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St. Petersburg hosting scientific and engineering competition for school students


Young researchers suggest new methods of power generation, waste recycling, and water treatment.

The finalists of the annual Baltic scientific and engineering competition have gathered in St. Petersburg to find out who is the best. Saint-Petersburg TV Channel reporter Alexander Chuev spoke to some of the inventors.

Young inventors, more than five hundred of the country’s most intelligent school students, came to St. Petersburg to share their ideas.

This year, more than 370 projects out of the two thousand submitted got into the final. Researchers, professors of the leasing universities and businessmen will assess the innovations. 

Ilya Chistyakov, Chairman of the 16th Baltic scientific and engineering competition organizing committee, is sure: ‘If you want a breakthrough, you will hire young people. This is a rule for a company engaged in technical and engineering research and development.’

An exhibition of the projects suggested by the finalists was opened in the Congress center in Medikov Prospect.

Anastasia Seslavinskaya, a contestant, tells about her project: ‘This is a smart house model. It has an elevator, a fountain, an exhaust system, an automatic feeder. You manage it by remote control, some elements are autonomous.’

‘What do your parents say?’

‘They say, we want it in our summer house.’

This year, environmentalism is the main trend. School students look for alternative energy sources, new methods of water treatment and industrial waste processing.

And they do not forget about entertainment, either. What about a remote chess game?

Yegor Britenkov, a contestant, explains: ‘We have a system monitoring the moves on the chessboard. The chess pieces have magnets inside, and these are modules that monitor the magnetic field. This way the system identifies which piece is moved to which square.’

The winners of the competition will go to the USA to represent Russia at International Science and Engineering Fair. It is a high school students’ competition founded in 1950, its award is called ‘little’ Nobel prize.

Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel