The 5th Mogilev Science Festival was held at the Belarusian-Russian University from February 20 to February 22. The event was organized by the Belarusian-Russian University and Mogilev City Executive Committee. Public associations and leading IT-companies of Belarus participated in the Festival as partners.
This year, the program expanded significantly: the Festival included 30 events and was attended by more than 2,000 people from Belarus, Russia, Poland, Georgia and Tajikistan.
The program of the Science Festival included master classes, exhibitions, public lectures, workshops, contests and Olympiads. For the first time, the City Olympiad in Materials Science and Materials Technology, the Republican Competition of Pedagogical Projects ‘I Have Got an Idea!’ and the quiz for high school students ‘Adrosha’ were held.
The Festival started with the exhibition ‘Science Yesterday and Today’. Leading scientists and students of Mogilev universities, partners and organizers of the Festival presented their activities, advanced technologies and scientific developments. In total, about 40 exhibits were shown.
For those who love art, an exhibition-competition of children’s drawings ‘I Paint Science’ was held. This year, 5-year-old Sofia was the youngest contestant. In total, more than 400 paintings were submitted to the competition, and 123 paintings were selected for the final round.
About 70 students and schoolchildren from Belarus and Russia took part in the International Open Olympiad of the Belarusian-Russian University in Deive Geometry and Drawing GRAPHO-2018. Students competed in the category ‘Deive Geometry’, and schoolchildren – in the category ‘Drawing’.
145 schoolchildren of 7th-11th grades from 100 educational institutions of Belarus and Russia took part in the International Research Competition ‘Mind Games’. 56 projects were selected for the final contest. Young scientists presented their projects in five areas: ‘Physics and Astronomy’, ‘Mathematics, Computer Science and Programming’, ‘Engineering’, ‘Biology and Ecology’, ‘Chemistry and Geography’ . Schoolchildren from Belarus and Russia submitted 60 educational videos to the International Film Festival ‘Fizikanskie L’vy’. The authors of the films expressed their views on the modern science. 21 videos were selected for the final round of the Film Festival.
24 students from Mogilev and 18 schoolchildren from Mogilev and Krichev took part in the Regional Team Olympiad for Students and Schoolchildren in Programming. This year, the format of the Olympiad changed: students and schoolchildren competed separately.
Besides, the Olympiad in Financial Literacy, Financial Market and Consumer Protection in Financial Services for schoolchildren of 10th-11th grades and the master class ‘Personal Financial Management in the Digital Economy’ took place as part of the Financial Forum. 60 schoolchildren from Mogilev, Minsk, Kalinkovichi, Kostiukovichi participated in the Olympiad. The Festival visitors interested in their financial well-being had the opportunity to attend the master class.
29 participants from 6 educational institutions of Mogilev and Bobruisk took part in a new competition of the Festival, the Mogilev City Olympiad in Materials Science and Technology Materials.
16 teams made up of students from schools, gymnasiums and colleges from Mogilev, Kostiukovichi and Kalinkovichi took part in the Youth Forum ‘Marketing-NEXT’. More than 60 contestants participated in the event. The contestants competed in the creativity contest ‘Battle of Creatives’ and in the quiz-game ‘Brendomania’. During the break between competitions, a public lecture ‘Career Guidance for School Students in Popular Areas of IT Specialties’ was given by one of the Festival’s partners, OOO IT-landia.
Projects presented at the Republican Competition of Pedagogical Projects ‘I Have Got an Idea!’ were focused on 6 areas: student research activities; student project activities; technical creativity; preparing students for the final exam (mathematics) and entrance exams in the form of centralized testing or unified state exam; organization and implementation of online educational projects; organization of energy saving and ecology activities with students. Forty projects were submitted to the Competition, and nine projects were selected for the final round.
This year, the key event of the Festival, the Olympiad of the Belarusian-Russian University in Mathematics MathOpen Belarus, celebrated its 10th anniversary. The participants competed in solving difficult mathematical problems for the 10th time. The initiator and organizer of the Olympiad is the Department of Higher Mathematics of the Belarusian-Russian University. The competition was attended by 52 undergraduate and graduate students from 23 higher educational institutions of 5 countries. The student of the AGH University of Science and Technology Tomash Bohatik (Krakow) was announced as the absolute winner of the Olympiad.
About 70 schoolchildren and students took part in the intellectual championship ‘Your Own Game’. In addition, during the three-day Festival, more than 600 people attended lectures given by leading lecturers, researchers of domestic and foreign educational institutions, and experts in various fields. The course ‘Fundamentals of Deep Learning for Computer Vision’ given in English by Dr. Pavel Morkish, a University Ambassador of the Nvidia Deep Learning Institute, was of particular interest. Pavel highlighted some issues concerning artificial intelligence, neural networks and deep learning. In addition, during the course, the participants trained the neural network to recognize images.
On the last day of the Festival, February 22, a solemn award ceremony honoring the winners and participants of the competitive events took place.
The administration of the Belarusian-Russian University would like to express gratitude to the organizers and participants of the 5th Mogilev Science Festival.