Engineering students displayed more than 1,000 inventions at the Moscow Engineers of the Future Conference held at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute (National Research University) from 18 to 20 April. Students' inventions in robotics, tool engineering, physics, chemistry, 3D design and IT were evaluated by experts of technical universities and specialised enterprises.
Better than a drone
Daria Andryushchenko, Denis Sovtsov and Gleb Min, 8th form students of School No. 1747, have developed an upgraded version of a drone. Their helium-driven multi-functional hybrid aircraft named Caspar can hover for days due to low energy consumption. There is also a special app developed by the students to control the device.
"Our invention can be used for long-term photo and video shooting, crime control in the city streets, monitoring crops growth in agriculture," the young inventors said.
This unique aircraft was demonstrated at the intelligent robotic systems and unmanned vehicles workshop running at the conference for the first time this year.
Students of School No. 2045 Fyodor Shkurgan and Viktoria Shamonskaya have invented a special guiding glove with built-in distance and sound sensors to help visually impaired people to navigate. Just put it on your hand. The sensors are attached to the glove, not to the body.
"By simply moving his or her hand, a blind person will be able to detect obstacles at any height with the glove buzzer, and the closer the obstacle, the louder it buzzes. One of the device's advantages is that blind people can be employed at sorting and packaging facilities," the students said about their invention's advantages.
The guiding glove is comfortable and not big. Powered by an efficient and self-sustainable portable battery, it has quite an affordable price.
A Cap of Invisibility
An invention named 'A Cap of Invisibility' was demonstrated by Sergei Muravyov, Viktoria Posedkina and Daniil Turbin, 9th form students from School No. 2127. The teenagers have developed a unique meta-material making objects invisible to radars.
"This cellular meta-material is actually visible, but the objects covered with it become invisible to radar, as it is resistant to radar waves," explained the school students.
The children have developed their invention under the guidance of the Invisibility Physics study group teacher Maria Kozhokar and an Associate Professor of the National University of Science and Technology MISiS Alexei Basharin. The experiments will continue. The major goal of today is to make the meta-material cheaper.
Robotics for 1st form kids
Artyom Arbuzov, Alexander Chinenov and Artyom Gaevsky, 10th form students of the South-West Educational Centre, have developed an engineer kit for 1st form kids to help them learn robotics. Most of the parts are 3D printed, the rest are made using a laser beam machine.
"We offer children to complete several tasks using this engineer kit, like connecting the parts and solving a puzzle, construct a bear (a popular animated series character) and a robot. Its parts are made of green material ― plywood. The robot prototype the teacher demonstrates at the beginning of the lesson is made of plastic. The plastic robot can move, but the plywood one can't, since it is only a frame. We hope this will help to get 1st form students interested in robotics,'' said the engineer kit developers.
Engineering Class in Moscow School project brings together Moscow educational institutions, 23 major technical universities and more than a hundred high-tech enterprises. Engineering classes are available at 103 Moscow schools, with more than 8,000 students.