Schoolchildren in grades 5-7 are invited to the National Technology Olympiad Junior for the fourth time


NTO Junior is part of the National Technological Olympiad, which is held under the coordination of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, the NTO project office is deployed on the basis of the National Research University Higher School of Economics with methodological support of the NTI Circle Movement together with ANO NTI Platform, ANO Rossiya — a country of opportunities” and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives. In addition to NTO Junior, also open registration participants at the NTO for grades 8-11 and the student track of the NTO.

In 2022, juniors of the Olympiad are waiting for as many as seven areas of competition – areas: virtual reality and virtual assistants, computer games and creative programming, space, research robots and robots in production. Schoolchildren who show the best results in the remote qualifying stage will be invited to the finals, which will be held in November 2022 at regional venues throughout Russia.

“The main task of NTO Junior is to involve children aged 10-13 in engineering creativity, show them the variety of modern technological areas and offer practical tasks in these areas at an accessible level. In addition, we consider it important to show schoolchildren what opportunities for development in this area are in their native regions, — stressed the executive secretary of the organizing committee of the NTO, vice-rector of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, leader of the working group of the NTI “Club Movement” Dmitry Zemtsov. — Now the Circle Movement is actively creating a network of regional coordinators who will be able to organize and direct the process of preparing participants for both NTO Junior and NTO for grades 8-11 within not individual training sites, but entire regions. This is a systematic approach that will help a much larger number of schoolchildren learn about competitions, join the projects of the Club Movement and begin to consciously build their own educational trajectory.”

The NTO Junior tasks are prepared in such a way as to captivate students and give them a chance to work with real technologies that are currently being used. For example, participants in the Technology and Space field will need skills in programming, working in CAD and 3D printing (the task is being prepared by Alexey Rytov and the team of the Academy of Digital Technologies in St. Petersburg).

Within the framework of the “Technology and computer games” sphere, schoolchildren will have to develop a game project, and for this learn the basics of game design, master algorithms and the basics of programming. The task is being developed by the team of Roman Goroshkin (VK Play).

In the field of Technology and Virtual Reality (Victoria Masharova’s team, Varwin Education), students will be asked to design, write and debug their own VR application from scratch.

Participants in the “Technology and Research Robots” sphere will be engaged in programming microcontrollers, understand the syntax of the C language and assemble a wireless robot capable of finding the necessary objects at the test site – oil wells. The leader of the sphere Alexandra Bogolyubova and the MGBot company are working on the task.

And participants in the “Technologies and Robots in Production” sphere, which is being prepared by the R: ED Education team led by Alisa Bolshakova, will try their hand at finding faults in ready-made solutions, fixing them and launching automated robotic systems.

The team of Anna Balakhchi (Irkutsk State University) will set the task for the participants in the Technology and Virtual Assistants field: schoolchildren will collect and analyze data in order to develop a chat bot, a virtual assistant on a given topic, based on the findings.

Finally, participants in the Technology and Creative Programming field will seek original solutions to problems by writing code to control robotic devices. They will get acquainted with the RobboScratch environment, the task is being developed by Elena Vostrikova, ROBBO JSC.

To prepare schoolchildren and get acquainted with topics that are not always possible to master in school lessons, methodological recommendations for preparation, NTO Lessons for each area, as well as educational courses available to all registered participants, have been prepared.

The qualifying round of NTO Junior starts on September 19th. More information – on the website http://junior.ntcontest.ru/.

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