On April 26, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation hosted an organizational meeting of the organizing committee for the preparation and holding in 2018 of the International Competition of Children's Engineering Teams. The meeting was held by the Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Dr. Olga Vasilyeva.
The main goals and objectives of the Contest are:
- identification and development of students' abilities to engineering and design activities and interest in scientific and research activities$
- creating the necessary conditions for supporting children with the aptitude for inventive and research activities;
- distributing and popularization of engineering and scientific knowledge among young people;
- formation of core competencies, professional qualities of personality and motivation for the practical application of subject knowledge.
Teams of three to seven people are allowed to participate. The participants must be under 18 years old. Each participant has the right to participate in the Contest as part of one team. The replacement of the participants is not allowed after submitting the application. The team should be accompanied by mentors (up to three people) throughout the entire period of the Contest. The Teams should submit the application in electronic form on the Contest Official Website in their personal accounts. The Contest is held in two stages. The first stage is the absentee selection round. Dates: from May 4 to July 24, 2018. The teams complete the Contest task and submit the video presentation of the developed technical device, the review of the Scientific and Technical Committee. a scientist with a degree not lower than a Candidate of Sciences, who carries out activities in the corresponding direction of the competition task. The teams download completed tasks in their personal accounts. The best teams selected by the Jury on the absentee selection round results will be invited to the final stage. Within the framework of the Contest final round, teams will finalize the devices developed by them at the first stage. The Contest winners will be the teams that successfully coped with the final round task. The team, which showed the best result within its direction, will be the Contest absolute winner. All the winners will be awarded with the prizes from the Contest partners. The Contest absolute winners will receive special prizes from the Contest partners, as well as take part in educational trips, where they will visit the best research, scientific and technical Russian platforms.