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Imagine RIT: A student’s imagination at work


Sanchez is a third-year mechanical engineering student.

RIT is made up of students and faculty with lots of creativity and knowledge to share. It’s surprising that something like Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival didn’t happen sooner. Imagine RIT was one of the best experiences I had last year. I learned a lot in the weeks leading up to the festival and on the festival day itself. I was lucky to be able to contribute to two presentations with different organizations.

Engineers for a Sustainable World had an exhibit in the WOW! Center that featured information about composting and highlighted the work that we did with the Ritz, helping it set up a compost bin and facilitate the change to biodegradable plates and cups.

It was very satisfying to see how many homeowners that visited our exhibit were interested in setting up a compost pile in their own homes. It is hard to explain how great it felt being able to share what I had learned and help visitors make a contribution to better the world in the process. It’s a feeling that cannot be matched by other activities. Families left the table very excited about what they learned. I saw the same excitement from every other exhibit in the WOW! Center.

The Green Vehicle Team presented its mold for the design of a fuel-efficient car. A large crowd gathered for our presentation. It was great to see so many people interested in the subject of fuel-efficiency and its impact on the world.

My work on both exhibits made me feel that, if nothing more, I sparked people to start thinking about the impact they are having on the environment and how they can potentially influence the next big change to come. I am in awe of all the amazing things that my peers in the RIT community are capable of accomplishing. It was a great example of what we can do when we dedicate our mind to something.

Imagine RIT consisted of diverse people using either side of the brain. Coming up with something to present was easy, all you had to do

was find something you were passionate about. Once you do that, anything could be turned into a great piece of work. It is a fantastic feeling to be able to show it off and maybe get other people excited about it as well. Submitting a proposal for the festival was easy. You simply had to explain what your exhibit was all about. The opportunity to display something I enjoy was well worth all of the time that I put into making our exhibit a success.

Participating in Imagine RIT is a unique experience. I encourage everyone on campus to take advantage of this opportunity to share your passion with the thousands of visitors who attend the festival.

Victor Sanchez

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