With the support of Exxon Neftegas Limited, the regional competitions Engineering Cadres of Russia (or IKaR for short) took place in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on February 3. Taking part in the event at the Children and Teenagers' Artistic Center were junior teams aged 6 to 18 from the Okha, Nogliki, Korsakov, and other Sakhalin districts.
Following competition rules, the teams presented the most varied robotic engineering projects, but unlike normal engineering competitions, IKaR clearly leans toward practical engineering – the kids had to substantiate the significance and relevance of their engineering project (for this competition program – a household robot assistant), describing the problems they encountered during the design process and how they resolved them. In reaching their decision, the competition jury considered not only how precisely the goal had been achieved, but also the unconventional thinking that had led to the engineering solutions.
"Field development and oil and gas production often pose the most unconventional problems for Sakhalin-1 engineers, technical personnel, and other specialists. Solving them requires not simply extensive knowledge and practical experience, but also a creative approach," Exxon Neftegas Limited Vice President Margarita Tsoi told us during the competition's opening ceremony. "This is why we are pleased to actively support educational projects that thrust the children of Sakhalin to the forefront of science and technology. And robotics is one of today's most promising industries, with enormous potential for practical application."
Area teams will be put together from among the competition winners, which will represent Sakhalin in the Russian national IKaR contests. We wish them the best of luck and success in their pursuit of the latest achievements in science and engineering!