Russian Schools To Introduce NTI Lessons


In September 2018, NTI Lessons (Lesson of the National Technology Initiative) will appear in Russian schools. Teachers will receive teaching materials from which, according to the principle of the designer, they will be able to collect a lesson or a series of lessons on their subject. The lesson is designed for schoolchildren of glades 8-11. The program includes materials explaining to high school students what the National Technology Initiative is, what challenges it faces, and what specialists the NTI markets will require.

Developed six lesson scenarios, corresponding to the directions of NTI: "Man", "Information", "Infrastructure", "Technology", "Production" and "Ecology". Within these areas, advanced technologies will be presented to schoolchildren. For example, in the “Man” direction, schoolchildren will be able to become acquainted with bionic technologies, genome editing, and preventive medicine. In the direction of "Information” — with blockchain, big data, artificial intelligence, and quantum technologies. At the “Technology” lesson, teachers will tell about the development of uncrewed vehicles and machine vision. Teachers of subjects in relevant areas will be able to include materials in the program of their lessons: biology, physics, computer science, and others.

“When developing the strategy of the National Technology Initiative, we determined that for a qualitative breakthrough in the development of NTI markets, at least 300 thousand engineers are needed. There should be people with high-quality training and a new type of thinking focused on solving breakthrough problems. It is evident that such specialists need to be prepared to start from school. NTI lessons are an opportunity to tell high school students about the trends that form new technology markets, and the competencies in demand at the stage when they have to decide on their future profession. If the professional goals of young people coincide with the tasks of NTI, then we are ready to help in their implementation, and participation in the NTI Olympiad — only one of the possible trajectories — noted the General Director of RVC Alexander Povalko.

“To attract new, important tasks to schools, many teachers want to update the content of education through this: we realized this when we started creating the NTI Olympiad. Teachers are interested in expanding the content of the subject, increasing the motivation of schoolchildren, showing the connection between what is happening in the classroom and what is happening outside the school; demonstrate the connection between the objects of the present and the tasks of the future, — notes the president of the Association of technology amateur clubs, Alexey Fedoseyev, secretary of the organizing committee of the Olympiad. — The campaign is aimed at the extensive involvement of students in the NTI Olympiad and the Amateur Club Movement, acquaintance with promising labour markets and professions of the future.”

Teachers will be able to select and offer students tasks similar to those solved by students in different NTI Olympiad profiles. Innovative engineers, people in business, and young inventors will help the teacher to carry out a lesson: their short interviews will be included in the lesson. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to play a mobile game: to act as programmers, biologists, designers of the future and jointly cope with the problems that await humanity in the 21st century.

The objective of an NTI lesson is to attract high school students who are interested in modern technologies to solve real technology problems through participation in the NTI Olympiad, to help such students develop their skills, acquire technical skills to go through all the stages of the Olympiad and win. Victory in the Olympics will allow schoolchildren to get 100 points of the exam and become students of the most reliable partner universities.

RVC and ASI have held the NTI Olympiad in partnership with the most significant Russian universities and technology companies since 2015. Among the organizers of the competitions are Moscow Polytechnic University, SPbPU, TPU, University of Innopolis, MIPT, NNIU MEPhI, MAI, ITMO University, FEFU, UrFU, SibSU named after M.F. Reshetnev, MISiS, MSTU named after N. E. Bauman, SKFU, FU under the Government of the Russian Federation, MAGU, IrNITU, and NovSU. The partners of the Olympiad NTI profiles are Russian corporations: they are involved in the development of tasks.

The competitions within the framework of the NTI Olympiad are held in 19 profiles that correspond to the industry priorities of the National Technology Initiative: the programs to create fundamentally new markets and ensure Russia's global technology leadership by 2035. In the 2017/2018 school year, more than 20,000 Russian schoolchildren submitted applications for participation in the Olympiad.

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