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The World Youth Festival continues in Sirius. More than 20 thousand people from 190 countries of the world spend these days on the Black Sea coast, attend master classes and open lectures, participate in cultural events, meet people and make friends all over the world. St. Petersburg Polytechnic is a partner of the festival. University speakers participate in the business program; events are held in the SPbPU hall to introduce young people from different countries to advanced engineering developments and the educational potential of the university.

On March 4, the “Engineering Fusion” game was held in the Polytechnic space, in the Kapitsa hall. The guys divided into teams and competed, solving problems and answering questions. This is an educational interactive event on the topic of engineering and engineering education with elements of team play, virtual and augmented reality. University staff prepared an exciting quest for young people, during which they not only discussed the most important issues of modern science and technology, distance education and climate change, but also introduced participants to the best developments and research of the Polytechnic University made in its entire history. The event was organized by the university’s international services team with the help of Interclub activists. The game started with a quiz and a motivational speech and… O. Vice-Rector for Advanced Projects of SPbPU Maria Vrublevskaya.

An engineer is someone who changes the world, making it better every day. A polytechnic engineer changes the world quickly, without harming the environment and with love for people. Engineering is amazing, it is open to anyone. It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you’re from, what you did before. Polytech is a platform for creativity, where everything is in your hands. The Polytechnic University produces outstanding space engineers, roboticists, microelectronics engineers, IT specialists, machine designers, builders, and specialists in additive technologies and digital modeling. “Engineering Fusion” will help you better understand how important the role of engineers is in the modern world and what opportunities open up for those who choose this profession,” said Maria Vrublevskaya.

Timur Khludeev, head of the electronic resources development department, spoke about the unique competencies of the Polytechnic in implementing distance education programs. SPbPU has been developing distance educational technologies for more than 15 years, during which time more than 150 courses have been created. Many of them have been translated into a foreign language and posted on foreign platforms. This year the number of listeners exceeded the 2 million mark.

The Polytechnic Center for Open Education keeps up with the times and not only creates classic online courses, but also develops the direction of virtual reality simulators. This allows the listener to better assimilate the material covered and see unique engineering structures with their own eyes. During the quest, my colleague Tatyana Zhitnikova from the Higher School of Technosphere Safety and I gave the participants tasks to complete in virtual reality,” said Timur Khludeev.

A stand with VR glasses operates at the Polytechnic site throughout the festival.

The presenter of “Engineering Fusion” spoke about the global challenges that modern engineers are solving. O. Director of the scientific and educational center “Nanotechnologies and Coatings” Alexander Semencha. He challenged students to learn hands-on how to measure carbon dioxide levels. To do this, the quest participants were asked to conduct an experiment with a closed jar and a burning candle, which goes out after closing the lid and stopping the air supply. And to measure the level of carbon dioxide, the guys used a portable gas analyzer. The compact device was developed at the Polytechnic University with the support of the Priority 2030 program.

Polytechnic University occupies a leading position in the field of engineering education. The main goal of our event is not only to present our competencies, but also to draw attention to engineering education in general. I think we managed it: the hall was full, the guys’ eyes were burning,” said Alexander Semencha.

The scientist added that during the quest the guys used the third version of the prototype gas analyzer, and the device showed its effectiveness. The development is necessary to measure carbon dioxide levels at carbon landfills. The work is being carried out within the framework of the strategic project “Human-Centered Technologies and Solutions”.

Representatives of the Polytechnic student association ReGreen also touched upon the environmental topic at the quest. Anastasia Ragozina spoke about the principles of reasonable consumption and respect for the environment, as well as the current profession of recycling technologist. To get acquainted with it, the quest participants recreated a technological scheme for recycling waste using miniature models.

When we discuss climate change, it is often caused by the extraction of natural resources or the release of pollutants into the atmosphere. However, the contribution of the waste sector is much greater than it might seem at first glance. Excessive consumption is one of the main problems; it has provoked excessive energy costs for the production of things, which, as a rule, are also disposable and become garbage soon after their use. This is why it is so important to move to a closed waste management cycle and introduce systems for separate collection and recycling of waste,” said Anastasia Ragozina. All WFM guests are introduced to the principles of careful consumption and recycling of waste in the Polytechnic hall all days of the festival.

Associate Professor of the Higher School of Software Engineering Alexander Shchukin introduced the quest participants to the possibilities of distance IT education and spoke about unique interdisciplinary projects in which computer technology specialists solve non-standard problems in the same team with chemists, builders, teachers, etc. For example, at the Polytechnic University created a neural network for diagnosing diseases using tomography data, and students developed a mobile application to determine the number of calories in a dish based on an image.

IT training is very interesting, and together with the Polytechnic University it is also very promising. After all, we have a supercomputer center, innovation laboratories and research and educational centers, an artificial intelligence center, we implement a project approach in education,” said Alexander Shchukin.

He invited the quest participants to come up with their own project, relevant to their hometown and country.

“Engineering Fusion” ended with the awarding of the winners and a group photo. The first place was taken by a team of musicians from the Adler ensemble “Lozhkari”. The organizers also noted the most active participants in the quest and awarded memorable prizes in several categories.

Polytechnic employees conduct two tracks for schoolchildren at the festival. Associate Professor of the Higher School of Transport Ivan Vasiliev and 1st year master’s student of the Higher School of Transport Maxim Pichugin develop participants’ research, experimental and creative capabilities in the field of studying machines and equipment within the framework of the track “Modern methods of designing ground-based machines and equipment.”

And in the section “Digital State: Sustainable Development of Urban Areas,” schoolchildren from Russia, Spain, Algeria, Bulgaria, Jordan and Serbia are developing a comprehensive program to attract tourists and develop territories using digital tools. The classes are taught by Associate Professor of the Higher School of Administrative Management Tamara Selentyeva and leading specialist of the Center for work with applicants Natalya Ivanova.

Together with our colleagues, we conduct a short-term educational intensive in current areas of science and technology: digitalization, urban planning, design. The guys work in small teams. We will present the results of the project activities at the general exhibition on March 6,” said Natalya Ivanova.

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