While almost all eyes were focused on the Rio Olympics in August, four other Olympiads were taking place in the science arena around the world. And Israel’s students brought home 14 medals from the International Science Olympiads.

The latest Olympiad competition was a two-day computer science contest in Russia. Israel won silver and bronze medals.

“Time and again Israeli students make international achievements which bring respect and pride for the State of Israel for science competitions. To succeed and win in a field which is also a hobby for the students is the formula for success. In the next year, we will continue in the national program to strengthen the teaching of mathematics so that more school children throughout Israel will be exposed to the wonders of science,” said Education Minister Naftali Bennett.

The International Science Olympiads are worldwide annual competitions in different areas of science. Four to six of the best high school students from each participating country take part in the contests.

In the past month, Israeli students have won the two medals in computer science, six medals in math, four in physics, and two in chemistry.