Rome to host STEAM Youth Conference for hundreds of students

ROME, NY-- This summer hundreds of students from across the country will be visiting Rome to learn more about STEAM-- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. 

Officials with ANDRO Computational Solutions hosted an information meeting to explain the details of the youth conference called Project Fibonacci, on Thursday night at the Beeches Inn & Conference Center.

The week-long conference will discuss STEAM-related topics with well-known guest speakers, including Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson. The conference is for 350 to 500 students, entering the 2016-17 school year, as juniors in high school to seniors in college. 

Students must be nominated by a teacher or mentor. The conference is by invitation only. Students will stay overnight at the Beeches Inn or other nearby hotels. The cost is $1,500 per student.  

Andrew Drozd, president of ANDRO said students will see first hand all of the things this region has to offer, specifically in the STEAM fields. 

"We want to expose them to the opportunities in the area for jobs in nano-tech in UAS, Unmanned Aerial Systems and other things that are going on in cyber, RF communications," he said. "There is a lot of activity going on here and we're trying to expose it to them, so that they can come here and we part of our community, to live, work, play and go to school here."

The conference is July 31 through Aug. 6.

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