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Winners of the NTI Olympiad for schoolchildren in Sochi are known



The Educational Centre Sirius in Sochi summed up the results of the All-Russian Engineering Olympiad of the National Technological Initiative (NTI). The 11 best teams and 18 winners in the individual all-around were defined based on final tests’ results. The main prize is 100 USE (Uniform state exam) points in core subjects upon admission to the leading Russian universities.


The NTI Olympiad is organized by RVC and ASI in partnership with the largest technical universities and corporations. Its goal is to search and develop talents for the National Technological Initiative, a program to create fundamentally new markets and ensure Russia’ global technological leadership by 2035. The Olympiad is held in 17 educational profiles that correspond to the industry priorities of NTI. They include unmanned vehicles, big data and machine training, robotics, nanotechnology, small space vehicles, biotechnology, etc.


In 2018, as many as 20,000 schoolchildren from all over Russia claimed to participate in the competition. After passing qualifying rounds, 578 participants reached the finals. Around 360 of them were invited to the final face-to-face stage in the first 9 profiles of the Sochi Olympics, which took place in the format of team engineering competitions. Within the framework of the finals, high school students worked on solving specific technological problems. E.g. the participants of the "Space Systems" profile had to assemble the existing microsatellite model, contestants in the "Neurotechnology" profile developed a control system for the bionic hand prosthesis, and the finalists of the "Nanotechnology" direction modified bacteria to produce the plasmid — the ring DNA molecule, so that it could be embedded in living cells and change their properties.


According to the results of several days of the competition, 11 best teams and 18 winners of the NTI Olympiad were chosen in an individual all-around. The final place of the contestants was determined by the results of the subject tour and the team's place in the profile rating. In terms the total number of points, schoolchildren from St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Snezhinsk, Kaliningrad, Tula, Blagoveshchensk, Tambov, Nefteyugansk, Tomsk and Moscow joined the winners. The profiles of the NTI Olympiad are included in the official list of the Olympiads of the Russian Council of School Olympiads (RCSO). And this means that winners and prize-winners will be able to enter universities-organizers without exams or receive additional points upon admission.

"Over the three years, a whole community of talented, active young people has been formed around the NTI Olympiad, people who are capable of becoming successful entrepreneurs and scientists in the near future. Over the five days at the Olympiad, we have been observing the work of well-coordinated engineering teams, who are ready to create competitive solutions in various fields of science and business today. The task of RVC is to support these talents at the earliest stage and offer tools for their further development," commented General Director of RVC Alexander Povalko.

"Our main goal is to make such competitions as the NTI Olympiad accessible not only for 360 children who took part in the final in Sirius, and not even for 20,000 participants in the qualifying stage, but for 2 million children in all schools across the country. The history of WorldSkills may suggest the right way: at first, it’s all about competitions, followed by successful practices within these competitions, which can be used to establish new educational standards that become mandatory for the entire education system. It is necessary that all the tasks that seem extreme, impossible, fantastic at the NTI Olympiad today, become in a few years requirements for the normal activities of children in every school in the country," commented Dmitry Peskov, Director of the "Young Professionals" direction at ASI.


The final stages of the remaining eight profiles of the NTI Olympiad will be held in March-April 2018 at the sites of partner universities in six Russian regions, from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg.


"The final of the NTI Olympiad ended up in Sochi — and the day after tomorrow will begin in Moscow, to be continued in Tomsk, Kazan, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg. The NTI Olympiad is hosted by the most well-equipped spaces of the country: "Sirius" provided its excellent laboratories and workshops, MAI — its test ground, MEPI — a unique scientific installation "NEVOD", Fablab Polytech — its digital production facilities, UrFU (Ural Federal University), TPU (Tomsk Polytechnic University), Innopolis, and FEFU (Far Eastern Federal University) — their laboratories. It would have been impossible to generate an intensive and complex program of the NTI Olympiad without the cooperation of various players: from technology companies and universities to schools that have become sites for the training of participants," said Alexei Fedoseyev, president of the Association of Technology Circle Members, secretary of the Organizing Committee of the NTI Olympiad.


The NTI Olympiad was launched for the first time in 2015. Among the organizers of the competitions are Moscow Polytechnic University, SPbPU (St. Petersburg Polytechnic University), TPU (Tomsk Polytechnic University), University of Innopolis, MIPT (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology), NNIU MEPhI (National Research Nuclear University Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), MAI (Moscow Aviation Institute), ITMO University, FEFU (Far Eastern Federal University), UrFU (Ural Federal University), SibSAU (Siberian State Aerospace University) named after M.F. Reshetnyov, MISiS (Moscow State Institute of Steel and Alloys), MSTU (Moscow State Technical University) named after N. E. Bauman, and SKFU (North-Caucasus Federal University). Partners of the NTI Olympiad profiles also include Sukhoi Company, UAC (United Aircraft Corporation), Rusnano and other Russian corporations that participate in the development of tasks for schoolchildren. The launch of the next cycle of the NTI Olympiad 2018/2019 is scheduled for September 2018.


Detailed information on the course of the NTI Olympiad can be found under the following link:


About National technology Initiative

The National Technological Initiative (NTI) is a long-term comprehensive program to create conditions to ensure the leadership of Russian companies in new high-tech markets that will determine the structure of the global economy in the next 15-20 years. NTI is built as a broad coalition activity involving the formation of groups of like-minded people: these are technology entrepreneurs, representatives of leading universities and research centres, large business associations of Russia, development institutions, expert and professional communities, and executive bodies concerned. Currently, in operation are 12 working groups which maintain road maps to develop nine promising markets and three cross-market directions.

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