For the last 10 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 28, 2018, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Performance art, nitrogen ice cream and more!
First up this year is the announcement of the winner of the student performance art challenge. Other highlights on the schedule include seeing how ukuleles can be made from a 3D printer. My son wants to eat nitrogen ice cream and my daughter is excited about making paper with recycled content.
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.
Last year we tried “Rip the Page,” where we made our own poetry by drawing on pages of books and cutting or ripping them apart. At first, my kids looked horrified about ripping books, but quickly really got into the idea of taking something and making it their own.
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. And of course, we visited my husband’s astronomy students to learn how telescopes work. From learning about forces using a dunk tank, to using blocks to visualize chemicals there are 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.