Fifth children’s technology park to open in northern Moscow
On 9 December, the fifth technology park for children, located in the Kalibr technology park, will open in northern Moscow at 9/1 Godovikova Street. In this technology park, children will learn to create animation for augmented and virtual reality as well as 3D models, by using state-of-the-art equipment and software.
“This children’s technology park was created in the Kalibr technology park. Children between the ages of 14 and 17 will be able to study here,” said Alexei Fursin, Head of the Moscow Department for Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship. “Students of these courses will learn to create animated scenes with Kalibrotechnoman – a character developed specifically for this purpose. By the end of the year, we are planning to open seven more children’s technology parks in Moscow.”
Children will be able to choose between four courses. The course called 3D Modelling Basics will teach them to create 3D models of objects. In the course Computer Animation and Motion Capture Technology, students will learn to animate characters and create special effects using a modern software and hardware system. In Computer Animation in Virtual Reality, they will be able to develop projects for VR headsets.
Computer Animation in Augmented Reality will let children create animated characters which will come to life with the help of state-of-the-art augmented reality glasses.
The courses were developed in collaboration with Moscow Polytechnic University and St Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics.
Each course lasts for 36 academic hours. Children will be divided into groups based on their level of knowledge. To sign up, visit the iMoscow website (registration begins on 9 December). For more information, call 8 495 730 09 19. To learn more about the schedule and course fees, visit the technology park. A trial lesson is free.
The first two children’s technology parks opened in Moscow in 2016. The first one, located in the Mosgormash technology park, offers training in cosmonautics, robotics and geoinformatics. The other one is located at the Moscow Technopolis, and has classes in the following fields: aeromodelling, robotics, nanotechnologies, industrial design and information technologies. Over 5,000 students have taken the courses already. In November 2017, the Bytic technology park opened in Troitsk (Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas). In December, another children’s technology park opened at the Moscow Packaging Centre.
The city is planning to create a whole system of children’s technology parks. This will require joint efforts of secondary and higher education institutions, technology park resident companies and industrial enterprises. Their common goal is to help students make a career choice and provide skilled staff for hi-tech companies. The most successful students will sign a deferred employment contract with a company – the industrial partner – who will employ them after they complete their education.