IDEA Institute Project Showcase

Water and Sustainability - RRCC Cooling Tower Project

The fall 2014 IDEA class project, cooling tower blowdown water reduction, is moving forward into final design and construction. Students from this class have returned from their four year universities to finish what they started three years ago. They are working with RRCC facilities maintenance technician Danny Rogers and the engineering design firm McGrath Incorporated.

Project UPLIFT (Uniting People in Learning and Ingenuity to Flourish and Thrive)

An interdisciplinary team of Red Rocks students who are working with Agile International, an NGO whose mission is to return Western Africa to food abundance by empowering local women farmers. Project UPLIFT works directly with Fatou Doumbia, founder of Agile and resident of Longmont, Colorado, as well as local community members in Sanakaroba, Mali to improve the farm’s infrastructure. Their involvement will benefit hundreds of women farmers who are currently trying to convert a 35-acre plot of land into a wide-scale sustainable farm operation. Project UPLIFT’s work includes designing a solar-powered well pump. See Project UPLIFT on Facebook!

RRCC Team Red Foxes wins national 2015 Innovation Challenge competition!

Congratulations to RRCC students Keya Lea Horiuchi, Scotty Hall, Nathan Tiedt, and Kaia Chapman (Team Red Foxes) and faculty mentor Dr. Helena Martellaro for winning the National Science Foundation Community College Innovation Challenge! They designed a Mobile Medical Disaster Relief Dispensation Unit with mentoring from their industry partner AppliedTrust. Follow the product development at!

Keya Lea Horiuchi, Scotty Hall, Nathan Tiedt, and Kaia Chapman (Team Red Foxes) and faculty mentor Dr. Helena Martellaro submitted to the NSF Innovation Challenge under Infrastructure Security.