If you are in the Western New York area and have some time available on Saturday an event that will inspire, impress and captivate you and your children is once again being presented. The Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on Saturday, May 3, is an event designed to showcase the innovative and creative talents of RIT students, faculty and staff. It is also geared to help the attendee of any age touch, feel and operate technology and designs that will impact their lives today, tomorrow and even in the distant future. Here is a short summary of last years event titled ‘A Day of Discovery‘ found on one of the events web pages:
Mike McAllister of Spencerport, N.Y., who watched as his daughter, Lilly, enjoyed having her face painted with environmentally safe materials, said his 3-year-old is already showing a keen interest in science.
“She really loves the hands-on nature of science,” McAllister said. “This (GIS) building is amazing. We’re having a great time.”
By the end of the day, an estimated 32,000 people made their way through campus, a relief to organizers who thought the overcast skies and occasional drizzle might keep people at home.
“The greater Rochester community embraces the hard work of RIT students, faculty and staff as they interact directly with the cutting edge of creativity, the intensity of innovation, and the essence of interdisciplinary teamwork that captures the imagination, hearts and minds of all ages,” said Barry Culhane, Imagine RIT chairman. “The outpouring of festival goers, including those who traveled from out of state, demonstrates that our 32,000 visitors have an insatiable thirst for new knowledge and creativity.”
Having gone to the event in the past with my young daughter you should know that the event is very well attended, parking can be a bit tough and the time you plan on staying should be doubled. We often have a tough time deciding where to go and generally only cover half of the event in 3 hours. A nice feature this year on the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival’s website is a listing of events and ways to plan your day based upon what interests you!
For parents and teens thinking about college/university this is a great way to explore one of America’s hidden jem’s. For parents with children far from college it is a great day to spend with them being amazed at the wonders of science and the talents of America’s next generation now at RIT.
Unfortunately, I will miss it this year but I know the rest of my family will enjoy it! Maybe I’ll be able to attend next years that is being held May 7, 2016.