IDEA Lab

What is the IDEA Lab?

The IDEA Lab = SPACE + PLATFORM for collaboration, learning and engagement.  The IDEA Lab:

1.  Mentors multi-disciplinary student design teams to organize, collaborate, and create solutions for problems impacting their community.

2.  Works with community, business and industry partners to identify design challenges and coordinate with student teams.

3.  Facilitates workshops for students and faculty on human-centered design, project management, making and innovation.

RRCC Team Red Foxes wins national 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! Team Red Foxes was first selected as a top 10 finalist in the NSF Innovation Challenge. After attending the Innovation Boot Camp June 15-18 in Washington, DC, co-hosted by NSF and the American Association of Community Colleges, they received mentoring and coaching to help further develop their prototype. Innovation Boot Camp participants also exhibited their innovations at a reception on Capitol Hill, hosted by U.S. Representative David Price from North Carolina.  At the final competition on June 18 team Red Foxes was selected as the overall winner! See their Mobile Medical Disaster Relief Dispensation Unit video below. Follow the product development at fosslounge.org!

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.

Karla Sanchez, Josh Boucher, Lauren Pott, David Duncan and Kristina Robbins formed a team to submit under the Sustainability category with a proposal for a water filtration system using sustainable resources and 3-D printing. Their team was mentored by faculty member Jeremy Beard (IDEA instructor), and Baseline Engineering.  Although this team was not selected as a finalist, students are advancing the prototype in the IDEA Lab.

Thank you to our supporter!

The IDEA Lab is generously supported by Xcel Energy.

Meet the IDEA Lab Coordinator

Jeremy Beard graduated from Colorado School of Mines in 2004 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is currently working on a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. When Jeremy is not mentoring students in the IDEA Lab he teaches the IDEA course (EGT 140). Jeremy's background is in water/wastewater design.

Jeremy can be reached at Jeremy.beard@rrcc.edu

For more information about the IDEA Lab and how you can get involved, email Liz Cox, Director of Red Rocks Innovations in STEM Education (RISE) at liz.cox@rrcc.edu

IDEA Lab

What is the IDEA Lab?

The IDEA Lab = SPACE + PLATFORM for collaboration, learning and engagement.  The IDEA Lab:

1.  Mentors multi-disciplinary student design teams to organize, collaborate, and create solutions for problems impacting their community.

2.  Works with community, business and industry partners to identify design challenges and coordinate with student teams.

3.  Facilitates workshops for students and faculty on human-centered design, project management, making and innovation.

RRCC Team Red Foxes wins national 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! Team Red Foxes was first selected as a top 10 finalist in the NSF Innovation Challenge. After attending the Innovation Boot Camp June 15-18 in Washington, DC, co-hosted by NSF and the American Association of Community Colleges, they received mentoring and coaching to help further develop their prototype. Innovation Boot Camp participants also exhibited their innovations at a reception on Capitol Hill, hosted by U.S. Representative David Price from North Carolina.  At the final competition on June 18 team Red Foxes was selected as the overall winner! See their Mobile Medical Disaster Relief Dispensation Unit video below. Follow the product development at fosslounge.org!

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.

Karla Sanchez, Josh Boucher, Lauren Pott, David Duncan and Kristina Robbins formed a team to submit under the Sustainability category with a proposal for a water filtration system using sustainable resources and 3-D printing. Their team was mentored by faculty member Jeremy Beard (IDEA instructor), and Baseline Engineering.  Although this team was not selected as a finalist, students are advancing the prototype in the IDEA Lab.

Thank you to our supporter!

The IDEA Lab is generously supported by Xcel Energy.

Meet the IDEA Lab Coordinator

Jeremy Beard graduated from Colorado School of Mines in 2004 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is currently working on a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. When Jeremy is not mentoring students in the IDEA Lab he teaches the IDEA course (EGT 140). Jeremy's background is in water/wastewater design.

Jeremy can be reached at Jeremy.beard@rrcc.edu

For more information about the IDEA Lab and how you can get involved, email Liz Cox, Director of Red Rocks Innovations in STEM Education (RISE) at liz.cox@rrcc.edu