IDEA Institute Programs

Our Programs

The IDEA Institute actively supports projects and pilots that break down silos and encourage interdisciplinary and project-based education. Our projects support students to develop skills in self-directed learning, creativity and innovation, and teamwork and collaboration. 

Innovation, Design and Engineering Applications

In the IDEA class (Introduction to Design and Engineering Applications, EGT 140, 3 transfer credits), students develop design, technical and profressional skills while advancing solutions to real world problems. The IDEA Lab supports student innovation by providing tools, design space and industry collaborations, leading to new product ideas, or innovative class or club projects.  Our work seeks to enhance transfer pathways by developing partnerships with engineering universities around design, innovation and entrepreneurship, and project-based learning. 


K-12 Exploring Innovation

Our work supports expanding STEM, design, innovation and making into our local school district and the broader community. This project is currently supported by Xcel Energy

We are facilitating a collaboration with Engineering @ Red Rocks Community College and STEM @ Jeffco Public Schools to implement Engineering by Doing around projects that matter into K-12 through several initiatives, a Teacher Fellow Program, Exploring Innovation workshops, and the IDEA Institute High School Innovation Challenge.

Join the IDEA Institute High School Innovation Challenge 2018-2019! See the challenge guidelines here.

Idea Lab supporting STEAM through the Inventor's Fair in Jeffco at the annual Jeffco Fair and Festival

jeffco inventor's fair