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In celebration of 100 years, we're sharing stories about the people who have shaped SAIT throughout our first century.
 What’s your #SAITstory? If you have a special memory or connection to SAIT, we want to hear about it. Tell us your story.
30 May
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#SAITstory: “The Boy Scouts wanted to break the world record for most amount of popcorn popped at the Calgary Zoo in 2007. They came to SAIT and asked if any department would like to take it on ... It intrigued me because I’ve always liked a challenge. Tight timelines and high stress ― it’s kind of an adrenaline rush for me.

We built three industry-sized popcorn poppers and a conveyor and we loaded the popcorn into a large granary at the zoo.  It could pop a five-gallon garbage can full of popcorn in a minute-and-a-half, I think. We didn’t break the record, but we were close.  Well, we weren’t that close, but we had a lot of fun doing it.

I’ve been involved in a few different projects around SAIT and I really enjoy doing them. Helping to build the time capsule was an opportunity. It took me away from the office, I got to get dirty and I got to go build something. It didn’t really matter what it was or the legacy it leaves behind – that’s all secondary to me – it was the chance to do something different. 

It was really the people part I enjoyed most – that will be the memory for me.”

George Rhodes, Academic Chair, School of Manufacturing and Automation | SAIT Centennial Time Capsule Committee | Welding ‘82

Editor’s note: George is part of the very skilled and talented team of SAIT staff and faculty that planned and built our centennial time capsule. The time capsule will be placed in the ground on June 5 at 11 am in front of Heritage Hall. We will also reveal a new piece of art created by alumnus Michael Perks at 1:30 pm


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