IDEA Institute

The IDEA Institute re-imagines learning for an era of innovation and entrepreneurship by advancing initiatives in engineering, innovation and project-based learning.  IDEA seeks to create diverse problem-solvers of the future through partnerships with universities, industry and community. To find more information about our projects, resources, or events, please visit our website

IDEA Engineering

The IDEA Engineering Program is part of the Associate of Science with an engineering emphasis. The program transfers upon acceptance to Colorado School of Mines. Students who will transfer to other engineering schools should work closely with advisors at both institutions. Key features of the IDEA Engineering Program include hands-on learning, makerspaces, research and internship experiences, scholarships and leadership opportunities in student clubs. Learn more at the IDEA Engineering Program.


The IDEA Lab brings together students and faculty to explore, innovate and create. Part design studio, part makerspace, it is an environment that facilitates peer-to-peer learning and rapid prototyping. To learn a new skill, join a project, or explore an entrepreneurial venture, visit the IDEA Lab. We are located on the West End, first floor.

Exploring Innovation: K-12 Educational Outreach

The IDEA Institute has launched Exploring Innovation to inspire the next generation of innovators. Our K-12 outreach includes the High School Design Challenge, mentoring for STEM education or after school clubs, as well as hosting IDEA Preview Days at Red Rocks Community College for students interested in STEM/engineering. This year, IDEA is working with two Jeffco high schools to pilot a High School Design Challenge. Green Mountain High School and Summit Academy will support teams of students to identify a problem in food, water, energy or the environment, propose a solution, and prototype a physical artifact using their makerspaces. Prizes and Red Rocks scholarships will go to the top three teams. Students will present their designs at the IDEA Expo on May 3, 2018 from 5:00-7:00pm at Red Rocks.

IDEA Faculty Fellows

IDEA Faculty Fellows are innovating pedagogy with project-based learning to provide students with more relevant and applied learning. Fellows are also working to break down silos and create interdisciplinary collaboration. Follow their work and apply to become a Fellow here.