2022 Press Release
Armenian Engineers and Scientist of America
Science Olympiad Committee
The 21st AESA Science Olympiad Drew Armenian Students from the Republic of Armenia, Artsakh, and the United States of America
Los Angeles, CA, April 8,2022 – 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.
6 schools in USA, 14 schools in Armenia, and 1 school in Artsakh had student representatives this year.
Students’ projects were evaluated based on creativity, scientific approach, comprehension, and presentation, by a group of 22 experienced judges: 20 judges 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. The AESA Science Olympiad follows the California State Science Fair rules and regulations.
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.’
In addition to students’ awards, the SOC presented additional three appreciation awards:
School of the Year Award, based on total number of participating projects in each category and level.
Dr. Armen Sarafian Teacher Appreciation Award, for highest number of winning students, total number of participating projects in each category and level, and the point value of each award.
Helen Dabaghian Judge Award, for dedication and long service as a judge for AESA Science Olympiad and other Science Fairs for many years.
A complete list of Category Award winners, recipients of Special and Recognition awards, and further information can be viewed at Science Olympiad – AESA
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!
Established in 1983 in Glendale, California, AESA is a non-partisan and non-sectarian philanthropic organization focused primarily on addressing the professional, technical, and scientific needs of fellow Armenian engineers, scientists, industrialists, and architects throughout the world. For more information,
visit www.aesa.org, call: (818) 547-3372, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The Science Olympiad committee (SOC) was established in February 2002 with the ultimate goal to increase interest in sciences and engineering among young students, foster their knowledge beyond the confines of a classroom, and provide recognition of outstanding achievements by students and teachers.
The committee organizes an annual Science Olympiad competition among students from Armenian and public schools in the Los Angeles area. The Olympiad provides interscholastic academic competition in the fields of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering and Robotics for two grade levels, Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12).
Students’ projects are evaluated based on creativity, scientific approach, comprehension, and presentation. The Science Olympiad follows the California State Science Fair rules and regulations. The competition is judged by engineering professionals and scientists, many of whom hold advanced degrees in their fields. Some of the judges also serve at the Los Angeles County and California State science fairs. Participating students submit their projects and posters and are visited by a number of judges throughout the competition day. During the evaluation and interview process, the judges provide constructive feedback to all students for future improvements of their projects and presentations.
One of the purposes of the Science Olympiad is to prepare students for the county and state competitions as well as nurture their passion for engineering and sciences. Custom-made obsidian medals from Armenia are given to winners and participants of the Science Olympiad competition, in addition:
|Level of winner||Senior (9-12)||Junior (6-8)|
SOC also offers a mentoring program. Students are matched with experts in the area of their interest. The mentors consult the students to better guide them with their projects throughout the preparation of their science projects.
An award in Excellence in Science consisting of $300 is given to School of the Year selected for their contributions to advancement of science education.
The school will receive this amount through the purchase of scientific equipment for its science laboratories.
A personal financial award in the amount of $300 is given to the teacher who receives the most points based on the following scoring criteria:
|1 point for each submitted project (not the number of participating students)|
|4 points for 1st place winner|
|3 points for 2nd place winner|
|2 points for 3rd place winner|
|1 point for Honorable mention|
The monetary Awards are supported by a special AESA fund, Science Olympiad Endowment fund.
Special Award in Engineering and Technology (2021)
2 classes for the duration of 5 weeks will be awarded to students in Los Angeles: one for Junior level and one for Senior level
- Innovative use of technology (Software and hardware)
- Logical approach
- Real life application or utility
- Out of the box thinking