Scientific research of Russian schoolchildren

    On May 1 , a contest of popular science works started on our project “Living Science” . The main theme of the competition corresponds to the theme of the site itself - "Science and technology around us" and "Science and technology with their own hands." Mainly, the competition is aimed at the work of schoolchildren, which they conduct at home, at school or in some circles.

    Before the official launch of the contest, I, as the organizer, thought for a long time whether it would arouse any interest. Maybe all the circles fell apart, all the palaces of the youth’s creativity were closed, the teachers work at the school just to give lessons, and the children are sitting at computers with no problems? But, fortunately (and to my considerable surprise), everything turned out to be much better!

    Already now (May 18th) on my computer there are 15 finished works sent from various regions. 8 of them are already posted on the site, the rest are being prepared. And judging by the questions asked, the work will come again and again.

    You can object - well, what can these schoolchildren do there? It is unlikely that something serious and, moreover, something useful ... Wait, wait - have you read them? Of course, there are simple works, but there are also complex ones that can pull on term paper at a university. For example, this one - “Comparative analysis of packaged black tea”. Everyone drinks tea from bags, but hardly anyone wonders what quality it is. And the students took, researched and wrote the results. Great practical benefit, in my opinion. A lot of work on ecology and everything related to human health. Of those placed - an analysis of the soil in the Moscow region, of those that will be laid out in the coming days - an analysis of drinking water, an analysis of the well-known aspirin (I really didn’t think there could be anything ...), an analysis of dyes in food. Everything is relevant, everything is in demand - we eat, drink and breathe every day.

    The submitted work is traditionally presented with the requirement of visibility (availability of photos and video materials, and not just bare text). It is hoped that this will help other schools to conduct similar studies or somehow develop the topic. It is much easier to look at a picture and immediately understand everything than to read 5 paragraphs of text. In general, chains of research would be an ideal option - one experiment is being made, discussed, another is being made on its basis, and so on. But this is a distant and bright future.

    The ongoing competition showed several more important points.

    First, of course, involving children in some kind of research work, organizing their leisure time. It turns out that there are still parents and teachers who can interest their children / students, teach them practical skills, tell, explain and show. An example of work - two home-made products for changing the pressure and determining the approaching rain - was made by a third-grader with his father. Despite its simplicity, it performed well.

    Secondly, practicality . I do not know how many times I have already said this word, I will repeat it again. We live in reala world where every day there are a lot of small problems and tasks. And they need to be solved, which is quite within the power of the same students. And if we don’t decide, they accumulate like a snowball. It is necessary to equip everyday life before moving on to more complex things. Why invest in Chubais (ba) nanotechnology if, excuse me, our roof leaks in our house? I’ll get into politics a little, but, in my opinion, innovation is like tinsel for the younger generation. Like, let's make new technologies and live long, happily and, most importantly, richly. A beautiful fairy tale, but distracting from real things. I was sent here one work about nanotechnology, a clean review based on Internet materials. I ask the student - and, in fact, what did you do in this area? The answer was obvious - nothing. That's exactly where the school of nanotechnology comes from. It would be better to solder some device ...

    Third, the prospect . Fortunately, there is a prospect. Such children need to be supported in every possible way (this is what the competition is aimed at). After all, in 10-15 years they will turn out to be good engineers, scientists, and just workers with normal straight arms growing out of their shoulders, and not from anywhere. You can paraphrase the words of one person who made his small financial contribution to the contest:

    I did not even suspect that there were still so many schoolchildren who were interested not to sit around the clock in funny farmers and other WWI, but to engage in research activities.

    So I wish you success and thank you for such a project. It's nice to know that our country has a future :)

    I think there is nothing to add. With such children, we really have a future.

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