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2017 Rome Science Fairs

The 60th Annual Rome Science Fair will be held at 8:00am on Saturday, March 11th at the Rome Free Academy. More than sixty students will present their projects in the pursuit of knowledge and competitive prizes. The fair will be open to the public from 11:30 – 1pm and the public awards ceremony will begin at 1pm. “Curiosity” is the theme of the science fair this year.
Prizes are offered in 14 categories and 6 grades at the senior science fair. Companies and organizations kindly sponsoring the fair include: Advanced Technology Group, Alion Science and Technology, AmeriCu Credit Union, Association of Old Crows, Bartell Machinery Systems, Birnie Bus Services, Booz Allen Hamilton, Byrne Dairy, Deployed Resources, Friends of Science, Interactive Engineering Solutions, Kicks for Kids Foundation, Maniac Consulting, Mohawk Glen Imaging, Revere Copper Products, Rome Fire Department Benevolent Association, Rome Rotary Club, Rome Sentinel, Rome Teachers Association, and SUNY Poly Foundation.
The SUNY Poly Foundation will provide a generous $2,000 scholarship to attend SUNY Poly for the grand prize. Booz Allen Hamilton will provide the second and third grand prizes of $400 and $200 respectively. In each grade or category the first place award is $100 and the second place award is $50.
The Science Fair at the New York State School for the Deaf (NYSSD) will be Wednesday, March 8th at noon. The Rome Sentinel is sponsoring 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes of $100, $75, $50 for the senior grades and $75, $50, $25 for the junior grades of the science fair at the NYSSD.
The Junior Science Fair will occur Tuesday, February 28th at 3pm. Judging will take place from 3-4 and the fair will open to families at 4pm. The Kicks for Kids Foundation is sponsoring the Jr. Science Fair prizes. 1st and 2nd place prizes of $50 and $25 will be awarded in each of the Display, Demonstration and Experiment categories, and to the best projects in 5th grade and 6th grade.
The Rome Academy of Sciences was chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 1966 and aims to increase education and knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the Rome City School District area. The Academy presents the science fairs for grades 5 through 12, presents lectures by various speakers at public events throughout the year, awards the Rome Science Hall of Fame every July, and provides scholarships to students based on their academic performance in the maths and sciences. All Academy of Sciences events and projects are run by volunteers and the Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Membership and organization information are available at and on Facebook at “Rome Academy of Sciences”.

Griffiss International Airport and UAS Test Site Overview: January 24th 7:30pm

Russell O. Stark is an aviation professional providing domestic and international aviation experience and innovative leadership for his tenants, customers and staff.

In his presentation, Mr. Stark will cover current and future improvements and operations at the airport as well as long and short-term goals. In addition, past and future Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) testing as well as future infrastructure additions will be provided. His presentation will conclude with a brief discussion on the UAS corridor planned to connect Syracuse and Griffiss. Short videos of some of the UAS tests will be featured during the presentation.

Mr. Stark retired from the U.S. Army with almost 32 years of active duty service. During his time in the military he received qualifications on both helicopters as well as fixed wing airplanes. He attended the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Flight Training Program, numerous Army Aviation qualification courses and has received both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an MBA from City University.  Mr. Stark is a member of the New York Aviation Management Associations committees for Academic Outreach and Training, Chairman of the NYAMA UAS Committee, Affiliate member and Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) Candidate of the American Association of Airport Executives and also serves as an adjunct instructor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

An informal dinner will be held at the SAVOY in Rome on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.  Anyone interested in having dinner with our guest speaker and some Trustees, please contact one of the following on or before Friday, January 20: Fred Haritatos 336-9289 ( or Rich Rabe 336-4205 ( 

2017 Science Fair Registration

The 2017 Science Fair registration page for the senior science fair (7th-12th grades) is available at “Register for the Science Fair“. If you have any questions please use our Contact page.

We are working with the schools to display flyers and inform the students that registration is open. Be sure to register before mid-February as we must allocate display space.

Edit: You do NOT need to register as a team. If you are an individual student simply leave the teammate text fields blank. If you are a team then you and your teammate need to only submit one registration with both names—you do not need to submit two registrations.

Linda L. Martin, M.Ed. Lecture on Dyslexia, November 2nd


At 7:30 PM Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Linda Martin will give a lecture open to the public about Dyslexia at the Rome Historical Society, 200 Church Street, Rome, NY.

Dyslexia is a common learning disability that hinders the development of reading skills.  Reading is not a natural act, it must be learned.  Most dyslexic people have average IQs and many dyslexic people have been recognized with very high IQs.

What can society do to bring out the full potential of a dyslexic youth?  Millions of school children with dyslexia endure frustration and demoralization on a daily basis as they struggle to acquire skills that many of us take for granted.

Linda Martin has a very challenging job, not only helping children, but in teaching and training teachers and other educators how to recognize and guide the dyslexic child.  She is the Director of the Central NY 32nd Degree Masonic Learning Center For Children. Linda’s work, and the goals of the Masonic Learning Center will be covered in this very enlightening lecture.  Linda is a certified trainer of tutors and advanced tutors.  She is also certified as a trainer of trainers.  The council in which she participates is called the International Multisensory Structure Language Education Council.  The Masonic Center is in its 12th year of the program.  They serve children throughout the north-central area of New York State.

An informal dinner will be held at the SAVOY in Rome on Wednesday, November 2nd 2016 at 5:30 p.m. Anyone interested in having dinner with our guest speaker and some Trustees, please contact us on or before Monday, October 31st.

Project Fibonacci – Full STEAM Ahead!

