The Colorado School of Mines in Golden is getting in on the crowdfunding game, launching a platform where students, faculty and staff can share their projects and collect donations.

"By showcasing some innovative projects from our talented faculty and students, the Mines community can help them reach their goals," said Brian Winkelbauer, Mines Foundation president and CEO.

The website, called "Gold Mine," launched Tuesday. It already has seven projects listed, ranging from engineering sanitation solutions in Nepal to purchasing a trailer to build a "Mines Tiny House."

"Crowdfunding was instrumental in getting our feet off the ground on fundraising," said Ethan Palay, a team member working on the Mines Tiny House project. Palay and his team already raised more than $7,300 for their project, which was originally launched in the spring to test the "Gold Mine" platform.

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