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On March 15, at the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, a solemn ceremony was held to close the final competition and award the winners of the school track of the National Technological Olympiad (NTO) in the direction of “Advanced Manufacturing Technologies.” Engineering competitions for schoolchildren were held for several days. 35 finalists from 14 regions of Russia and neighboring countries took part in them.

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. During the final competition, as well as throughout the entire season, the work of schoolchildren was supervised and assessed by the staff of the Laboratory “Industrial Stream Data Processing Systems” of NIS SPbPU under the scientific supervision of the head of the laboratory, associate professor of the Higher School of Computer Science and Information Science of the Institute of Computer Science Marina Bolsunovskaya.

At the closing ceremony, the NTO participants were welcomed by the Vice-Rector for Additional and Pre-University Education of SPbPU Dmitry Tikhonov. He congratulated the guys on the successful completion of the competition and high results.

We already consider you the best. And some of you will have to confirm this already as a university student. We are waiting for each of you at the Polytechnic. I really hope that during these days you have been able to get acquainted with what we do and our developments. In particular, the Advanced Engineering School, which oversees the “Advanced Manufacturing Technologies” direction, works for the future, developing solutions and technologies that will be in demand in a few years. I’m sure you will also be able to make the right choice of your future professional path,” said Dmitry Tikhonov.

In the subject round of the finals, participants solved problems in computer science and physics. In the engineering round, each of the ten finalist teams developed a model of an autonomous robotic manipulator with an intelligent control system. The device was supposed to recognize an object without using neural networks based on specified parameters (color/shape), keep the object in the field of view when it moves, and follow it in three planes. For work, schoolchildren received a set of components sufficient to assemble a robotic arm. They were free to choose parts and could print their own on a 3D printer.

Each team included 3-4 finalists who took on the roles of a circuit designer, designer and algorithm programmer. The circuit designer solved problems of constructing electrical circuits and programming Arduino-type controllers, the designer designed the device, prepared some parts for printing on a 3D printer, and assembled the hardware. The algorithm programmer was responsible for developing the software. The participants together tested and debugged the finished model. One of the team members also served as a captain – he led the development as a whole and was responsible for the presentation and defense of the project. When creating drawings, schoolchildren could use the three-dimensional modeling system “Compass-3D”, which was provided by the ASCON company specifically for the finals.

This year we accepted even more talented children, although the number of teams remained the same. The guys worked on the project with enthusiasm, but tension remained until the last day. There was a lot of positivity, focused work and, of course, great results. The winning team took the lead from the very beginning and showed their fighting spirit! They were one of the first to develop an implementation for the final stage and conduct tests. Their robot is quite technologically advanced, has a well-implemented control system, is distinguished by accuracy and speed of movements, which together allowed its creators to take first place,” noted Georgy Vasilyanov, a researcher at the PSPOD Laboratory of the PISH SPbPU, and the chief methodologist of the “Advanced Manufacturing Technologies” profile of NTO.

The Malki team won the final: ninth-graders from Novosibirsk Gusein Babaev, Igor Lazko, Maxim Parovishnik and Kirill Tikhonov. Their robotic arm scored a record one hundred points. The diplomas were presented to the winners by Alexey Borovkov, Vice-Rector for Digital Transformation, Head of the SPbPU Digital Engineering School.

To become the best, you need to learn from the best, work with the best, become a team and win. “Congratulations on your victory and wish you new outstanding successes,” Alexey Ivanovich addressed the schoolchildren.

The winners of the “Advanced Production Technologies” NTO profile in the individual competition were Daniil Gvozdev (Moscow), Ilya Nikiforov (Astrakhan), Alexander Kovyrshin (Irkutsk), Alexander Smirnov (St. Petersburg) and Mikhail Naumov (Kolpino). Diplomas were presented to the participants by the head of the ASCON educational program, Olga Chernyadyeva.

Alexander Kravchenko from the Moscow region and Ivan Sakaev from St. Petersburg were recognized as winners in the individual competition based on the sum of points in the subject round and the team’s result in the engineering round. The guys became a real discovery for the organizers: Alexander and Ivan are only in 7th grade. In solving the problems of the subject round for grades 8–9, they surpassed their older colleagues, and their team “Antibugs” was only a few points short of victory. According to the NTO rules, participants from 7th and junior grades can participate in track competitions for grades 8–11 if they are ready to complete tasks for the senior level.

The most valuable thing about the Olympiad is the new ideas, insights, and knowledge that I gained while completing tasks. Since I participated in NTO Junior for three years in a row, my plans for the future are about the same as before – to continue to participate. The senior track turned out to be much more interesting because it is longer and more difficult. Perhaps next year I will go not only to one final, but also to other tracks. This year I qualified for the second round in two areas, but decided to focus on one,” said Alexander Kravchenko.

Alexander first participated in NTO Junior in 2020, when he was in 4th grade. His team took 2nd place in the “Technology and Environment” competency. In 2021, he became a prize-winner in the “Technology and Space” competency, and in 2022 he won in the “Technology and Research Robots” competency. In April 2022, as a prize-winner of the NTO Junior, he was invited to the Supervisory Board of the “Russia – Land of Opportunities” platform, where Alexander proposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to launch a competition for computer game developers. From this moment began the history of the all-Russian competition “Start the Game”, which is being held for the second year in a row. Ivan Sakaev won the Junior NTO in 2023, also in the “Technology and Research Robots” competency. His team, consisting of only two participants, scored the maximum points throughout the country in the final. Diplomas were presented to the winners by Marina Bolsunovskaya, head of the laboratory of PSPOD PISH SPbPU.

Participants who were not included in the list of winners or runners-up nevertheless showed extensive knowledge beyond the school curriculum, enormous capacity for work, the will to win and sincere motivation to study and use advanced production technologies. They will be able to compete in the next season, which starts in the fall. The 2024 finalists were invited to participate in the II stage of the NTO for the 2024–2025 academic year. The winners and runners-up of the current season will be able to compete directly in the finals of the Olympiad next year. By the way, the top three leaders in this and most other areas of scientific and technical education can receive 100 Unified State Examination points in a core subject or enter the country’s leading engineering universities without exams.

The National Technology Olympiad is a team engineering competition for schoolchildren in grades 5–11 and university and college students in a wide range of technological areas. 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” and 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”. The project office for the Olympiad was deployed at the National Research University Higher School of Economics with methodological support from the Association of Technology Circle Participants (NTI Circle Movement).

The Center for Work with Applicants of SPbPU provided assistance in holding the final competitions. The final competition was supported by ASCON, a Russian developer of engineering software.

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