Six members of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Theme Park Enthusiasts group made a clean sweep in Orlando, Fla., by winning every award in a national competition to design amusement park rides.
The Ryerson Invitational Thrill Design Competition, hosted by Universal Creative, invited teams from four colleges to create theme park rides or make modifications to existing rides. The teams had three challenges to finish. One task had them retrofitting a ferris wheel to keep children in open gondolas, one had them design a rollercoaster that can’t go faster than 40 mph, and one task had them redesign the teacups ride to make it more appealing to teenagers.
Teams were judged for their innovativeness, presentation skills and effectiveness.
There were awards for each challenge and an overall award; the RIT team won all four. They also walked away with offers of internships by Universal Creative, the research and development group responsible for designing rides and attractions for Universal Parks & Resorts theme parks. More.