Science Sessions

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Courses developed by leading experts in additional education combine such subjects as nanotechnology, physics, chemistry, robotics and others. The events also introduce teachers to new formats of work and ideas for conducting experimental classes

How do Science Sessions work

The courses that were developed by top further education experts incorporate the study of such scientific disciplines as nanotechnology, physics, chemistry, robotics, and others. The activities also introduce teachers to new ways of conducting classes and new ideas for experimental activities.

The project's educational programs are aimed at children aged 9–12 years. Each child receives an individual set for work with all the necessary consumables. Classes are held during school holidays, which allows children to immerse themselves deeply in the creative process. Schoolchildren independently conduct complex experiments, assemble experimental setups, and create scientific artifacts.

Science Sessions 2017-2023

2017 – Tolyatti, Dzerzhinsk, Nizhnevartovsk, Tobolsk

A total of 598 students took part in science sessions that focused on the study of chemistry and physics. As part of the Chemistry program, students learned how to operate laboratory equipment and tried to synthesize new substances. As part of the Physics track, the students were offered to build a different gadget every day including microphones, acoustic systems, overhead projectors, etc. Each such "invention" was preceded by a short presentation on the laws of physics underlying its operation. Over the course of the Science Sessions, 24 teachers mastered an experimental method of teaching designed to help them unlock their students’ potential. This methodology is based on an innovative format of instruction relying on the use of state-of-the-art equipment and full engagement of students in hands-on activities.

2018 – Blagoveshchensk (Republic of Bashkortostan),Blagoveshchensk (Amur Oblast), Voronezh, Dzerzhinsk, Kstovo, Nizhnevartovsk,  Svobodny, Tolyatti, Tomsk 

Since 2018, the Science Sessions have been expanded to include two new areas: Building Cities that involves students’ "building" a scale model of a state-of-the-art city, and Inventing Engineers, a track where the students get familiar with the basic concepts of mechanics by assembling technical contraptions and studying the principles of their operation. A total of 1,250 children and 50 teachers have taken part in the project.

2019 – Kstovo, Voronezh, Blagoveshchensk (Republic of Bashkortostan), Svobodny, Perm, Tobolsk, Noyabrsk, Nizhnevartovsk

More than 900 school students have taken part in the Science Sessions that covered chemistry + physics and robotics. The latter of the two courses, developed on the basis of the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 platform, made it possible for the students to go on a fascinating journey that started with discussing and setting research objectives to creating experimental setups similar to those used as part of Lomonosov MSU Department of Physics’ laboratory workshops and lectures. The students were able to appreciate the similarity between the two by watching videos produced specifically for this project by the organizers of the Science Sessions with the help from the country's flagship university.  36 teachers of chemistry, physics and robotics were also able to upgrade their competences. 

2020 – Blagoveshchensk (Amur Oblast), Voronezh, Kstovo, Nizhnevartovsk, Noyabrsk, Perm, Svobodny, Tobolsk, Tomsk 

The Science Sessions of 2020 were held in nine cities in a remote format. Training was organized under several different training program including Inventing Engineers, Gadgets, and Teen Blogging. Some 1,000 school students took part in the science sessions conducted by bloggers specializing in popularizing science. 

2021 –  Dzerzhinsk, Voronezh, Gubkinsky, Nyagan, Blagoveshchensk (Republic of Bashkortostan), Pyt-Yakh, Tomsk,  Noyabrsk 

Depending on the COVID situation in a particular region, the project was either conducted in a face-to-face format or remotely. The project’s activities brought together 980 students aged 9 to 12 and 69 of their teachers and teaching assistants.  Their training focused on two areas:
  • as part of the Inventing Engineers program focused on developing the students’ engineering design skills, the trainees created engineering devices, conducted experiments, worked on designing a motor car, and tinkered with the Livetronic constructor;
  • under the Smart Technologies program, the students were introduced to the basic concepts of electronics and electricity. 
2022 - Blagoveshchensk (Amur Oblast), Svobodny, Dzerzhinsk, Kstovo, Nyagan, Voronezh, Tobolsk, Tyumen

The 8 science sessions organized as part of the Inventing Engineers and Nanotechnologies programs were attended by 980 children. The new educational program in nanotechnology had been developed by top continuing education experts from Smart Moscow, a popular science project. It is an umbrella program combining the study of such scientific fields as nanotechnology, physics, and chemistry. Schoolchildren got to conduct new experiments every day, observing the process of transformation of microparticles. These included experiments with magnetized liquids, growing crystals, and even building a copper mirror. Together with their instructors, they discussed in great detail what nanotechnology is, what potential it has and what industries are employing it today, ranging from healthcare and the pharmaceuticals industry to the development of computer chips. In addition, the student were able to do a lot of hands-on work, creating their own nanoworld right on their desktops.

2023 - Kazan, Nizhnevartovsk, Voronezh

School students from Kazan and Nizhnevartovsk took part in a Nanotechnology course developed by top experts from the Smart Cities project. The budding researchers were not only introduced to the theoretical knowledge on the subject, but were also offered to conduct various experiments with the provided individual sets of consumables. Their peers from Voronezh spent the week getting acquainted with the fundamental laws of physics, discussing the principles driving operation of various mechanisms, in addition to assembling and testing working models of cars, aircraft, spacecraft at a competition. Throughout the project's 3 sessions, 390 students took part in the activities, while 30 instructors and teaching assistants received training on how to deliver the curriculum. 

Elena Krymova, a teacher at Grammar School No: 179, Kazan: 

"Being a teacher myself, I can say that the Science Session's program was very cleverly designed, by alternating theory, practice and games. For five full days the students were fully immersed in the activities that helped them expand their knowledge of nanotechnology. They observed the experiments with keen interest, attempted to explain the principles behind them, and presented their own inventions towards the end of the session.”