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The third annual STEAM conference begins Monday in Rome, N.Y. © 2018 Jasmine Millner.

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Audio Transcript: Maier_ STEAM Conference in Rome, N.Y.

By Natalie Maier ROME, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – The third annual STEAM conference kicks off tonight at Rome Free Academy. Students will have the opportunity to listen to experts in fields like astronomy, astrophysics, and artificial intelligence.

“These goals are attainable,” said Jasmine Miller, Public Relations spokesperson for The Project Fibonacci Foundation. “We want to show them that if they want to be engineers, they can do that. They just have to put in the work and they can do that.” The Foundation, which puts on the annual conference, works to encourage and educate high school students to enter STEAM fields.

STEAM – standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math – are the most rapidly growing occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2018, Syracuse ranked in the top 5 cities for median salaries in STEAM fields.

Millner said she hopes students learn to embrace the abundance of local opportunities in STEAM fields.

“We’re trying to bring kids to the area and show them that there are options in Utica, Rome and Syracuse so they don’t have to go to New York City or L.A., or wherever they are trying to leave to,” Millner said.

The theme of this year’s conference is sustainability in architecture. Students will be challenged to come up with possible design ideas for an educational campus. Millner says The Project Fibonacci Foundation hopes to build a center for STEAM education in Rome, and many of the ideas students come up with this week might just end up becoming reality.

Students work to come up with new ideas for sustainability in architecture. © 2018 Jasmine Millner.

The lecture series kicks off Monday night with Dr. Alex Filippenko, one of the world’s most cited astronomers.