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Robotics training under an innovative program starts in Sakhalin
Robotics training under an innovative program starts in Sakhalin. The goal is to create a comprehensive system for training engineering personnel.
Sakhalin State University received the status of a regional resource center for the FIRST Lego League by joining the FIRST LEGO educational program, which operates in 110 countries. The idea of such cooperation belongs to the youth government of the Sakhalin region, among the partners is the regional resource center based on the SakhSU, as well as the regional ministries of digital and technological development and education.
Children from four to 18 years old will be able to study in disciplines such as robotics, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Collectively, these disciplines are called STEAM competencies, which implies the interdisciplinary nature of training and an integrated approach to gaining knowledge.
Andrey Zonov, head of the IT Industry and Innovations team of the Sakhalin Oblast youth government, noted that it is important to create a system for training engineering personnel, starting with kindergarten. The youngest participants in the project will be children from four years old.
According to Dmitry Smekalov, chairman of the youth government of the Sakhalin Region, the creation of the FIRST Lego League resource center is the first project of the “young cabinet of ministers”. The ultimate goal is the comprehensive development of the IT sector on Sakhalin.
Deputy Chairman of the Regional Cabinet of Ministers Vyacheslav Alenkov is sure that not only children, but also adults will have to teach: at the educational seminar on September 18, the latest developments of the IT industry will be presented to school directors, teachers and teachers of additional education. They will be shown digital laboratories, robots, virtual reality systems - they will be able to use all this when teaching children.
Lego represents the world's most advanced platform for teaching robotics and programming, says Oleg Eremin, an expert at the pro-accelerator of the Internet Initiatives Development Fund. Lego solutions are not widely used in Russia due to the high cost of components. The fact that Sakhalin children will be able to work according to Lego programs can hardly be overestimated: they will feel at home in any international cooperation. There are no analogues to Lego solutions.
“I had to work with several startups that were going to create“ something similar, but cheaper, ”however, despite some success, these stories remained local,” Eremin said.
There is already some competition between the programs offered by international structures and domestic development institutions, but this will be beneficial, since it will contribute to the growth of the quality of education in the country. There is no risk of future "overproduction" of programmers or robotics specialists.
“In the near future, these competencies will become key, and a person who does not own them will look strange in any field of activity. First, he will have to descend into the area of unskilled labor, but since it will be rapidly shrinking, such a person will become, simply speaking, nothing, ”sums up Eremin.
As part of the FIRST program, the Sakhalin Region will host regional, federal and international robotics competitions. Children will demonstrate how the robot they have created copes with solving certain problems, and will also present research projects in the field of ecology, energy conservation and other areas.
The first regional competitions will be held early next year; qualifying championships in schools and kindergartens will begin in October. The winners of the regional stage will go to the national championship, which will be held in April 2021 in Nizhny Novgorod. Applications from Sakhalin Oblast teams are already open in four programs: Discover (for children four to six years old), Explore (six to nine years old), Challenge (ten to 16 years old), and Tech Challenge (12 -18 years). Applications are accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org... The application contains the name of the organization, the category of the competition, the number of teams, and the contacts of the responsible persons.