The IkaRenok robotics competition for the very youngest competitors – preschoolers – took place on January 26 in the Children's and Young People's Creative Arts Center in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
This competition is a part of the regional stage of the Russian National Robotics Forum of Preschool Institutions.
According to the competition rules, teams from 12 kindergartens were to make a case for their robot-building projects and perform competition assignments. The judges had a really hard job choosing which was best. Ultimately, the team from kindergarten Little Swan became the total winner, and, in addition, three awards were given in the following categories: Engineering Design Book – team from Children’s Creative Arts Center in Tymovsk settlement, Presentation of Creative Project – team of Little Baby kindergarten (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk), and Team Performance of Competition Assignments – team of Children's and Young People's Creative Arts Center in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
But for the knowledge, skill, and team spirit they displayed, all the little ones received prizes from the competition sponsor – the Sakhalin-1 Consortium, comprising Sakhalin-1 Project Operator Exxon Neftegas Limited, the Japanese consortium SODECO, Russian oil company Rosneft, and the Indian ONGC Videsh.
IkaR, which is for school children, is the only educational-type competition in Russia, and its goal is to enhance the educational level and stimulate interest in science and engineering professions. But the IkaRenok project is truly unique, being the only competition of its kind for preschoolers. A huge number of children love building robots out of special construction kits. It's therefore no surprise that the IkaR and IkaRenok competition, which first began in 2014, are now held in more than 40 regions throughout the country and invariably draw a large number of contestants.
This spring, the Sakhalin Oblast IkaR competition for school-age children will take place in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and will be also supported by the Sakhalin-1 Consortium.