Space Exploration Day Celebrated With Master Classes and Workshops Across Moscow

Children got to work with aircraft prototypes, visited technical universities, and met with astronauts. 

Nearly 2,000 students from Moscow schools participated in Gagarin's Lessons which took place in local technology parks in early through mid-April. The lessons were organized in commemoration of the Space Exploration Day.

The program contained master classes, guided tours, and meetings with astronauts Sergey Ryazansky and Sergey Revin. Students at several technology parks were engaged in the construction and launch of nearly 50 rocket prototypes.  

Drones and Jet Fighters

At the Naukograd Technology Park, children got to learn about space-exploring robots and on-board computers that control spacecraft. 

Astronaut Sergey Ryzansky visited Naukograd and noted that Gagarin's Lessons is a very important initiative to foster patriotism in children, because they must know the history of their country and its heroes. In his opinion, such activities encourage youth's interest in science and technology.

“I am very pleased that children's technology parks, which are supervised by the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development, have joined this initiative. Thanks to the close cooperation of the department with Roskosmos and Russian Space Systems, a number of meetings with representatives of the industry were organized for students,” said the astronaut.

The Moscow Aviation Institute hosted a guided tour for students of the Trayektoriya Vzeta Technology Park. Among the tour's highlights was the hangar that was the birthplace of the world's first turbojet passenger airliner Yak-40.  Jet fighters Su-25, Su-27, MiG-21, MiG-29 were also assembled there. The students had an opportunity to learn to operate a drone and compete in an interactive aviation and astronautics game.

Space Travel Maps and Black Holes

At the Verticalny Vzlet Technology Park, children were assembling an all-terrain vehicle and mastering computer animation. They could join one of the four teams in the Space Vacation program. One team was programming a space rover, another was making an animated movie with special effects, the third one was creating maps for space travelers, while the fourth team covered the whole event as journalists. After three days of intensive studies, the students assembled and launched their own mock rockets, made a presentation of their works, and received certificates of attendance.

Engineerium organized a tour of the Bauman Technical University that included a visit to the Youth Space Mission Control Center and a quest “In the Footsteps of Sergei Pavlovich Korolev”.

“In today's highly competitive space technology market environment, it is important to train new personnel capable of interdisciplinary collaboration, and it is necessary to begin while they are still at school. In our courses, we try to combine design engineering and materials science. And although their rockets are made of paper, these children are quite likely someday to build rockets of composite materials and advamce our space industry,” said Margarita Stoyanova, head of the Engineerium project at the Bauman Technical University.

The engineering and creativity school Kulibin Pro hosted a lecture on life on other planets and the secrets of black holes. 

Students of cosmonautics at Mosgormash put together an exhibition of their projects and visited VDNKh's Space Pavilion and Buran Museum Complex. 

Dmitry Satykov, head of Modern Cosmonautics Lab, says children must know early on that space exploration is one of the greatest achievements of mankind. “Children get invaluable experience while working on projects, participating in contests and, I hope, they will be just as interested in the subject once they begin their university studies and later in their professional careers,” said he.

Gagarin's Lessons are held on April 12 in dozens of countries around the world. Kindergartens and schools in Russia began to organize such lessons in 2017. Last year, Moscow children's technology parks joined the project. 

The first children's technology park opened in the city in 2016. It provided children with an additional opportunity to get acquainted with disciplines beyond the curriculum and learn more about modern technical professions. Every year, more than 60 thousand students attend classes at technology parks throughout Moscow.

Two more children's technology parks are expected to appear in the city this year. They will be based at  the Russian Technological University and the Mendeleev University of Chemistry and Technology.  By the year 2020, the number of people taking classes at Moscow's technology parks is expected to reach 80 thousand per year.


18 april 2019