Scholars from across the state will arrive at the 2019 Project Fibonacci STEAM Leadership conference in Rome, which runs from Sunday, July 28 through Aug. 3 at the Beeches Conference Center on Turin Road.
Their week culminates with a STEAM Conference Multi-Media Fair which the public is invited to attend on Saturday, Aug.3 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Scholars will spend the week working in groups to resolve the task of “How Will We Live on Mars” and will present their solutions to family, the public and a panel of judges. Attendees may cast their ballot for the best solution in the People’s Choice Award.
Throughout the week scholars will hear from multiple well-known aerospace engineers, mathematicians, biologists, astronomers, research scientists, a geomorphologist and a space architect. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these keynote presentations. Visit eventbrite.com for advance tickets or just come to each event and purchase your ticket.
“The design of the STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) Conference is to improve the effort in preparing our young people for the world by teaching them that they don’t just have to be one thing – that they can be many things: a scientist, an author, an artist, a musician, a physicist, a mathematician. The old binary way of looking at the world – ‘This or that’ – no longer applies. You can be, ‘This and that,’” said Andy Drozd, president of ANDRO Computational Solutions. “Through this journey of self-discovery, the scholars will learn to deal more effectively with the challenges of our ever-increasingly complex and diverse world.”
Drozd encouraged the scholars to “…pursue an academic and a career path that is rewarding, and one that will keep you more rooted to the greater Mohawk Valley, Central and Upstate New York region,” he said. “We all hope that you will be enterprising and create new businesses and additional opportunities for the generation that follows you for the growth, prosperity, and good will of the region…for all of us.”