AIS donates $5,000 to Project Fibonacci


From left, AIS President Charles K. Green presents a $5,000 check to Andy Drozd of ANDRO Computational Solutions to sponsor the second annual Project Fibonacci STEAM Youth Conference July 30 through Aug. 5. Submitted Photo

ROME, N.Y. >> On Monday, Feb. 27, AIS President Charles K. Green presented a $5,000 check to Andy Drozd, president and chief scientist of ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC, to sponsor the second annual Project Fibonacci STEAM Youth Conference at the Beeches Professional Campus from July 30 through Aug. 5.

AIS was one of the original sponsors for the first Project Fibonacci STEAM Conference held in the summer of 2016.

Students entering 11th grade through their senior year of college will attend the week-long event, which focuses on immersive, hands-on education that goes across the various STEAM disciplines through workshops, field trips to exclusive locations, and keynote addresses from celebrity experts (which included Alan Alda last year).

The 2017 STEAM Speakers Series includes physicist and host of the Discovery Channel’s “Outrageous Acts of Science,” Dr. Deborah Berebichez; musician, engineer and cohost of the History Channel’s “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded,” Christine McKinley; and physicist, futurist, and author of “The Future of the Mind,” Dr. Michio Kaku.

The Project Fibonacci Foundation, Inc., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization focusing on strengthening the workforce and economic development for the region using STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education as a catalyst.

“I see Project Fibonacci dovetailing with other regional workforce education, economic development and start-up accelerator initiatives, like the thINCubator as well as other entrepreneurial thrusts in an effort to revitalize our region and capitalize on its many strengths,” said Drozd, the Project Fibonacci founder. “We must think more broadly rather than laser focused on only what we think we want for the area. We must be open to many, new possibilities for business start-ups, job growth and retention. Diversification is the name of the game. That will help in revitalizing youth talent and new ideas.”

Students must be nominated by a teacher, advisor or mentor to attend the 2017 STEAM Conference and registration is now open. For information, visit or contact Dan Kostelec, STEAM Outreach Coordinator, at 315-334-1163 ext. 126 or

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