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Underwater robots will be created by schoolchildren and students at the All-Russian competitions in Vladivostok

All-Russian competitions in underwater robotics among schoolchildren and students will be held in May 2022 in Vladivostok. The winners and prize-winners of a series of district competitions to be held in Tyumen, Sevastopol, Astrakhan, Moscow and Novosibirsk in the spring will compete in the development of remote-controlled underwater vehicles. Applications for participation are accepted in several age categories: from primary school students to university students.

The competitions are held as part of the project of the NTI Club Movement “Engineering competitions and competitions in marine robotics”, aimed at training a new generation of technology leaders in the areas and in the interests of the National Technology Initiative (NTI) Marinet market. The organizers of the competition are the Center for the Development of Robotics and the Maritime State University (MSU) named after Admiral G.I. Nevelskoy.

According to the director of the Center for the Development of Robotics Sergey Moon, this year the All-Russian competition is dedicated to the decade of ocean science for sustainable development (2021-2030), announced by the UN. Each team will develop their own remotely operated uninhabited underwater vehicle (ROV) that will be able to perform tasks simulated in a pool for diagnosing and replacing a submarine cable, repairing elements of a marine farm, monitoring the state of the environment and working in Antarctica.

The participants will present the created devices at the district competitions, which will be held from March 27 to April 20, 2022 in Tyumen, Sevastopol, Astrakhan, Moscow and Novosibirsk. The winners and prize-winners of the district rounds will meet at the All-Russian competitions in Vladivostok on May 6-7, 2022. Competitions are held in four categories: Scout – junior schoolchildren (grades 1-4), Navigator – middle school students (grades 5-8), Ranger – senior schoolchildren (grades 9-11), Explorer – university students. The winners of the Ranger category for students in grades 9-11 will represent Russia at the MATE ROV International Underwater Robotics Competition in the USA in 2022.

The project of the NTI Club Movement is aimed at creating a system for preparing youth teams for Russian and international competitions in underwater robotics in the country, and last year our guys showed excellent results. The team of schoolchildren won the International MATE ROV Competition, and the students took 3rd place in the International Robosub Competition. I am sure that the success of our teams will be an excellent motivation and will attract more talented young people who are passionate about engineering, programming and new technologies to the field of underwater robotics. In this sense, the upcoming district and all-Russian competitions are a great chance to assemble a team, make yourself known, become part of a large community and start a professional path in a breakthrough direction,” said Dmitry Zemtsov, HSE Vice-Rector, leader of the NTI working group “Club Movement”.

The strongest school of underwater robotics in Russia was formed in Vladivostok in cooperation with leading universities – the Far Eastern Federal University, Moscow State University named after Admiral G.I. Nevelsky – institutes of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Center for the Development of Robotics, – said Grigory Gurov, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. – Thanks to the implementation of the NTI Circle Movement project, holding competitions in different regions, regular training of mentors, successful practices in training teams in the field of underwater robotics are spreading throughout the country and involve more schoolchildren and students. This is especially important for the actively growing maritime technology market and the influx of personnel in this area.”

Also, as part of the competition in Vladivostok, the regional stage of the All-Russian competition in robotics among autonomous uninhabited underwater vehicles (AUV) will be held in two categories: for students in grades 5-8 and grades 9-11. The winners will represent Primorsky Krai at the All-Russian AUV Robotics Competition in Innopolis in June 2022.

The results of the All-Russian competitions will be taken into account in the digital competency competition for schoolchildren “NTO Talent” of the NTI Circle Movement, the winners and prize-winners of which will be able to receive up to 10 additional points to the Unified State Examination upon admission to leading Russian universities.

Recall that in 2021, 99 teams of schoolchildren and students took part in the District and All-Russian competitions in underwater robotics as part of the NTI Club Movement project. 25 best teams from different regions competed in the final in Vladivostok. The winner in the Ranger category is a team of schoolchildren from the Center for the Development of Robotics – in the summer she represented Russia at the International MATE ROV Competition in underwater robotics in the USA, where she took first place. At the unofficial world championship among ROVs, the Russian team became the best in the overall standings and won in two categories: “The best mission in the pool” and “The best technical documentation”. At the same time, the student team of the center became the third at the Robosub International Underwater Robotics Competition.

The project “Engineering Contests and Competitions in Marine Robotics” is being implemented as part of the NTI Roadmap “Circle Movement” with the aim of training personnel in the field of underwater robotics, creating and integrating into the educational process an integrated system for preparing schoolchildren and students for Russian and international technological competitions. The project is being implemented by the NTI Circle Movement together with the Maritime State University named after Admiral G.I. Nevelskoy, Far Eastern Federal University, LLC “Center for the Development of Robotics” and the Industry Center “MARINET”. In 2022, along with a series of competitions, a summer and winter school on underwater robotics for mentors is planned in Vladivostok and Innopolis.