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28 March 2018

The finalists of the city contest of research and project works presented their projects

March 24 the finals of the engineering direction in the Moscow City contest of research and project works (MCC) was held at the Moscow Poly. Over 150 senior schoolchildren presented their projects at seven sections – from space technologies to Science-Art. The winners will get from 8 to 10 scores for admission to the Moscow Polytechnic University and will take part in qualifying selection for the summer science-and-technology shift “Big Challenges” at the Educational Center “Sirius”.


During the academic year pupils of engineering classes developed the manufactures, wrote programs and compiled technical documentation for the projects. The teams got to the finals if they had won at the previous stage and passed the online selection at the site of the MCC. The presentations were focused on the following directions: human environment, space technologies, transport and logistic systems, innovations in industry, IT, modern energy and Science-Art. The works were evaluated by representatives of education, industry and practical engineering.



“Children from the section “Transport and logistic systems” pleased us with a clear-cut and refined implementation of prototypes. At the same time, the 8th-grade schoolchildren are still lacking practical skills to make products, ready for introduction to the markets”, - says the methodologist of the Engineering School (faculty) Olga Shabalina. – “For example, participants from MADK named after A. A. Nikolayev presented an operating model of a sport buggy but failed to articulate to which technical requirements and competition formats the car was suited. While a product without a designation cannot be an engineering product. The 11th-grade pupils from the section “IT”, in turn, are already making their own applications, understand the market and know how to present themselves to a customer in a proper way”.


There were projects presented as well, that can be used in the educational process. For example, one of participants presented an algorithmic logic device, demonstrating vividly the Boolean algebra. The project, simple to implement, can make a math lesson much more interesting and efficient. According to an expert of the contest, Senior Teacher of the Moscow Poly Center for Project Activities Ilia Malafeyev, children act as executors of projects and, in addition, generate new ideas. Due to enthusiasm of participants there is an atmosphere of interest and engineering courage.


“When taking part in the contest the children realize that they should think about a product consumer”, - emphasizes an expert of the contest, an employee of the “Engineering School” Irina Kuzmina. – “This time in the section “Energy” the works prevailed, connected with alternative energy sources, sun- and wind-power generators. Owing to appearance of well-equipped engineering classrooms the participants started to use simulation and 3D printing more frequently compared to the previous year”.

The contest finalists – the authors of the best scientific-and-technical projects in June will go to a preparatory shift in the Moscow suburbs, and in July will be sent to the center for gifted children “Sirius” (Sochi).

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The Moscow Polytechnic University has been a co-organizer of the city contest of the project research works by schoolchildren since 2017. The contest is aimed at defining gifted children by means of the project and research activity, it is held in each Russian region and consists of three stages: the school level, the interregional one and the city level. The event is included in the system of training for talented children basing on the “Strategy for the science-and-technology development of the country” and interests of the National Technology Initiative (NTI).


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