Today, on January 17th, Kid Inventors' Day is celebrated around the world. This holiday is for young scientists, who despite their young age invent many interesting and useful devices to make our world a better place.
There are more and more young discoverers and kid scientists nowadays. This happens, among other things, thanks to the support from the government authorities and various educational institutions.
It is not for the first year now that South Ural State University is fulfilling the Step into the Future intellectual and social program for school pupils and youth. It is aimed at supporting young talents in science.
“As a former head of the Patent Office of Chelyabinsk Polytechnic Institute named by Lenin’s Komsomol, member of the Chelyabinsk Regional Council of the All-Union Society of Inventors and Efficiency Experts, and the Honoured inventor within the USSR, I have been engaged in supporting kids and young researchers as part of the Step into the Future South Urals intellectual and social program for school pupils and youth for 30 years now. On January 23rd at 14:00 a closing ceremony of the 31st Step into the Future South Urals Intellectual Youth Forum will be held in the SUSU Assembly Hall. Among the forum participants were more than six thousand South Urals school pupils (2nd–11th forms). At the ceremony we will announce the absolute winners in various forum categories, and the teams will be awarded the Step into the Future Science Cups in nominations: Best School; Best Gymnasium; Best Lyceum; Best Educational Centre; and other nominations. Following the forum results, 70 best researchers of the South Urals have been recommended for participation in the International Forum for Scientific Youth “Step into the Future” in Moscow, and 10 laureates have filed their applications for participation in the Sozvezdie (Constellation) Russian Olympiad for Kids and Young Scientist in the city of Korolyov. Namely such intellectuals and researchers can become real inventors in the future!” shares Evgenii Kuzmin, Deputy Head of the Analytics, and Teaching and Learning Support Office of the SUSU Academic Services Department, coordinator of the Step into the Future program.
The date of the celebration was chosen for a purpose: on this day, in 1706, Benjamin Franklin had been born; he had been a diplomat, philosopher, scientist, American statesman, and inventor, and had patented his first innovation at the age of 12.