Polar Probe Designed by Moscow High Schoolers to Be Tested in Arctic Conditions

The probe is designed to gather climatic data in polar conditions. It will be delivered to the Borneo base by participants of the Great Arctic Expedition. 

Since early March, students of engineering classes from Moscow public schools have been designing a polar probe prototype at Skolkovo Innovation Center. Participants of the Great Arctic Expedition will delivered the prototype to the Borneo base. 

“This year, a test version of the probe created by students of engineering classes will be sent to the Arctic. We will check how the batteries work, how the signal is transmitted, and whether the casing is reliable. After that, the probe will be brought to Moscow for improvement,” said Ignat Ignatov, computer science teacher and head of the Barneo scientific team.

Later, the students will have to create a full-fledged version of the polar probe. The device, which is scheduled to be sent to the Arctic next year, will collect data on air temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, and other meteorological conditions and transmit them to Moscow-based research centers. 

Students of engineering classes from schools no. 1298, 2072, 1454, and the South-West educational complex are working on the project. At their disposal are 3D printers, laser machines and other devices and technologies provided by Skolkovo.

“Each of us is doing his or her job: some of us act as designers, others – as engineers. For example, I was programming and tuning electronic sensors inside the probe. We all look forward to seeing the test results. It will be great if things work out well, because after that we are going to work on a full-fledged polar probe that will be equipped with more serious components,” said Artem Baryshev, a 10-th grade student from School no. 1298.

103 educational institutions take part in the Moscow Engineering Class project. Classes are taught by instructors from 23 top technical universities and representatives of more than a hundred high-tech companies from the ICT, construction, transportation, security and defense industries. Under the guidance of professionals, schoolchildren learn programming, prototyping, robotics, additive technologies and more.

Source: mos.ru

11 april 2019