LOS ANGELES–Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (AESA) is offering $500 to $50 awards to Armenian middle and high school students who participate in the AESA Science Olympiad competition. This is the sixth year of the competition; last year twenty two middle and high school students were (AESA) Science Olympiad award winners for their outstanding achievemen’s. The Science Olympiad Committee encourages all Armenian middle and high school students, both from public and private schools, to apply for this all Armenian competition that will take place on April 15 at California State University, Northridge. Applications will be accepted through April 1. Participating students will receive advice from experienced scientists and engineers, and will have unique opportunity to network with fellow students and professionals in their fields of interest. Entry applications can be downloaded from www.AESA.org, or by contacting the AESA Science Olympiad Committee at AESA_SCIENCE_OLYMPIAD@YAHOO.COM. This year’s competition will involve students from 6 through grade 12. Projects in all fields will be accepted under Life Sciences and Physical Sciences categories. Expert judges, most of whom have served at Los Angeles County and California State Science fairs will review student projects and provide pointers on how to improve them. The competition winners will receive the following category awards: first, $500; second, $250; third, $100, honorable mention, $50, in addition to a custom made obsidian medallions from Armenia. A teacher’s appreciation award will also be presented for outstanding contribution in mentoring and inspiring students to excel in the field. The competition is one of many activities of the AESA Science Olympiad Committee, which include free science workshops, field trips, and mentorship programs for Armenian students. Last year the committee held a science workshop to prepare Armenian students for 2007 science fairs. More than Eighty students, parents, and educators participated in the workshop in December 2006 and benefited from the advice of highly qualified science fair experts. Students learned about benefits of science fairs and how to find an idea and turn it into a winning project; they also had hands-on experience in starting and finishing a science project. Two LA county Science fairs winners, who had also participated in AESA Science Olympiad last year, presented their projects and provided pointers to workshop participants. They were Sarine Shahmirian from AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School, a 3rd winner at the LA Country Science fair, and Collette Hamamah from Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School, a gold medal winner at the LA Country Science fair. Collette walked the audience step by step through the building of her project, answered questions and gave advice to fellow students, engaging students, parents and educators during the interactive presentation. For any additional information, interested judges, volunteers, sponsors and students may contact Dr. Marina Guevrekian, the committee chair by sending an email to AESA_SCIENCE_OLYMPIAD@YAHOO.COM.