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9 November 2017

Talented schoolchildren learnt at the Moscow Poly how to enter the university with their projects

From November 1 to 4 an informal guided tour to the Moscow Poly was arranged for talented senior schoolchildren motivated for an engineering career. An engineering hackathon was held for participants and finalists of the project competitions “Big challenges”, of the NTI Olympiad and of All-Russia forum “Future intellectual leaders of Russia”. They were also shown university laboratories, where the graduates work.


Participants of the sightseeing and entertainment program were talented schoolchildren from various regions of Russia from Abakan to Maikop. The teachers and employees of the Moscow Poly told them why it is possible and necessary to allow students to use expensive professional equipment, how to compete with holders of hundred-points EGE certificates for the budget places and not to get to a hospital due to overwork, and, as well, how to find a team for a future startup at a school Olympiad and be admitted to the university by means of one’s own project.

“We want senior schoolchildren to be motivated to enter our university for implementation of their engineering projects”, - says Dean of the Engineering School (Faculty) Andrey Andryushkov. – “Applicants, that come to us with their ideas or even with a ready team, will get support for their startup. The university infrastructure, the pool of partner companies, competent teachers, oriented at development of the practical component of the educational process, - all that allows the Moscow Poly to render support to individual and team achievements of young engineers”.

Many participants of the guided tour are acquainted with the Moscow Poly mainly within the profile “Autonomous transportation systems” (ATS) of the NTI Olympiad, which the university supervises already for the third year. That is why children were shown the laboratories of the transport faculty and the Center for Engineering Development. At the Department “Design” the talented schoolchildren could see how the appearance of a future car is shaped starting from a sketch on paper or a tablet and up to a plasticine model and a product prototype. The future engineers saw the projects of graduates – concept cars for the leading Russian and foreign brands, including models of vehicles of the future, implemented during the project activity and internships.

But the brightest event was the visit to laboratories “Formula Student” and “SmartMoto”, where the students are engaged in development and manufacturing of electric motorcycles and racing cars according to the rules of international competitions. “It is possible to spend a thousand hours explaining why ignition coils should be placed in this section of the car, and not in another one. But understanding of what is safe and what is not, comes with experience. That is why it is important to make an engineering project already at the first course of studies, then increasing complexity of the task every year. Because it is not the diploma that makes an engineer of a young specialist, but a practical knowledge in programming and designing”, - considers the Dean of the transport faculty Pablo Iturralde. Team members produce most of parts on their own. Not because the rules demand it, but because it is possible to achieve a better result when components are manufactured for specific tasks. The laboratories produce a new prototype every year. Senior students work there, and they can teach others something, at the same time, remembering that recently learnt the basics themselves.

Why it is already too late to start preparation to EGE in 11th class, how to select a proper university and competently build one’s educational trajectory, what is worth paying attention at and what kind of questions to ask in talks with the university representatives? About all this, and, as well, about setting goals and time-management, the talented schoolchildren heard from a methodologist of the ATS profile of NTI Olympiad Olga Shabalina, who was admitted to the RU HSE twice and during 6 years passed 4 exam sessions a year. She said that sometimes participation of the profile or university Olympiads is a sure chance to get on a budget place. In that case one has to proceed from his requirements and life goals and choose a university, focusing on preparation to specific competitions. Since the dates of the EGE and tests in various universities often coincide, it is necessary to set priorities in time, thus avoiding a situation, when one has to get ready to the first session in a hospital with a diagnosis “mental exhaustion”.

Children could rest from thinking about admission owing to an engineering hackathon “Gestures recognition, gestural control”, developed by a Moscow Poly FabLab resident Vlad Shirokov. Just within a couple of hours children developed the gloves with different functions starting from displaying gestures on the computer screen and up to reproduction of sounds on a virtual piano. The Dean of the Moscow Poly IT faculty Andrey Filippovich told the children how such skills help to develop devices for man-machine systems and about the global challenges of the information technology industry.

The next day of the guided tour started with a visit to the laboratory of digital production. Children were shown operating equipment for additive technologies and reverse-engineering, they heard what is “Science-Art”. Director of the Moscow Poly Center for Technological Support of Education (CTSE) Ilia Volnov told the schoolchildren about projects on conjunction of art and technologies and explained why the future is in interdisciplinary directions of science. In addition, children visited the interdepartmental laboratory with CNC complexes, equipped with industrial robots. Modern equipment is used both by university employees for research work and by students for their studies. Besides the metal cutting machinery, the students work on a spindle erosion, wire-cutting EDM, using a control and measuring machine with a granite table and a contact measuring sensor with a precision of up to 1µm. Such machine-tools are widely used at manufacturing enterprises of the military-industrial complex of Russia. During the lesson children cut out the counter of the detail by means of electric erosion and burn out complex surfaces with an electrode, studying prospective methods of processing.

After the internal university program children went to the technopark “Kalibr”, where a polygon is located for testing and “teaching” drones of the technopark residents and students of the Moscow Poly, and, as well, the assembly shop and a design bureau of the private company “Matreshka”. This company promises to send to Moscow streets the first self-driven bus already next year. Many “Matreshka” employees some time ago graduated from the Moscow Automotive-building Institute – the famous MAMI, on the basis of which the Moscow Poly was established.


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