Project Fibonacci Logo
Project Fibonacci Logo

On September 21st Andrew Drozd will present “Project Fibonacci – Full STEAM Ahead!” A dinner meeting will be held at Vescio’s Franklin Hotel starting at 6:00 p.m. Bar and dinner selections paid individually by cash or check, no credit card please. Attendees will order from the restaurant menu. If interested in attending, please contact Fred Haritatos on or before September 14, 2015. This event is open to the public and we hope to see you there.

Mr. Andrew L. Drozd is President and Chief Research Scientist of ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC located in Rome, NY. Established in 1994, ANDRO Computational Solutions is a scientific research company that is leading developments in emerging electromagnetic spectrum technologies for secure wireless communications, command and control systems, including autonomous systems and vehicles. Mr. Drozd received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and Mathematics in 1977 from Syracuse University, and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering specializing in RF Communications and Signal Processing in 1982 also from Syracuse University. Mr. Drozd has authored over 170 technical papers, published reports, journal articles and book chapters. He is the past President of the IEEE Society on Electromagnetic Compatibility and an IEEE Fellow.

Mr. Drozd is passionate about promoting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) throughout our region and especially in our schools. As a result, he initiated Project Fibonacci and a first-of-its-kind conference devoted to STEAM in Rome during 2016. In cooperation with local secondary schools, regional colleges/universities and other Mohawk Valley stakeholders, the conference promotes STEAM through an innovative and highly stimulating format with several world-renowned keynote speakers. During the presentation, Mr. Drozd will discuss the impact of the Fibonacci series, founded and inspired by the 13th Century Italian Western mathematician Leonardo Pisano Bonacci, as a metaphor for the importance of math as an interconnection across virtually all aspects of STEAM. He will also discuss major achievements accomplished during the 2016 Project Fibonacci STEAM conference as well as future plans.

June 9th: 10th Science Hall of Fame Dinner Banquet, Our 50th Annual Banquet

Thursday June 9th 2016  Delta Lake Inn, Rome, NY, Starting at 6 PM.

Banquet Reservations MUST BE MADE  by June 1st. This Dinner Banquet is OPEN to the Public.

Rome Science Hall of Fame Dinner

  • Fresh Garden Salad & Dinner Rolls  ~ Tri-colored Tortellini w/blush sauce
  • Grilled Steak w/peppercorn sauce ~ Herb-encrusted Tenderloin of Pork
  • Wild Rice + Seasonal Vegetable Medley ~ Chief’s Selection of Dessert +  Coffee & Tea Station

$25 per person, Gratuity Included

At 7:30 PM the Program Presentation will begin.

The 2016 Inductees are:

  • Dr. Peter Coccia
  • Dr. Sean Diehl
  • Dr. R. Linderman
  • 12 Seniors from the Class of 2016

The Rome Science Hall of Fame began 2007. It is located on the East Wall, 2nd Floor, at Rome City Hall.

Dr. Paul Phister will be the Master of Ceremonies and will introduce the Inductees as well as some guest speakers for this very special occasion.

For reservations, contact any RAS Trustee or get in touch through

Donations for the Rome Academy of Sciences Scholarship Fund will also be accepted.

Present and Future Fiber Optic Networks in Rome NY

On Thursday May 19th, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Rome Historical Society Auditorium Joe Pasqualetti will present “Present and Future Fiber Optic Networks”.  We hope to see you there.

Joe Pasqualetti graduated from Rome Free Academy in 2010 and with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from SUNY Poly in 2015. He has published numerous applications to the iOS App Store in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. He interned at the AF Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate located on the Griffiss Business & Technology Park during the summer of 2013 and in the Fall of 2015 joined a defense contractor developing software with the Information Directorate.

In 2014, Joe read an article about new fiber internet networks in Vermont utilizing telephone and utility poles for greatly reduced cost. This sparked an idea that the internet infrastructure in Rome is changeable and can be improved. Since then he has become an advocate in upgrading the City of Rome’s communications infrastructure.

Currently, Joe continues to advocate for and research fiber optic technologies and how they can benefit Rome and he is the Chair of the Technology Committee of the Rome Main Street Alliance.

City of Rome Water Pollution Control Future Plans

On Thursday April 7th, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Rome Historical Society Auditorium Rick Kenealy, Chief Operator, will present “City of Rome Water Pollution Control Future Plans”.  We hope to see you there.

Mr. Kenealy graduated from Rome Catholic High School in 1983 and attended Canisius College, majoring in Accounting, until May of 1985.  He took a job at the Rome Water Pollution Control Facility, starting in January of 1986 as a laborer, and attending MVCC at night majoring in Business Administration.  After four years he was promoted to an Operator Trainee.  Receiving his Operator’s License in 1993 he became a 2A Certified Operator.  Becoming a 4A Certified Operator, in 1997, he was promoted to Chief Operator in 2012.

An energy conference in Albany in 2012 sparked his interest in the prospect of upgrading Rome’s anaerobic digester complex.  A presentation was given about The Gloversville/Johnstown Waste Water Treatment Facility and their successful use of the anaerobic digestion of high strength biological waste.  This operation has given them, and can give Rome, substantial net income from “tipping fees” from the haulers of this waste and savings on energy costs by using the methane output to reduce the cost of operating the Rome Water Pollution Control Facility.

An informal dinner will be held at the SAVOY in Rome on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.  Anyone interested in having dinner with our guest speaker and some Trustees, please contact us on or before Tuesday, April 5, 2015.

This meeting is open to the public. We hope you will attend.