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Source: State University Higher School of Economics – State University “Higher School of Economics” –

HSE hosted the in-person final stage of the tournamentTESLA — a multidisciplinary intellectual competition for students in grades 5–8. Schoolchildren from different cities of Russia and neighboring countries competed in five different disciplines for the right to participate free of charge in the educational program of the Summer School Faculty of Pre-University Training at the Higher School of Economics and the opportunity to receive discounts on training at FDP. Over 3.7 thousand people took part in the Olympiad this year, and 718 schoolchildren reached the finals.

Anastasia Filippova studies in the 8th grade and considers HSE a priority university for herself. She came to the TESLA final from Voronezh. “I watched webinars from the Higher School of Business and read books on entrepreneurship,” says the schoolgirl. Nastya is sure that participation in the competition provides an opportunity to test one’s strengths, analyze interesting problems, and make new acquaintances among like-minded people and future HSE applicants.

Her Olympiad track is “Entrepreneurship”. In total, the tournament includes five areas, including computer technology, natural and social sciences, languages and literature, cultural history and art. Actually, the first letters of the English names of these disciplines gave the name to the tournament itself:

T – technology (computer technology);

E – entrepreneurship (entrepreneurship);

S – science (natural and social sciences);

L – linguistic skills (languages and literature);

A – art

The idea of the tournament arose from the desire to help schoolchildren who are aimed at participating in Olympiads to try themselves on this path while still in high school, so that in high school they can approach this task more calmly and confidently, explains Deputy Dean of the FDP Ekaterina Abramova. The competition gives children from grades 5–8 the opportunity to decide on an area of knowledge that interests them, beyond the strict boundaries of the school curriculum.

AmongHSE Olympiads TESLA is a competition for the youngest participants. The final tasks are designed to test general erudition, and not just knowledge of the subject, and contain questions designed to set the participant up for reasoning and argumentation. The tasks are as close to life as possible and give the children space for reflection, as well as the opportunity to pay attention to important aspects of the structure of modern society. “They contain the skills necessary for success in the most in-demand professions,” emphasizes Ekaterina Abramova.

This year the TESLA tournament is being held for the third time. The competition takes place in two stages, the first is in absentia. After registering and studying the demonstration materials, the children must complete tasks in all directions within a certain period of time in any order. This year, the distance stage took place from March 25 to 31, and 3,781 schoolchildren took part in it. The winners of the first stage – this year there are 718 of them – are invited to the in-person final stage, which takes place directly within the walls of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Participation in it is free, but participants pay for their own travel to the venue. After checking the completed work, the finalists will be able to find out preliminary results in a week.personal accounton the FDP website. This year the results will be summed up on April 29.

“Of course, I want to win,” admits Alexander Koltovich from the city of Shchelkovo. He is in 8th grade and is participating in a tournament in the Natural and Social Sciences category. He prepared for the competition with his dad and only hopes to win.

Schoolchildren from Kyrgyzstan, who also took the full-time TESLA stage in Moscow, are also determined to achieve good results. Fifth-grader Timur most remembers the building of the Higher School of Economics on Pokrovka, where intramural competitions were organized. “I liked it here, it’s a good environment,” he says. “For me, the TESLA competition was an unusual experience, a way of great advancement,” admits his classmate Valeria.

According to the organizers, the next possible stage for TESLA winners and runners-up could be participation in the Olympiad “Highest standard”.

Text: Evgenia Romadanova, Igor Prokudin, research interns of the Project and Training Laboratory of Economic Journalism of the National Research University Higher School of Economics

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