YNN and our parent company Time Warner Cable, are working to “Connect a Million Minds,” a nationwide effort to focus students on STEM: science, technology, engineering and math.
The Imagine RIT Innovation and creativity festival coming up Saturday May 5th will do just that. The event features exhibitions, demonstrations and live performances on all the school's latest innovations.
As part of the event, for the first time this year, teams will race their electric vehicles in the E-Dragster Race. The challenge, open to students, faculty and staff, was to build a self contained vehicle that runs solely on an electric chemical battery.
Paul Mezzanini, who works at RIT as a computer systems administrator and is also a graduate student here, has been working on his vehicle for the last five months.
"I love looking at the different ideas people have come up with and how they solved some of the same problems I solved. It's amazing how you can have the same end goal but take completely different paths there,” said Mezzanini.
“There's nothing like the experience of having to build something that has to perform, and these are fairly major projects,” said RIT president Bill Destler. “Even the electric bikes here are projects they have to think through, design them for weight considerations, for cost considerations, for energy consideration then they have to build them and make them work."
The winner will get a $1,000 prize or can chose an antique banjo from Destler's private collection.
The race will begin at 9 a.m. in parking lots G & H before the festival's formal opening.
Time Warner Cable is a sponsor of Imagine RIT.