LOS ANGHELES – The 21st AESA Science Olympiad began on Saturday, March 26th and concluded on Sunday, March 27th, with Armenian students from the United States of America, the Republic of Armenia, and Artsakh, participating virtually via Zoom.
Established in 2002, the AESA Science Olympiad Committee (SOC) has been organizing annual Science Olympiad competitions which promote interest in engineering and sciences among young Armenian students, foster their knowledge beyond the confines of a classroom, and provide recognition of outstanding achievements by students and teachers.
This year’s Olympiad drew 87 students: 13 students from the United States, 71 from Armenia, and 3 from Artsakh. They presented 49 research or experiment-based projects in the fields of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Social Sciences, in junior and senior grade levels, Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12). Students had the choice to work individually or in groups of 2-3. The AESA Science Olympiad follows the California State Science Fair rules and regulations.
6 schools in USA, 140 schools in Armenia, and 1 school in Artsakh had student representatives this year:
AESA Stem Academy
Alfred & Marguerite Hovsepian School
Armenian Sisters Academy
Crescenta Valley High School
Eleanor J. Toll Middle School
Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School
Republic of Armenia
Berkashat Secondary School, SNCO, Region Armavir
COAF Smart Center, Region Lori
Educational-Sport Complex Of “Gazprom Armenia”, Yerevan
Gyumri High School No. 1, Region Shirak
Gyumri Secondary School No. 23, SNCO, Region Gyumri
Heratsi – YSMU “Heratsi” high school, Yerevan
Hrazdan High School N1 after Kh.Abovyan SNCO, Region Kotayk
Jrahovit Basic School – Region Ararat
“Shirakatsy Lyceum” International Scientific-Educational Complex, Yerevan
Vanadzor Basic School Number 8 Named After A.Matevosyan, SNCO, Region Lori
Vanadzor Basic School No. 21, Region Lori
Vanashen Secondary School, Region Ararat
Yerevan Basic School No. 152, Yerevan
Yerevan State Sport College of Olympic Reserve, SNCO and KensaHab, Yerevan
Republic of Artsakh
Norshen Secondary School, Region Martuni
Students’ projects were evaluated based on creativity, scientific approach, comprehension, and presentation, by a group of 22 experienced judges: 20 from the United States and 2 from Armenia. The competition was judged by engineering professionals and scientists, many of whom held advanced degrees in their fields. Some of the judges had also served at the Los Angeles County and California State Science Fairs.
Participating students had submitted their projects online. The evaluation process started at prescheduled timeslots, when students virtually met with a selected panel of judges via Zoom, presented their projects and answered judges’ questions. During the evaluation and interview process, the judges provided constructive feedback to all students for future improvements of their projects and presentations.
Sona Juharyan, AESA SOC Chair stated, ‘On behalf of the Science Olympiad Committee, we congratulate all the students for their hard work, dedication, and quality projects. We are deeply grateful and sincerely appreciate the teachers, parents, judges, mentors, sponsors, donors, volunteers, committee members, and all other supporters who made the 21st AESA Science Olympiad a successful and memorable event.’
Aram Ter-Martirosyan, AESA President stated, ‘AESA is proud to have hosted the 21st Annual Science Olympiad. We had students participate from Armenia and Artsakh these past three years and are working towards involving Armenian students from all over the world in upcoming years. AESA is committed to STEM education for all young Armenians.’
A complete list of Category Award winners, recipients of Special and Recognition awards, and further information can be viewed at Science Olympiad – AESA
In addition to students’ awards, the SOC presented additional three appreciation awards:
– School of the Year Award: YSMU “Heratsi” high school, Yerevan, Armenia, total number of participating projects in each category and level.
- Dr. Armen Sarafian Teacher Appreciation Award: Ms. Lida Gevorkian, from Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School, Glendale, CA, for the highest number of winning students, the total number of participating projects in each category and level, and the point value of each award.
Helen Dabaghian Judge Award: Mr. Avag Avagyan, has been dedicated and served as a judge for AESA Science Olympiad and other Science Fairs for many years.
AESA Science Olympiad Committee, which is now part of AESA STEM Academy, encourages all Armenian students from 6th through 12th grades in public and private schools to consider participating in many of the programs offered in Robotics, Electronics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Annual Science Olympiad. We also invite more STEM professionals to join our team and help make a positive difference for the Armenian youth and community by serving as a volunteer, judge, sponsor, or SOC member. We look forward to seeing you next year!
“– School of the Year Award: YSMU “Heratsi” high school, Yerevan, Armenia, total number of participating projects in each category and level” (No 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. Only two Honorable Mention awards, in category of Senior Life Sciences).
While “Shirakatsy Lyceum” International Scientific-Educational Complex, Yerevan has one 1st place, two 2nd places, one 3rd place and two Honorable Mention awards in two different categories. Question – Why it was not awarded as a School of the Year?
Yekaterina Aleksanyan PhD, CLS
Coordinator of Lab Works
Department of Science
“Shirakatsy Lyceum” International Scientific-Educational Complex