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On March 11, the final of the ninth season of the National Technological Olympiad (NTO) for schoolchildren in the field of “Advanced Manufacturing Technologies”. 35 participants represent 14 regions of Russia (St. Petersburg, Moscow, Crimea, Komi Republic, Chuvashia, Khabarovsk Territory, Astrakhan, Irkutsk, Kirov, Novosibirsk, Sverdlovsk regions, etc.) and neighboring countries.

The National Technology Olympiad is a team engineering competition for schoolchildren and students, which is organized by the NTI Club Movement and the National Research University Higher School of Economics in collaboration with Russian universities and industrial partner companies. NTO is carried out under the coordination of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation together with the ANO “Russia – the Land of Opportunities” with the support of the Russian movement of children and youth “Movement of the First”, the Agency for Strategic Initiatives and the ANO “NTI Platform”.

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University traditionally acts as a partner university of the Olympiad. The advanced engineering school of SPbPU “Digital Engineering” supervises the school track in the direction of “Advanced Manufacturing Technologies”. The profile is dedicated to software and hardware technologies that are used in the creation of robotic systems, including autonomous transport devices.

Organizational and scientific-methodological work with schoolchildren is carried out by the staff of the SPbPU Digital Engineering School under the guidance of Georgy Vasilyanov, a researcher at the PSPOD Laboratory of the SPbPU Institute of Science and Technology, and an assistant at the Higher School of Computer Science and Information Technology of the Institute of Computer Science of SPbPU. The scientific supervisor of the track is Marina Bolsunovskaya, head of the Laboratory “Industrial Stream Data Processing Systems” of PISH SPbPU, Associate Professor of the Higher School of Computer Science and Information Technology, Institute of Computer Science and Technology, IKNK. Laboratory specialists interact with schoolchildren throughout the season. Assistance in holding events is provided by the Center for work with applicants of the Polytechnic University. The final competition is also supported by ASCON, a Russian developer of engineering software, which provided the necessary software to the competitors.

At the opening ceremony, the participants were welcomed by the Vice-Rector for Digital Transformation of SPbPU, Head of the SPbPU Digital Engineering School Alexey Borovkov. He recalled that the NTO became the successor to the Engineering Olympiad of the National Technology Initiative, which was established in 2015 by three polytechnic universities – Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tomsk – and went down in history as the first team engineering competition in Russia for schoolchildren and students. Alexey Ivanovich also spoke about the work of the SPbPU NTI Center as an infrastructural basis for the interaction of scientific, educational and industrial organizations to solve frontier engineering problems and develop competencies in the field of advanced production technologies. Now the flagship of this direction in the ecosystem of technological development of SPbPU is the Advanced Engineering School “Digital Engineering”, whose activities, among other tasks, are aimed at training world-class engineers. And this work begins at the school level: excursions for schoolchildren, early career guidance, familiarization with the work of engineers.

“I wish you success and achievements. I am sure that you will receive vivid impressions and new acquaintances, and most importantly, unique experience in solving practical problems outside the framework of the training program,” Alexey Borovkov addressed the participants. — I really hope that you will enjoy the time spent in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg and remember it so much that you will come to study at the Peter the Great Polytechnic University. Moreover, all winners of the Olympiad receive benefits worth 100 Unified State Exam points when entering leading engineering universities.”

Artyom Egupov, director of the Center for Work with Applicants of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, also wished the participants good luck in solving difficult engineering problems: You have a difficult competitive week ahead, where you will have to show knowledge and skills in various fields. I wish that each of you approaches completing tasks not only formally, but also creatively. Often it is a non-standard approach, the ability to look at a problem from the outside, as well as the ability to be part of a team that allows you to find the right solution.

At the first stage, more than 1,400 schoolchildren participated in the NTO finals in the direction of “Advanced Manufacturing Technologies” – these are students in grades 8–11. The guys solved test problems in computer science and physics, performed engineering tasks on knowledge of computer-aided design, programming, circuit design and working with Arduino devices. 180 people made it to the second round. And there the tasks already touched upon issues of additive manufacturing, CAD design, mechanics, C/C/C programming

The final competition will consist of two parts. As part of the subject tour, schoolchildren will be faced with tasks in computer science and physics. After this, the design stage will begin: dividing into teams, the guys will begin to develop an autonomous robotic manipulator with the function of continuous tracking of the selected object. The project will require knowledge of programming, design and algorithms, as well as an understanding and use of modern manufacturing technologies.

The results will be announced on March 16. In addition to unique experience in solving complex engineering problems, all participants will benefit from future NTO seasons. The 2023/24 finalists will be able to participate immediately in the second stage of the 2024/25 season, and the prize-winners of the current season will be invited directly to the finals of next year’s Olympiad.

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