Two students from the South Colonie area were the winners in the Project Fibonacci/EPICS in IEEE Smart City of STEAM Challenge, the Rome-based Project Fibonacci Foundation announced.
Twin sisters Cami and Nina Tran will receive $6,500 in project development funds through EPICS in IEEE, and a $4,000 college scholarship from the Shoreline Group.
The Tran sisters’ project involves design and development of a comfortable shoe for lymphedema sufferers.
Prototypes are being developed and are being tested at the sponsoring community service organization, the Rome Hospital Foundation and Rome Memorial
The sisters are students from the South Colonie Central School District and the Albany Medical Center Science and Technology Program.
EPICS in IEEE (Engineering Projects in Community Service) is a philanthropic arm of IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) that aims to connects engineering with community service. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, science. The Project Fibonacci Foundation is a non-profit educational organization focused on using STEAM education as a catalyst for better workforce preparedness and improved economic development in the area. It partnered with EPICS in IEEE to host the STEAM community service challenge.