International and national competitions: teenagers trained at Moscow technology parks show their achievements

December 17, 2020

Last Autumn schoolchildren trained at Moscow children’s technology parks won major international and national contests and championships in scientific and technical creativity. Moscow has 18 such parks. Annually, they provide training for over 150,000 schoolchildren, as reported by Deputy Mayor Natalya Sergunina.

We are happy with such the high level of competence shown by these youngsters: each year they emerge as winners and laureates of not only major Russian, but also international competitions,” said Natalia Sergunina.

Anna Levchenko, a trainee of Altair children’s technology park, operating under MIREA - Russian Technological University, became one of the four winners at the international online All-Russian Forum of Scientific Youth Step into the Future in the Individual All-Around Competition category. She was awarded for the best project in life sciences, which concerned the development of genetic methods for treating inherited and acquired diseases.

School pupils and first-year university students from Russia, China, Indonesia, Italy, Spain and Portugal competed in the online forum finals. Anna joined the Russian national team this May thanks to winning the remote round of the young scientists’ national contest as part of the All-Russian Forum of Scientific Youth Step into the Future. The Russian national team was comprised of three members who were selected out of 60 of the best authors of exhibition works.

Another graduate of Altair children’s technology park, Fyodor Sedov from School No. 1329, won another international contest involving research and engineering design works, Scientists of the Future. His project Wavenote — smart notes app for musicians, which was worked out during his training at the SAMSUNG IT School, placed first in the Programming category. The application makes it possible to save musical notation, play music and opens up other possibilities for using other musical programs. Fyodor’s project will come in handy both for professional musicians and those who just started their studies in musical notation.

Children’s technology parks in Moscow operate with the support of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development. 

At competitions, trainees of children’s technology parks present their projects in a variety of areas, including reverse engineering, prototyping, refrigeration equipment and air-conditioning systems, video production and even space systems engineering,” said Alexei Fursin, Head of the Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development Department. 

Photo by Yulia Ivanko,

Maria Shilova, an 11th grade student from School No. 1411, who had training at the children’s technology park of equal opportunities at the Russian State Social University, has shown a high level of knowledge and skills. She won first place in the Additive Manufacturing category among Russian participants and second place in the overall ranking at the BRICS Future Skills Challenge international professional skills championship, which had over 1,000 participants, experts, delegates and observers from Russia, India, Brazil, China and South Africa.

In addition, Maria Shilova won the championship of vocational skills based on WorldSkills standards as well as the gold medal in the Additive Manufacturing category in the main age bracket. In 2019 she performed as a junior and won the top award too.

Apart from Maria, three more trainees from Moscow’s technology parks won the 8th national championship WorldSkills Russia, which was held both in the online and in-person format and had over 3,000 participants. The gold medal for the Moscow team was collected by Dmitry Frolov, a student of the Moscow Architectural and Urban Development College, who has been undergoing training at the children’s technology park On Zorge Street for a number of years. He became a champion in the CAD Design Engineering in the 14-16 age category.

In addition, two more medals were won for the Moscow team by trainees of the Engineerium children’s technology park under Bauman Moscow State Technical University. Alexander Lazarev, a student at Bauman Engineering School No.1580, received the gold medal and Matvey Fedin, a student at the University, got the silver.

Children’s technology parks were established for occupational guidance for children and teenagers aged 7 to 18. They are free to choose an area of interest out of many options, such as IT, robotic engineering, microelectronics, 3D-modelling, innovative materials, car and aircraft design, natural sciences and many other areas. Training is provided as part of intensive courses and project work as well as in the form of lectures, master classes, learning games and quests. A special online platform that unites capacities of all children’s technological parks in Moscow was established in November.


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