Levitator, dance of the molecules and agbot: Scientific programme on Tverskaya Street on City Day

Levitator, dance of the molecules and agbot: Scientific programme on Tverskaya Street on City Day
Moscow Anniversary 870 festival visitors will be able to watch a ballet about chemical processes, take a ride on an unmanned electric bus and take a look at technical innovations by Moscow scientists all on one of Moscow’s main boulevards.

Moscow is a city where science has always been a priority. Visitors will be able to see this for themselves on City Day on Tverskaya Street.

On 9 and 10 September an interactive exhibition will open at the Moscow Invents venue, from Voznesensky to Stoleshnikova pereuloks. Visitors will be able to see the advanced developments being made by Moscow companies, including an unmanned electric bus and an agricultural robot.

Visitors will also be able to watch a unique ballet. Using movements and stage props, dancers will demonstrate various chemical processes. The Pryamaya Rech Lectorium will host a lecture series called Great Muscovites, where visitors will learn about Moscow’s most prominent figures in science.

There also will be actors portraying young scientists. They will hold games and quizzes and tell people about interactive objects and exhibits – both the newest inventions and the inventions that have long become the major milestones in the history of science and technology.

The Made in Moscow project will offer visitors a ride in a new unmanned electric bus Matryoshka, which has already been put to use at Moscow’s Kalibr Techology Park and Sochi’s Olympic Park.

Visitors at the festival will also see an agricultural robot, or agbot. This “agbot” can plant seeds with millimetric precision and take care of every plant individually, determining how much water and fertilizer it needs. The robot can also remove weeds and report its progress on social networks.

There will also be a full-size liquid-fueled rocket engine, which was designed by engineer Valentin Glushko in the 1960s. It was used in spacecraft in the Luna, Venera and Mars space missions, Salyut and Mir space stations, and is still used in cosmonautics today. Visitors will be able to see autojector – a unique machine which began the development of heart surgery. It was designed by a Moscow physiologist Sergei Bryukhonenko. Autojector was the first machine in history to pump blood in place of the heart during an operation.

There will also be a collection of physical instruments from the 20th century and several instruments manufactured at the first Russian steam-powered factory owned by the Tryndin family from Moscow.

A binocular will open the world of virtual reality to visitors. With this new device users will be able to see the historical panorama of Tverskaya Street and adjacent streets, as well an aerial view of Kremlin, through 3D space.

On City Day Muscovites and tourists will not just be able to learn about science – they will be able to literally get in touch with it. At the Moscow Invents venue visitors will be able to enjoy interactive scientific pieces of art, such as a levitator, mannequins for medical training, an anatomy tag game, a mechanical calendar and many others items.

The main stage will host a ballet showing various chemical processes. During the short performance called The Dance of the Molecules, by choreographer Alexandra Rudnik, dancers will demonstrate properties of chemical elements and show how they form compounds using movements and interacting with both stage props and each other. During the photosynthesis performance six dancers will show visitors the same-name process key to the existence of life on Earth.

The Pryamaya Rech Lectorium’s agenda will feature about 100 lectures, workshops and science shows. Visitors will learn about famous scientists and inventors who worked and lived in Moscow, such as prominent medical doctors Nikolai Pirogov and Alexander Bakulev, physicists Pyotr Kapitsa and Vitaly Ginzburg, and natural scientist Kliment Timiryazev.