As many as 38,359 schoolchildren from 430 cities of Russia applied for participation in the “Olympiad of the National Technology Initiative” (NTI Olympiad) of the 2018/19 school year, organized by RVC and ASI together with the largest Russian universities. Compared to last year, the number of participants in the engineering Olympiad has doubled.
According to the results, St. Petersburg (2588), Moscow (1808), Novosibirsk (1618), Nizhny Novgorod (1231), Chelyabinsk (1132) became the most active cities in terms of the number of applications submitted. The most popular destinations among the children were “Smart City”, “Virtual Reality”, “Neurotechnology” and “Big Data and Machine Learning”.
Despite the fact that the solution of engineering problems traditionally attracts young men, among the first applicants for participation in the Olympiad, are 35% of girls (13425).
The NTI Olympiad is held in three stages. At the first extramural qualifying stage, students remotely solve assignments for the general education program. At the second stage, the participants unite in teams of 2-5 people and begin to solve engineering and design tasks. About two thousand schoolchildren will enter the final of the NTI Olympiad, they will compete for 100 points of the Unified State Exam when entering leading engineering universities.
In the new season, instead of the single in-person final of the NTI Olympiad, specialized contests will be held at 70 venues throughout the country: in schools, universities, technology parks, and youth innovation centres. Finals will be held in hackathon format: Participants will look for the best solution to a technological problem, for example, an optimal data processing algorithm or a technology for obtaining the material with specified properties. Tasks for the guys are compiled by the representatives of engineering universities and technology companies: among the partners of the NTI Olympiad — FIEP Rosnano, Aeroflot, MIPT, ITMO University, MAI, FEFU, and MSTU named after N. E. Bauman, University Innopolis, Moscow Polytechnic University, TPU, and SPbPU.
The NTI Olympiad is a unique format of engineering competitions for schoolchildren of 7-11 grades aimed at identifying and developing talented children who are able to solve complex interdisciplinary tasks. The profiles of the Olympiad correspond to the industry priorities of NTI — the program of Russia's global technology leadership by 2035.