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IMAGINE RIT 2015
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IMAGINE RIT 2015
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IMAGINE RIT 2015
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IMAGINE RIT 2015

Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival is a campus-wide event that showcases the innovative and creative spirit of RIT students, faculty and staff.

Since Imagine RIT’s inception in 2008, RIT Photojournalism students have photographed the festival for class assignments and the experience of covering a large event with multiple deadlines throughout the day. As the photojournalism program expanded into photo editing, student photo editors have taken control of the editing and posting of images on this website. Check back throughout the day to see our coverage grow!

OPENING

Imagine RIT - RIT Meets the Jetsons
Video by Maureen MacGregor

Nicole Thibault, left, puts a wristband on her son Sebastian, 8, while her husband Chris puts one on Emerson, 7. The wristbands were provided to all families by Imagine RIT and include the parent's phone numbers if a child were to get lost during the festival on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus May 2, 2015. "Emerson has speech issues which makes communication difficult at times, so it's always good to have a safe guard," said Nicole.
Photo by Sarah Ann Jump
(From left) Denise Stade, Philip Ortolani, and Renee Ortolani look over the map of the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 2, 2015 in Henrietta, N.Y. "This is our first time," said Denise, "We came here with Gates-Chili School District. They had busses taking students and families."
Photo by Joanna Graham
Teachers, students, and families of Gates Chili School District arrive at Rochester Institute of Technology for the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity festival on May 2, 2015. Gates-Chili school district ran busses to carry any teachers, students, and families K-12 to and from the festival.
Photo by Joanna Graham
RIT President, Bill Destler, gives his opening remarks for Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity festival  and announces the winners to the drone competition that was held earlier that morning in the Gene Polessini Center in Henrietta, NY on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus May 2, 2015.
Photo by Michael Owens
RIT President, Bill Destler, presents one of his favorite banjos to the crowd in the Gene Polisseni Center on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus May 2, 2015. The winner of the drone competion had the choice of the banjo or a cash prize.
Photo by Anna Mitchell
RIT Trustee Jay Holmes, 72, waves after festival goers give the trustees a welcome applause at Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival held on May 2, 2015. "I was a senior executive at Bausch and Lomb and have been a trustee for a long time," says Jay, "Things (at Imagine RIT) are just terrific."
Photo by Joanna Graham

EXHIBITS

Katie Hastings of the Rolling Thunder robotics team from Penfield repairs the robot, Thunderstorm, during the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival in the Clark Gymnasium, May 02, 2015 in Henrietta, N.Y.
Photo by Santiago Zurbia Flores Otero
Tory Cain (right), a 4th year biomedical sciences student, competes against Won Kim, a 2nd year mechanical engineering technology student, by doing jumping jacks at the Space Race exhibit.
Photo by Sarah Ann Jump
RIT Improv Club presents The Magic of Improvisation during Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival, Henrietta, N.Y. May 2 2015.
Photo by Santiago Zurbia Flores Otero
(L) Jackie Sacilowski (10) plays around with her cousin (R) Holiday Sacilowski (6) in front of the cameras for the green screen capture in the James E. Booth Saturday, May 2, 2015 Jackie said, "I've been coming to Imagine since I was 4 years old." 
Photo by William Kelly
(L) Anant Mehrotra, 1st year Electrical Engineering student, touches (R) Justin Moniquettee 1st year New Media Design student, in a fencing demonstration Saturday, May 2, 2015. 
Photo by William Kelly
Brothers Colin, 6, and Evan Robey, 9, test the sugar levels of sweeteners at the Environmental Explorations in Your Own Backyard exhibit.
Photo by Sarah Ann Jump
Chelsea Pompa, 18, participates in the High-Speed Balloon Drop in the Unity Quad at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Henrietta, N.Y., May 2nd, 2015. 
Photo by Anna Mitchell
Greg Wren (right) pies  RIT software engineering student, Jake Darlin, during an event held by RIT Club Football at the Imagine RIT Innovation and Creativity Festival, May 2, 2015. 
Photo by Jenn March
Hinz Brothers Brady, 6, and Kaden, 9, participate in a trivia game at the A Day at Hogwarts Booth in the Student Alumni Union building, Henrietta N.Y. May 2, 2015.
Photo by Santiago Zurbia Flores Otero
Subash Rai, 10, plays with the roller coaster video while other children look on at the 8th Annual Imagine RIT Innovation and Creativity Festival at Rochester Institute of Technology, Henrietta, N.Y., May 2, 2015.
Photo by Audrey Horn
Steven Cerqueira,  1st year 3D Digital design student throws Jamal Henerson, 5th year student,  on to the mat during a Judo exercise Saturday, May 2, 2015. 
Photo by William Kelly
Joe Bellanca, 35, pushes 315 lbs of weights in the Strong Man Competition during Imagine R.I.T. at the Rochester Institute of Technology on May 2, 2015. This was Joe's first strong man competition that he had competed in.
Photo by Jaclyn Molloy
Dylan Green, 25, participates in the Strong Man competition at Imagine R.I.T. on May 2, 2015. He placed second overall in the competition.
Photo by Jaclyn Molloy
Emma Mays, 15, draws a model during the figure drawing exhibit at the Imagine RIT Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 2, 2015.
Photo by Kelly Jo Smart
Riki de la Puente a fourth year Visual Media Photography student enters "Relief" an installation of bathroom stalls where people are encouraged to write messages on the walls of the stall at the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival in Henrietta , N.Y. May 2, 2015.
Photo by Kelly Jo Smart
An attendee leaves a drawing at the Anime Club booth in the Student Alumni Union building on the RIT campus,  during Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival in Henrietta N.Y., May 2, 2015.
Photo by Santiago Zurbia Flores Otero
Bill Crouse, an Allegany River Dancer performer, does a ritual dance in the Mobius Quad during the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival in Henrietta, NY on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus, May 2, 2015.
Photo by Michael Owens
Lead singer Bill Crouse, followed by his daughter Courtney Crouse of the Alleghany River Dancers leads the group through the crowd at Imagine R.I.T. on May 2, 2015.
Photo by Jaclyn Molloy
Manal Sunbul, a student at the language center at RIT, tattoos a festival goer with henna, a temporary dye prepared from a flowering plant at the RIT Imagine Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 2, 2015. 
Photo by Joanna Graham
10- year old Mikey (last name withheld) pedals on a stationary bike that is connected to a blender to blend smoothies without electricity. This event was run by the Cycling Club during Imagine R.I.T. on May 2, 2015.
Photo by Jaclyn Molloy
Matthias Freeman (right) of Rochester, N.Y. extends his hand as ice cream is made out of liquid nitrogen at the Imagine RIT Innovation and Creativity Festival, May 2, 2015. 
Photo by Jenn March
AJ Labue, 13, watches a theme park made of Kinex toys at the Theme Park Engineering exhibit in the Gordon Field House.
Photo by Sarah Ann Jump
A dancer performs with the Desert Rhythms Belly Dance Troupe.
Photo by Sarah Ann Jump
Michael Hupf holds his face mold as the exhibitors try to separate it from his skin at the Prosthetics to Special Effects- Face Casting exhibit. "It's light and sound depravation and limits your breathing. At times, it felt like I was being tortured," he said, hopeful that the experience was worth the resulting face cast.
Photo by Sarah Ann Jump
(L) Rachel Penden, 2nd year double major with interpreting and psychology juggles and balances while (R) Jeff Peden, adjunct instructor juggles pins Rachel's way May 2, 2015. 
Photo by William Kelly

