What is STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Any classes or clubs in Physics, Biology, Geology, Math, Engineering Track, or Chemistry qualify as STEM. If you're taking these courses, you could be eligible for scholarships and internships. Check out scholarship and internship opportunities here.

We currently have 2 openings for STEM Scholar research scholarships of $5,000 for first-generation or low-income students! Apply here by February 16, 2018.

STEM at RRCC includes:

Supporting Students to Transfer into a STEM degree at a 4-yr University

Join a growing community of students participating in STEM research, internships, clubs, IDEA Lab and more to better prepare for transferring into a university STEM degree. RRCC provides students with strong academic programs in STEM, as well as many opportunities to get hands-on experience both in and out of the classroom. Whether through a biology research experience, Engineering Club workshop, or real world project in the IDEA Lab, RRCC encourages students to get involved in several STEM experiences to strengthen academic and career goals, discover best transfer pathways, and find support for STEM learning. Students who become involved in STEM activities become likely candidates for STEM Scholarships. Take advantage of all that RRCC has to offer!

Transfer pathway in Eng​ineering

Students who plan to transfer to Colorado School of Mines or CU-Boulder are encouraged to register for EGT 140 Introduction to Design and Engineering Applications (IDEA), 3 credits.  Learn engineering design, ethics, economics and how math and science apply to a real world project. This course transfers to Mines for EPICS I, and to CU-Boulder for GEEN 1400 (Engineering Projects).

Design and build your STEM project and skills in the IDEA Lab!

The IDEA Lab is the center of innovation and STEM at Red Rocks. Tools, resources and design space available to support prototyping and building STEM projects. 3-D printers, microcontrollers, soldering, whiteboards and more! Located on west end, across from Student Life Desk.

Research Experiences in STEM

Students who identify as either low-income and/or first-generation (first in their family to earn a baccalaureate degree) are encouraged to apply to Summer Research Experiences in STEM.  The college has received a $500k grant from the National Science Foundation to provide mentoring, research experiences, and learning support to enhance success of low-income and/or first-generation community college students in STEM. STEM Scholars are eligible to apply for paid positions in the STEM Scholars Summer Research Experience.

Colorado Space Grant Consortium

RRCC is part of NASA Space Grant Program through the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC) which provides Colorado students access to space through innovative courses, real-world hands-on satellite programs, and interactive outreach programs. 

Science Expo

Doing an interesting research or class project in one of your science classes? Consider presenting at the Science Expo where each semester students create a poster and present their work on campus. Learn more about the Science Expo.

STEM Clubs

Joining a club is a good way to meet peers interested in similar fields or careers, gain leadership experience, and get more involved on campus. There are several active STEM clubs on campus, including Geology, Mechatronics, Engineering and more. Consider joining or starting a STEM club.

STEM Scholarships

The Red Rocks Community College Foundation Scholarship Program has many STEM scholarship opportunities. Engineering students who intend to transfer to Colorado School of Mines may be eligible for a scholarship from the Harvey Family Foundation. This scholarship, which may cover up to one full-year of Red Rocks tuition, is managed by the Foundation office so be sure to look for their scholarship deadlines. Harvey Scholars are typically very engaged in STEM activities so be sure to get involved and take on some leadership roles! 

Exploring Innovation: K-12 Educational Outreach

The IDEA Institute creates opportunities for students in K-12 to experience hands-on STEM education. The mission of our outreach is to inspire the next generation of talented and diverse students to engineering and technology careers. Our activities emphasize creative problem solving, arts, collaboration, leadership, innovation, and the application of technology. Learn more about our K-12 outreach