Festival to encourage engagement in STEM disciplines
Rochester Institute of Technology demonstrates its innovation and creativity annually at the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. Now RIT has partnered with the inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival to help instill an innovative spirit in the rest of the country.
RIT was a sponsor of the festival, which concluded Oct. 23-24 with its grand finale—a two-day expo on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. RIT had an exhibit at the event. Mark Marcello, a doctoral student in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences and an RIT web designer, showcased his “Ask Albert” exhibit.
Originally named “Banter with Bill” in honor of RIT President Bill Destler, Marcello’s exhibit was reprised and is now modeled after Albert Einstein. Visitors were able to ask this “intelligent agent” questions about the event. The RIT exhibit was located on Pennsylvania Avenue South between 13th and 14th Streets. You can learn more about “Ask Albert” at www.rit.edu/askalbert.
The USA Science and Engineering Festival, which is designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, kicked off Oct. 10. It consisted of two weeks of events, including brown bag lunches for students with Nobel Laureates, visits by more than 50 scientists to Washington, D.C. area schools and science open houses for the public.
The expo consisted of 1,500 interactive exhibits and fifty different stage shows, featuring science celebrities, rappers, musicians, magicians, comedians and the Washington Redskins cheerleaders.
The Imagine RIT Festival also reaches out to students to encourage participation in, the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines—but the creative arts, as well.