WANDERINGS

Henry Catalano, 13, writes with chalk on the wall of the breezeway near the "Oh, the Places You'll Go" exhibit. 
Photo by Sarah Ann Jump
Joe Decker (left) sprays sunscreen on his daughter, Allie Decker, 6 before walking into the Imagine RIT Festival on May 2, 2015.
Photo by Joanna Graham
Ryan Stade (right), 5, and Evelyn Head, 5, run across the road ahead of their parents, (from left) James Head, Stacy Head pushing Charlotte Head, 2, and Denise Stade at the Imagine RIT Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 2, 2015. "This is our first time. These guys are the first generation," said James, pointing to the kids.
Photo by Joanna Graham
Jilan Ho, 2, plays in the water fountain with his father, David Ho, at Global Village during the Imagine RIT Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 2, 2015. "Winter just ended, so we really wanted to get out this weekend and had never been to RIT," said David, "The school is beautiful. It's great."
Photo by Joanna Graham
RIT students Akil George and Brennon Faint perform capoeira, a Brazilian martial art form, at Global Village for festival goers passing by. Global Village is part of RIT's campus that has a variety of commercial shops and dining options that represent regions from around the world. During Imagine RIT, visitors can see the international cultural exhibits in this area.
Photo by Joanna Graham
Ryan Snyder, Katie Snyder, and daughter Rose Snyder, 2, enjoy the weather outside of Gannett Hall in Henrietta, N.Y. during the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus, May 2, 2015.
Photo by Michael Owens
Sahar Maqsoodi, 2, rests near cast face molds at the Prosthetics to Special Effects- Face Casting exhibit.
Photo by Sarah Ann Jump
Gavin (last name withheld), 3, and his grandmother Sylvia rest on the grass during Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival in the RIT campus, Henrietta N.Y. May 2 2015.
Photo by Santiago Zurbia Flores Otero
Starkisha Robinson (left) and Orisia Jones relax by the Global Village fountain at the Imagine RIT Innovation and Creativity Festival, May 2, 2015. 
Photo by Jenn March
Erin Gabreski, right, a 4th year visual media student, rests with her parents in Kodak Quad.
Photo by Sarah Ann Jump
Vihaan Tamil Venhan, 2, cools off in the water fountain in Global Village during the Imagine RIT Festival in Henrietta, NY on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus, May 2, 2015.
Photo by Michael Owens
Alia Itoilel, 3, joins the RIT Capoeira club playing the Guiro and Agogo while the group performs at Global Village during Imagine RIT Saturday, 2 May, 2015. 
Photo by Estefania Blanco
Jiyaliez Rodriquez, 5, and her father Bobbie rest after visiting exhibits in the Gordon Field House.
Photo by Sarah Ann Jump
A sleepy festival goer takes a rest in the hallway during the Imagine RIT Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 2, 2015.
Photo by Kelly Jo Smart

END OF DAY

Two student volunteers roll up the maze that was in front of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology May 2, 2015. Imagine RIT Innovation and Creativity Festival is a campus-wide event that showcases the innovative and creative spirit of RIT students, faculty and staff.
Photo by Anna Mitchell
Members of Rolling Thunder robotics team from Penfield Higschool load their equipment into a trailer as they prepare to leave Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival in Rochester Institute of Technology campus, in Henrietta N.Y. May 2, 2015.
Photo by Santiago Zurbia Flores Otero
Imagine RIT exhibitors clean up a trough of "Oobleck" that was part of the Fluids Are Fun exhibit at the festival. "Oobleck" is a fluid of cornstarch and water that turns to solid upon contact with an external force.
Photo by Joanna Graham
(From left) Ericka Moody (cq), 11, Amara Wilkerson (cq), 11, and Malla-ki Hughes (cq), 10, from Lyons, N.Y. wait for their group's transportation after being at the Imagine RIT festival at Rochester Institute of Technology in Henrietta, N.Y. on May 2, 2015.
Photo by Joanna Graham