Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival

For many years, my family has not missed the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. It is a great FREE, community event. You can check it out on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10 am to 5 pm.

Performance art, Herbology, and more!

First up this year is the announcement of the winner of the student performance art challenge. Other highlights on the schedule include “A Day at Hogwarts“: an immersion in Herbology, Potions and other classes from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. We’re also excited to learn more about new uses for drones and explore an interactive exhibit about refugees in the United States.

There are favorite exhibits every year, such as climbing through oobleck, bicycle-powered smoothies, and learning about wetland wildlife. But we always stumble upon something surprising.

Photo Credit: RIT

Last year we spent most of our time in the science building, since it was raining. We tried virtual reality devices, saw a band perform, and visited the green house. We visited my husband’s students who organized a Jeopardy-style trivia game about astronomy.

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Another year at the festival, we learned how to “upcycle” by taking an empty plastic bottle and turning it into a planter. We also sat in a wheelchair and navigated a typical room to see how hard it is to accomplish many everyday tasks this way and how new innovations can help. There are also lots of hands-on math and science experiments to explore that never disappoint.

For our family, Imagine RIT is the first spring festival in Rochester and it is always great to see so many people enjoying the outdoors. About 30,000 people come to the festival each year, but it never feels crowded and we have always been able to park and move about easily.

Have you visited Imagine RIT? Tell us about your favorite exhibit in the comments section below.

Erika Gruszewski

3 thoughts on “Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival

  1. Tim Murray says:

    My family LOVES Imagine RIT!! It’s amazing and inspiring! You never know what you’ll see when you turn a corner: robots, printing presses, video games, wacky inventions. It’s totally hands on. My kids always come home and immediately want to tinker, so hide your screwdrivers!

    • Erika Gruszewski says:

      Hi Jack. You are correct. We first ran this story a few years ago. If it helps, our author did recently update the article.

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