Imagine RIT is an annual festival held by The Rochester Institute of Technology each spring to showcase the innovative and creative spirit of RIT students, faculty, and staff. In the words of RIT President Bill Destler, the festival shows what can happen when, “the right and left brain collide.”
This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, May 1st from 10 am to 5 pm throughout the campus of RIT.
Attendees of the festival will experience interactive presentations, hands-on demonstrations, and exhibitions. You can plan your day in advance by visiting the festival’s 2010 program and searching for the “Zone” that most interests you. Zones include: The Think Tank, Artistic Alley, Engineering Park, Computer Zone, Green Place, and Technology Quarter. You can add specific exhibits from each Zone to your itinerary, download the itinerary, and print it. Customzing your visit in advance will help you save time and focus on the areas that interest you the most.
Some of the displays and activities especially designed for young visitors are:
Another highlight of Imagine RIT is the annual festival poster contest. This year, there were 66 entries and 5,000 votes by members of the RIT community. Each entry can be seen on the Imagine RIT website. This is a great competition that encourages students to merge creativity with the STEM fields. Thomas Sokolowski, a first-year chemical engineering student from Rochester won this year’s contest with a stunning galactic themed entry.
Another unique contest offered through Imagine RIT is the “Dr. Destler’s Green Vehicle Challenge.” The challenge will take place at 9:00 am on May 1 at the Simone Circle on the RIT campus and is open to the public. RIT students will design and construct a vehicle that carries at least one > 150 Ib. person on an approximately 3 mile route along the RIT loop. The vehicle must use less total energy per 150 Ib. person than Dr. Destler’s electric bicycle. The winner of the challenge will be announced at the festival’s Opening Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. The winning team may choose a banjo from RIT President Dr. Destler’s collection or $1,000.
Creativity plays an important role in education and RIT understands that. The Imagine RIT festival shows that STEM education is not simply about science, technology, engineering and math — but about self-expression, teamwork, environmentalism, and mindfulness. The Center for Excellence in Math and Science highly recommends that everyone in the community visit the RIT campus on May 1, 2010.
by Allison Wang – Graduate Assistant – Center for Excellence in Math and Science firstname.lastname@example.org
and Caurie Miner Putnam – Program Coordinator – Center for Excellence in Math and Science STEM Mentors Program email@example.com