inter-disciplinary approach can encourage entrepreneurial responses to local challenges.