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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.