Students from the Institute of Natural Sciences at Ural Federal University (UrFU) recently won the bronze medal at the fifth International Tournament of Natural Sciences in St. Petersburg.
The tournament tests teams on their ability to practically apply solutions to scientific problems. It is a multidisciplinary event, calling together students of chemistry, biology, physics and engineering sciences.
Judges posed a variety of scenarios to the students, including those involving technology that will safely destroy hogweed and the proper diet for Mars colonizers. Other scenarios were about building solar panels on the moon and technology that could extract silicon of regolith from its source. However improbable the scenario seemed, the students had to invent a practical solution, explain their hypothesis to the audience and defend their stance against an opposing team.
The UrFU students included Anna Zykov, Anastasia Galaida, Nicolas Zimnitskiy, Boris Politov and Maxim Kovrizhnykh.
Other than their loss against two joint teams (TSNU and St. Petersburg State University as well as the Belarusian State University and the Belarusian Academy of Sciences), the UrFU students surpassed contestants from Indonesia and India in the preliminary rounds.