Childrearing, molecular gastronomy and robots: The end of the Back to School Festival

Childrearing, molecular gastronomy and robots: The end of the Back to School Festival
Festival-goers can take part in workshops on molecular gastronomy, healthy food, robotic engineering, programming and algorithmics at the coming weekend.

The Back to School Festival will conclude with an amazing educational programme on the weekend of 3−4 September. The festival offers schoolchildren and their parents workshops on robotic engineering and cooking molecular gastronomy food, as well as lectures on raising children and literature readings. Below is the schedule of the most interesting events of the coming weekend.

Saturday, 3 September

Childrearing and success in school

A lecture by Alexander Kolmanovsky, School Difficulties and Parental Love, will interest parents and grandparents. It will start at 1 pm at the Russian Language and Literature venue on Pushkinskaya Square.

An outstanding psychologist, an expert in family relations and a teacher at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Mr Kolmanovsky will speak about the influence that a child’s upbringing at home has on academic performance and school success, and answer questions.

Useful contact for would-be bloggers

All those who dream of becoming a renowned journalist or popular blogger can visit the Dance and Creative Work venue at 11 Novy Arbat, at 4 pm.

Journalist Yulia Rabkina will share her secrets for finding an audience and keeping it interested, as well as creating and selling good texts.

Molecular gastronomy and healthy food

The cooking school at the Mathematics venue in the Novopushkinsky public garden welcomes all those who want to learn about the fundamentals of molecular gastronomy.

Participants in the MasterChef Junior television series Alexei Starostin and Pavel Kuznetsov will teach visitors how to cook warm savarins with raspberry ice-cream and mint syrup at 2 pm and salmon tartare with avocado and forest berries at 3.30 pm.

Anastasia Pyrskaya, a cooking school graduate, will hold lessons for those who follow healthy eating principles.

The first lesson, at 6 pm, will be dedicated to two types of magic grains: bulgur and quinoa.

The second lesson, at 7.30 pm, will deal with vegetables and dips.

Workshops for young roboteers

Would-be robotics engineers can visit the Sport and the Future venue at 19 Novy Arbat, which will feature lessons as part of the Robotics League project.

A workshop, Pirates of the Caribbean, will start at 12 pm. Its instructors will make young participants robotics engineers and tell them about the nuances of engineering and programming. Children will assemble their first robot and learn how to program it.

The Lost Mars Rover workshop will start at 1.45 pm. Children will help the robot find the missing vehicle. But will it be happy about its finding? Young engineers will have an opportunity to assemble an unusual robot, learn how to work it, get familiar with the fundamentals of algorithmics and tackle interesting tasks and fun exercises.

Sunday, 4 September

Literary readings about the kindest police officer

The story about the kindest police officer will come to life at the Russian Language and Literature venue on Pushkinskaya Square. At 2 pm, renowned actor and TV presenter Alexander Oleshko will read excerpts from Sergei Mikhalkov’s poetic tetralogy, Uncle Styopa. The event is suited for preschoolers and primary school students.

Haute cuisine from young masterchefs

The cooking school at the Mathematics venue in the Novopushkinsky public garden will continue holding lessons with participants of the MasterChef Junior television series.

At 2 pm, Alexei Starostin and Alisa Mazyane will teach visitors how to cook glazed nectarines and plums with a condensed milk mousse, and clam chowder, a seafood soup, at 3.30 pm.

At 5 pm, following the children’s workshops, Yelizaveta Krylatova, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, one of the world’s most prestigious cooking schools, and a participant in numerous TV cooking projects, will invite everyone to a workshop on cooking healthy breakfasts: energy cereal bars and porridge with berries.

Pirates and lost Mars rover

Young roboteers who were not able to go to workshops on Saturday can visit them at the Sport and the Future venue at 19 Novy Arbat.

The Pirates of the Caribbean workshop will start at 6 pm, and the Lost Mars Rover workshop will start at 7 pm.

The Back to School Festival runs from 24 August through 4 September. It is one of the numerous Moscow Seasons series of street events. Moscow residents and guests can visit 33 festival venues around the city. The venue features performances, theatrical shows, sports and educational workshops, programmes by leading museums and research centres, and concerts.

More information about the venues is available at the mos.ru project page.