Making a difference for Armenians through education is one of our passions at FAR. Our latest initiative, the STEM for Rural Armenia Project, raises greater awareness about STEM education for Armenia’s rural students through improved learning environments for science and mathematics. We implement these initiatives in Armenia’s border regions of Berd, Noyemberyan, and Ijevan in Tavush Province.
Recently, our ANSEF scholars met with high schoolers in Berd City to talk more about their work in research and their motivations to work in the sciences. More than 100 schoolchildren attended the two-day meetings.
“These schoolchildren are about to choose their academic path and it’s important to talk to them now. We discussed our paths in science, the challenges we have gone through, as well as our achievements,” said ANSEF scholar Hripsime Mkrtchyan. “I must say that I saw a sparkle in their eyes, an interest in STEM subjects. Many of them came to me afterward to ask more."
FAR Education and Science Program Director Eduard Karapetyan said that such meetings were aimed to help students at high schools to better understand their prospects in the sciences. “As part of this project, we are planning to hold STEM meetings, seminars, and camps, as well as help them with tuition once they enter a STEM-oriented faculty at the University.”
The Stem for Rural Armenia project was made possible by the generous support of Ara Cherchian from Wisconsin.