'The Rose Show' Returns to Rose-Hulman

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At its peak in the 1930s, The Rose Show attracted more than 6,700 attendees. (photo courtesy Rose-Hulman) At its peak in the 1930s, The Rose Show attracted more than 6,700 attendees. (photo courtesy Rose-Hulman)

After a nearly 20-year hiatus, a popular event is returning Wednesday to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The Rose Show is a showcase of student projects that demonstrate ingenuity, creativity and problem solving skills.

Rose-Hulman says more than 80 projects will be on display, most of which were completed for external clients. Industry representatives will be on hand to judge the projects and pitch possible future project ideas. Some of this year's projects include:

  • An unmanned aviation emergency response vehicle
  • A spring-loaded rod and reel device that allows disabled veterans to cast and enjoy fishing
  • An aging simulation biomedical engineering device
  • A device that allows for easy filling and closing of sandbags for agricultural and disaster relief
  • A phototherapy device that helps newborn babies experiencing jaundice
  • A surgical knot tying training board
  • A “smart desk” that adjusts desk height for different users and tracks employee space utilization
  • A wheelchair that easily adjusts to growing children
  • A multi-pipe waste disposal system to help alleviate infections in hospital sinks
  • A custom-made bicycle that allows a young girl with Cerebral Palsy to enjoy rides with family and friends

The event, which will take place in the Sports and Recreation Center's fieldhouse area, runs from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is free to the public. 

Rose-Hulman describes The Rose Show as the school's version of a World's Fair. The first show was held in 1927 and was attended by nearly 3,500 people. More than 6,700 people attended the show at its peak in 1932, and the show continued each year until it ended in 2001.

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