On February 1, the final stage of the Zvezda (Star) Multidisciplinary Engineering Olympiad, one of the most broad-scale school Olympiads in the Russian Federation, started at South Ural State University. The event takes place at 85 venues in our country.
SUSU is the main coordinator of the Olympiad along with the Russian Engineering Union, and 68 leading Russian universities are co-organizers. The winner’s or prize-winner's certificate of the Olympiad allows the applicant to receive benefits when entering almost any university.
On February 1 and 2, the final stages in the subjects of Materials Technology and Natural Sciences took place at the venue of the largest university in the Chelyabinsk region. SUSU Deputy Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Yulia Bolotina spoke about how certificates of winners or prize-winners of the Olympiad are taken into consideration when applying for the university admission:
"These subjects are included in the list of school Olympiads of the Russian Rectors' Union. If applicants enter any engineering and natural-science training programmes, for which Physics or Specialized Mathematics are to be passed, then, having gained 75 points in the Unified State Examination in the subject, they receive state-funded education outside the enrolment competition. This means that their points are immediately equated to 300. If they enrol for the training programme, which contains only specialized mathematics, and score 75 or more points for it, then these will be counted as 100 points for this subject."
Participation in the Olympiad allows future applicants to objectively assess their level of knowledge in each subject. It is also important that universities take into account the results of the Olympiad over the past five years. This means that certificates of winners or prize-winners of Olympiads received by current pupils of the 8th and 9th forms will still be valid at the time of their admission to the university.
"I am studying in the 8th form in the city of Chelyabinsk. I decided to take part in the Olympiad for the first time, because we were told that in the future it could give us advantages when entering the university. I want to choose some creative profession related to design or journalism, but high scores in Mathematics will always be useful, no matter what I choose," said Kseniia Maksimova, participant of the Olympiad.
Every year, interest in the Olympiads is growing among younger pupils as well. Schoolchildren, starting from the 6th form, have the opportunity to test their knowledge in such subjects as Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Russian Language and History.
Dmitrii Zyrianov, a student of the 6th form from the city of Kopeysk: "Today I am participating in the Olympiad in Natural Sciences, because I like this subject, and I study well. I don’t know yet who I want to become in the future, but I like such professions as engineer or architect."
Let us note that the Zvezda Olympiad is aimed at developing and stimulating schoolchildren's interest in research and engineering activities and motivating them to enter engineering specialties.