Projects to master the skills of tomorrow presented at the Karelia: Growth Points forum in Petrozavodsk

The educational projects recommended by the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) for implementation in the Republic of Karelia were presented by the participants in the “School 2035” track at the "Karelia: Points of Growth" business forum, which started at the co-working “Boiling Point” in Petrozavodsk on July 25.

The project initiators shared their plans for replication of effective educational practices with the editors of the ASI’s website.

Pavel Frolov, producer at ROBBO, told that he plans to find Karelian entrepreneurs interested in launching robotics clubs. “We can educate a generation of innovators, engineers, who will create electronic devices themselves and help reduce the country’s dependence on foreign hardware and software vendors,” Pavel Frolov believes.

He presented the Innovation Class project to the forum participants, in which children aged 5 years and over could learn robotics, programming and 3D-modeling on free hardware and software, creating their own products.

In September 2017, about 15 programming groups for children aged 7 to 12 will be created in Karelia, organized by the ASI’s leadership project Algorithmics. “We are ready to increase the number of groups in the Republic due to attracting additional partners. These may be schools, children’s complimentary education centers and just enthusiasts willing to develop IT-education in this region,” siad Renat Asadov, General Director of Algorithmics, LLC. “Our courses will be also available in 20 regions of the country.”

The Algorithmics’ online platform allows drawing individual educational trajectories to learn programming and solving practical tasks. Children develop the necessary skills with the use of interactive forms of learning algorithmic thinking and coding, creating their own IT projects and computer games. Teachers monitor the pupils’ performance through a special online system and form an individual curriculum for every child.


Association of 3D education presented the All-Russian 3D Technology Olympiad and the profile session “Engineers of Tomorrow: 3D Technology in Education”, which is organized every year in Artek. “To increase the level of engineering and technical development of the Karelian schoolchildren, we propose a stage-by-stage implementation of the Engineers of Tomorrow project,” Roman Bondarenko, the Association’s Head, reported. “The first stage should be creating 3D technology laboratories in kindergartens and schools, conducting motivational activities for teachers and students.” He cited the example of the 3D Chips festival for primary school, the regional stages of the All-Russian “3D Planet” Olympiad and the All-Russian 3D Technology Olympiad.

Training of teachers and students will take place at the Association’s regional resource centers. According to Roman Bondarenko, such a set of measures will allow replicating the educational methods of other regions in a new format. “The result of the project implementation will be the involvement of industrial partners to solve complex industrial problems within different directions of the National Technology Initiative (NTI), taking into account regional specifics,” he explained.


Aleksey Fedoseev, the Head of the “Young Professionals” movement of the Worldskills Russia association for schoolchildren, presented the main areas and requirements of the NTI Olympiad. “We expect that there will appear platforms in Karelia to prepare students for the Olympiad, so that students could immerse themselves in the format of practical work on advanced technical problems offered by the NTI Olympiad,” Aleksey Fedoseev said.

He believes that the initiative should come not only from schools and complimentary education centers, but also from the region’s leaders, who could launch a comprehensive program to include schoolchildren in the system to prepare them for the NTI Olympiad. “In some regions, this has already been done,” Aleksey Fedoseev noted.


Dmitry Sudakov, Leader of the Atlas of New Professions project, told about disappearing professions and new competences that will be in demand in the coming years. For schoolchildren to prepare in advance for new requirements and learn about the skills that will be relevant for employers in the 10 to 15-year perspective, the game set “The World of Professions of Tomorrow” is being prepared for release, intended for practical application of the Atlas of New Professions at school classes. “The set includes four vocational guidance games, a textbook of methodology, over 20 scenarios of vocational guidance lessons,” Dmitry Sudakov said. “This material is enough for about a year of work with a teenager or with a class.”

The Petrozavodsk State University (PetrSU) plans to hold hackathons on the creation of Goldberg machines. We knew about it from Yakov Somov, General Director of “Lectorium”, the leader of the Goldberg Cup. “We invited the PetrSU’s students to participate in hackathons; it can be all students, regardless of their specialty,” Yakov Somov said. “Mechanisms for the Goldberg mega machine can be simultaneously designed by up to 50 people in any city. For our part, we are ready to support the team of engineers and the most interesting projects with grants of 30 thousand rubles each to purchase the materials.

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The business forum “Karelia. Growth Points” is held at the co-working “Boiling Point”, which was opened in Petrozavodsk on July 25, 2017. The Forum’s agenda includes best practices in the fields of regional and municipal management, small and medium entrepreneurship, investment climate, social and technological entrepreneurship, main and complementary education, personnel training for the industries, which can be successfully replicated in the region with the support from the Agency for Strategic Initiatives. The Republic of Karelia also presents projects that may be used as practices for replication in other regions. Along with presentations and master classes, there are discussions and project sessions in the key areas of Karelia’s development, which will result in new projects and programs included into the region’s short- and long-term development strategy.

On July 26, the Forum’s agenda will include a session of the Supervisory Board of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) under the chairmanship of Russian President Vladimir Putin.