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Baja begins: RIT hosts 89 colleges from around the world Events

As part of my beat, I’ve been involved with the RIT Baja team as it prepared for the 2010 Rochester World Challenge starting today at RIT today (and continuing all weekend).

Since the start of the academic year, the team has known it would host one of the biggest regional events for SAE Baja. After months of prep and planning, more than 1,000 engineering and engineering tech students, supporters, families, friends and fans have arrived on campus.

And, oh by the way—the cars are pretty awesome, too!

Teams lined up vehicles at 7 this morning and the inspections that launch the event have begun.

The technology incorporated into the cars is as interesting as the technology being used to record all parts of the event—from Twitter to Facebook, from websites and blog posts…the event is news all day, and the news comes to you by way of ‘official’ news people like UNS to the teams representatives…

But, nothing beats being here. Drop by the RIT Field House, check out the cars, visit with teams from as far away as South Korea and as close as MCC, the U of R and of course the Tigers!

Here’s a quick look at the start of the competition.

Teams tweaked and prepped all gear and equipment then were inspected by pros from Polaris, Briggs & Stratton. Even the on-board fire extinguisher gets checked.


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