Photonics and radio electronics will be included in the list of educational programs of Kvantorium children’s technoparks

“Kvantoriums will become resource and methodological centers for institutions of extended education for children and youth. Mentors will be trained, and the list of educational programs for children's technoparks will be expanded,” said the leader of the ASI initiative “The new model of the system of extended education for children”, informed Marina Rakova, Head of the Federal operator of Kvantorium children’s technopark network at the National Championship of Cross-Industry Working Professions in High-Tech Industries (Worldskills Hi-Tech 2016) in Yekaterinburg.

“In a while, society will be absolutely ready to reject narrow-profile engineering research. It does not matter to which area the mastered competences belong – whether photonics, that we are ready to add to the already available areas, or electronics, that we are looking forward to launch at Kvantoriums at a high level”, said Marina Rakova.

She emphasized that at Kvantoriums children do not just learn to create a technical device that will only be good for gathering dust on the shelf, but they are rather guided by the demands of new markets and create “something that will really work”.

“Our philosophy is to give children the opportunity to acquire skills not only in terms of hardware – soldering, sawing, use of nanoeducator or oscilloscope, but rather todo so through engineering, the most interesting, the most “delicious” part – the study of space and the world, that is, we give them skills that a man of the future will basically need, particularly, software skills,” Marina Rakova went on to explain.

According to her, children's parks should not form a unique and super popular format, which covers millions of people across the country. “This is not our goal. The task we have set for ourselves is to assign the role of resource and methodological centers to children's parks in the. Within two years, we hope to delegate them enough powers for implantation and integration into the entire educational environment,” said Marina Rakova.

One of the basic functions of a Federal operator is to prepare a pool of mentors that may be integrated into educational process, both in the system of supplementary education for children and at any level of professional education – “be it any project groups, schools, SPE or HVE institutions.”

The first 60 teams from the regional Centers for Creative Youth Innovations (TsMITs) will be trained in Moscow from November 11 through 21.

“This is intellectual support for future mentors,” explained Marina Rakova. “We hope that as soon as in 2017 we will be able to provide financial support for the teams and project groups that will display utmost initiative, readiness and ability to work.”