Between 14 and 15 March, Roboart–2020 was held in Voronezh. 1,050 people from 22 regions of the Russian Federation came to take part in the sixth festival of robotics. On the first day, the festival took place in the municipal Creativity Centre for Children and Young People. The guests and participant could visit lectures, seminars, master classes on popular and scientific topics, and an exhibition of self-made robots.
Irina Kochetova, pre-school teacher from the kindergarten “Electronic” and the pre-schooners, Viktoria Kiseleva and Georgy Frolov, demonstrated a miniature of the Gorky park in Perm constructed of Lego blocks and a robot which helps recycle garbage. The park project was the winner in the nomination “Models and mechanisms”:
“It is our first time at Roboart, we just wanted to give it a try. We have taken part in local competitions at different levels. In Voronezh we immediately became favourites. We are very happy!”
The next day, Roboart moved to the rooms of the main building of Voronezh State University. At the opening ceremony, the participants were welcomed by the university administration, representatives of the Department of Digital Development of the Voronezh region, and partner companies of the festival.
“Dear friends, I wish you health and to have a strong immune system. I am very glad that the very best inventors of our country are gathered at VSU. It is pleasing to know that robotics is developing as a kind of technical creativity. Our university has a programme in robotics and mechatronics. And we are very interested in talented and motivated students who could enrol in this programme. I wish you good luck! Thank you for coming!” said VSU Rector Dmitry Endovitsky.
Sergey Konovaluk, the Head of the company INTERKHROS, wished the participants to keep on developing and to follow their dreams:
“I am sure you all have you expectations with regard to the festival. Some of you will become a winner, some won’t. I wish you all to keep the faith and believe that one day your developments will really make somebody’s life better! Be bold! And remember that if you enter this university you will get a chance to improve both your creative and professional skills. As for us, we are waiting for you to join our team!”
The programme of the second day included robot races, an exhibition, project contests, and other competitions. Nikita Serduk, a fifth grade schoolboy from Rostov-on-Don and a representative of the Tobotrack club, won in the nomination “Cosmonautics” (Robotics). Nikita Serduk and Kirill Kislenko had prepared a project that consisted of a replica of the Korolev crater, a research probe, and a presentation and a quiz dedicated to the study of the crater:
“I took part in the festival for the first time. My friend Kirill Kislenko and I showed a copy of a research probe which was the first to discover and take a photo of the Korolev crater on Mars. Can you imagine – this crater is made of water ice! As a result of this discovery the scientist assumed that there could have been life on Mars some time ago! I constructed the research probe and made the presentation and the quiz. It wasn’t an easy task, I had to work a lot to achieve my goal. I liked everything at Roboart: starting with the decorations of the rooms to the atmosphere in general.”
Akim Goncharov from the Volgograd Kvantorium technopark brought a smart velomobile which could be used to colonise the moon:
“My friend and I took part in the exhibition in the category “Transport”. We presented a smart velomobile, a means of transport for the future colonisation of the moon. Our invention would enable moon rovers to work without interruption with the help of an alternative power supply which would be installed on the roof. The models would be able to work on the moon for a limited period of time. When they run out of power they will still be able to go on exploring the moon. This year, there were a lot of work dedicated to environmental problems and energy saving resources. I think this is good. It is important not only to program but also take care of the environment and try to make the world around us a better place.”
Matvey Lamot from Borisoglebsk presented his project “Automatic rubbish bin”:
“The idea of my work is as follows: a sensor detects movement and the lid of the rubbish bin opens and closes automatically. These bins can be installed indoors or outdoors. It will be very convenient. Truth be told, I borrowed the idea from the Internet, but I improved it. I used a new approach.”
Maxim Kotov from the Tambov Kvantorium children's technopark suggested a project dedicated to alternative sources of energy:
“It’s my first visit to Roboart. However, I have already taken part in various robotics competitions in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. Today, my girlfriend and I are presenting our project called “Winged cats”. It is an alternative source of energy using oscillatory diffusion. For example, if a bird lands on a street lamp it causes diffusion and a Tesla coil will transform this into electricity. I hope that one day our project will be put into mass production.”
Alexey Fedotov, the Director of the "Experimental technical school", told us what made him really impressed:
“Traditionally, Roboart is a platform for exchanging experience and meeting people with the same interests. We have competitions for children with skills at any level. This year, we held the first 3D-modelling competition with the support of VSU. The participants had to model a device, print it out on a 3-D printer, and assemble it. The standard of these works is so high that it can be quite a challenge even for first or second year students of specialised faculties! It’s amazing how children invent different ways to solve tasks. Their projects are interesting and well-thought out.”
The winners of the festival received certificates and presents from the sponsors of the festival.