School students from 16 countries learned to create new materials at the VR laboratory

School students from 16 countries participated in the virtual laboratory project of making items of polymer composites, developers from the Inginirium Bauman MSTU reported.

«Мы давно работаем с юными композитчиками и «погружаем» их в разработку и создание новых материалов, такого еще никто не делал. Ребятам это нравится, это интересно. В дальнейшем мы надеемся, что школьники со всего мира заинтересуются в инженерных специальностях и придут учиться в МГТУ им. Н.Э. Баумана на профильные специальности», — прокомментировал директор Межотраслевого инжинирингового центра «Композиты России» Владимир Нелюб.

“We have been working with young composite makers for quite a while and immerse them into development and creation of new materials, which is something no one has ever done. The children like it and find it interesting. Hopefully, the school students all over the world get interested with engineering professions and come to study at the Bauman MSTU in the relevant majors,” commented Vladimir Nelyub, Director of the Intersectoral Engineering Centre ‘Composites of Russia’.

He also stated that the senior school students may try the role of composite engineers with the aid of VR glasses or a regular computer. To do this, apply online for participation in a virtual laboratory project of making items from polymer composites by vacuum infusion. The exclusive feature of the laboratory project is that it occurs in virtual reality. Having put the VR glasses on, a listener gets into a virtual laboratory where he or she needs, by using various materials, mould the item and impregnate it. 

About 250 persons have already passed a free laboratory project from the Bauman MSTU and Rossotrudnichestvo. 

In 2019, the VR laboratory hosted Composite Battle VR – the first international hackathon on application of the augmented and virtual reality in learning of engineering disciplines. The composite hackathon was attended by 45 school students from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Slovakia, Uzbekistan, and Croatia.

The VR laboratory was developed by Bauman MSTU S&EC (Inginirium Bauman MSTU) with support from the grant programme of Rossotrudnichestvo, as part of the Human Resources for the Digital Economy federal project within the scope of the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation nationwide programme.

The mission of Rossotrudnichestvo is to secure Russian geopolitical interests by promoting cultural exchange, education and new technologies as well as to build strong relations and cooperation worldwide at the highest level of professionalism, efficiency and sustainability. The events are held as part of the federal project Human Resources for Digital Economy in line with the national programme Digital Economy of the Russian Federation.