RIT to participate in first USA Science and Engineering Festival

Festival to encourage engagement in STEM disciplines

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Rochester Institute of Technology demonstrates its innovation and creativity annually at the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. Now RIT is partnering with the inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival to help instill an innovative spirit in the rest of the country.

RIT is a sponsor of the festival, which concludes this weekend with its grand finale—a two-day expo on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. RIT will have 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, will showcase his “Ask Albert” exhibit.

Originally named “Banter with Bill” in honor of RIT President Bill Destler, Marcello’s exhibit has been reprised and is now modeled after Albert Einstein. Visitors will be able to ask this “intelligent agent” questions about the event. The RIT exhibit will be located on Pennsylvania Avenue South between 13th and 14th Streets.

The USA Science and Engineering Festival, which is designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, kicked off Oct. 10. It has consisted of two weeks of events, including brown bag lunches for students with Nobel Laureates, visits by more than 50 scientists to schools in and around Washington, D.C. as well as science open houses for the public.

This weekend’s expo will consist of 1,500 interactive exhibits and 50 different stage shows, featuring science celebrities, rappers, musicians, magicians, comedians and the Washington Redskins cheerleaders.