Wanting to challenge their creativity and intelligence in technology and science, 40 Russian students competed in the Inventor of the XXI Century competition, which was held Friday through Sunday in Yekaterinburg.
The tournament consists of two levels. During the first level in May, the students, ages 7 to 17, worked on 33 projects related to inventions and teamwork. Last weekend's second round was intended to test the participants’ technological skills.
As part of the competition, participants must create inventions, present their projects, answer questions and attend classes about physics, technology and engineering.
For his project, Timothy Kormin invented a robotic stage that can move along the surface of water.
“The main platform is based on the screw, and battery life is achieved with the help of solar panels and a Fresnel lens," Kormin said. "The robot could be suitable for exploring the countryside, wildlife, rescue operations and defense activities."
In addition to the academic challenge, the competition is a chance to explore career and education options. The grand prize is a two-day trip to Russia's Ural Federal University.