The best thing about working at a place like RIT is that you frequently get to be a part of things that are just, for lack of a better term, cool.
Nothing I’ve worked on over the course of the past year is cooler than the event that’s taking place this weekend—the 2007 Baja SAE Rochester World Challenge, a student design competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.
What can be better than dirt, mud and cars flipping over?
The past two days have been a blast as I’ve roamed the Gordon Field House and Activities Center and the “pits” a.k.a. parking lots D and U. I felt like I was at a NASCAR race. These students take this event seriously, and so do their sponsors. One of the teams from Venezuela was sponsored by DirecTV. Name a company. Chances are they’re sponsoring one of the team’s here this weekend.
What I love most about the event is that it really symbolizes what the RIT experience is all about. Instead of just learning in the classroom, the students are learning in a real-life environment. They’re doing something with their hands. And in the process, they interact with other students from all over the world—walking away with a better perspective of the different cultures that exist in other parts of the world.
But trust me, this event is about way more than engineering and international relations. It’s a ton of fun. Come on out to Hogback Hill Motocross Track in Palmyra, N.Y. and see for yourself. Admission is free! Click here for directions and spectator information.
See you at the track!
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