IDEA Institute

Creating innovative problem-solvers

The IDEA Institute prepares students to become problem-solvers of the future through innovations around interdisciplinary projects, authentic experiences, and career connections. Partnerships with industry and community organizations provide opportunities for students to apply problem-solving, design, technology, media, creativity and innovation to real world projects.

IDEA Institute Fellows

The IDEA Institute Faculty Fellows program increases faculty capacity to launch curricular innovations around learner-centered approaches. Faculty fellows experiment with new ideas to deepen learning that is relevant to 21st century challenges. See the work of the Fellows here.

IDEA Lab: Transforming the Educational Environment

The IDEA Lab is the space where faculty and students explore, innovate and create. It is participatory, and promotes peer-to-peer learning. The IDEA Lab values sustainability, doing and making, optimism, and action.

Introduction to Design and Engineering Applications (IDEA)

The IDEA class (EGT 140 Introduction to Design and Engineering Applications) is a unique and hands-on course that cultivates an understanding of the differences in engineering disciplines while working in interdisciplinary teams. The IDEA class transfers to Colorado School of Mines for EPICS I and to CU-Boulder for GEEN 1400 Engineering Projects. 

Diversifying the STEM Innovation Pipeline

The IDEA Institute diversifies the innovation workforce by engaging community college students, often low-income, first-generation and/or veterans, in STEM. Through guided pathways, research and internships, and mentoring, the IDEA Institute enhances persistence of students along STEM pathways into transfer programs or the workforce.