Magnitogorsk Quantorium to Open Its Doors

The children’s technology park Quantorium is to open its doors on 6th November. From this day on, adolescent researchers will be learning new technologies and developing and implementing their own ideas in response to the regional industrial trends.

It should be noted that the key idea behind children’s technology parks is to raise “universal problem solvers”, i.e. individuals with systematic, creative and product thinking who will be prepared to face the challenges of the 21st century. By the end of 2018, 51 Russian regions will have their technology parks available for children.

The Magnitogorsk Quantorium is currently seeing final renovation work, and the procurement process is not far from completion.  

We felt a great interest to our project. Originally, we received more than 700 applications. 500 school children and vocational students from 12 to 17 years old have been accepted. They come not only from Magnitogorsk but also from the neighbouring areas. At this time, we are working with teachers to prepare study plans and cases. There is still a lot to do. The equipment deliveries and the set-up work are expected to continue till early November,” shared the Quantorium leader Alexander Vasiliev.

A total of 36 groups – or, quantums – have been established: IT-Quantum (IT, electronics, digitalization), VR-Quantum (virtual and augmented reality, 3D modelling, images and videos), Roboquantum (mechatronics and robotics) and Hi-Tech Shop (САD, advanced materials processing techniques, 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC machining).

The Magnitogorsk Quantorium will be officially launched at the end of November. The expected participants of the opening ceremony include senior officials from the regional and local administrations, the leadership of Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works and Nosov Magnitogorsk State Technical University, and other partner organisations.

And this December will witness another milestone event – the so-called Marathon of Launches, when all 30 newly established Quantoriums will be launched on one day by the Russian President in a teleconference mode.

The Magnitogorsk technology park is meant to give fresh inventors a great push, help them build competences that are so important to have in today’s rapidly changing world, and thus boost their future employment chances. A major partner of the project, MMK will provide the necessary expertise. Site tours will be organized to give students a better idea about real-life problems. And MMK experts will be involved in the design of project cases and assessment of students’ projects during engineering competitions.

The official VK page of the Magnitogorsk Quantorium: https://vk.com/kvantorium74

Svetlana Artemova,
NMSTU’s Information Policy Office


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