Scale Model of Solar System Highlights E3 Fair at RIT, May 10




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Engineering, exploration and experimentation will again be the focus of the 12th annual E3 Engineering and Technology Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., this Friday, May 10, at Rochester Institute of Technology.

The fair features two dozen interactive science projects exhibited by 300 Rochester-area and New York state middle-school students.

New this year will be a scale model of the solar system displayed on the RIT campus and surrounding communities. Included will be a 50-foot diameter inflatable structure representing the sun, and scale models of Earth, Mercury and Venus at RIT as follows:

Sun: Lyon Crescent on axis with Lowenthal Drive, near NTID

Earth: Intersection of Andrews and Institute drives, adjacent to University Commons

Mercury: Lawn southeast of parking lot G

Venus: RIT Observatory on John Street across from Highpower Road

Nine area schools situated corresponding distances from RIT will display the outer planets, Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Additional information is available at www.e3fair.org/Planets.html.

The fair will also feature "tractor pull" and "robo-hockey" competitions. All events, free and open to the public, are in RITís Frank Ritter Ice Arena.

The E3 Engineering and Technology Fair is sponsored by the Rochester Engineering Society.