Russia opens network of children’s technoparks

Technoparks for children are opening in a number of pilot Russian regions. The goal is to get youngsters involved in engineering and research activity, Russia’s Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) announced

The program first starts in Tatarstan (mid-Volga area), Yugra (Russia’s North), Altay and Novosibirsk (both in Siberia), and Moscow and its surrounding region. Some of these are slated for opening by the end of this year already. According to ASI, 14 such projects are to begin across Russia’s regions in the next 18 months.

The program will be put together on a private-public partnership basis, with interim agreements already signed with a number of sizable Russian companies where the government is the majority stockholder, including United Aircraft Company, Rosatom (nuclear energy umbrella company), and some others, ASI said.

Each technopark program will consist of two sub-programs—competitive and technological. The former will offer kids the opportunity to compete with each other, working on real equipment. The latter is designed to introduce audiences to new technologies.

Teenagers will be able to work on a wide variety of areas, including robotics, energy projects, IT and hacking problems, drone tech, spacecraft engineering, and some others.

For example, children doing robotics will learn how to fine-tune wireless equipment or establish wireless connection between a mobile robot and a computer.

In hacking, teams will participate in data protection competitions.

Children’s technoparks will also enable youngsters to study neurotechnology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, laser technology, and work on big data. Audiences are expected to develop skills in working with neurocomputer interfaces. In biotech, kids will be introduced to genetic engineering methods aimed at designing new gene combinations that don’t exist in nature.