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St. Petersburg Mining University starts training its applicants from the age of 8

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For the seventh time, Empress Catherine II Saint Petersburg Mining University participates in the inter-museum and university festival "To Museum - Today, to Science - Tomorrow!". During the week it will be visited by about 150 schoolchildren from different educational institutions of the city and region, as well as their parents and teachers.
This time the staff of the first technical university of the country prepared three interactive programs at once. Children of 8-10 years old go "on the footsteps of incredible animals" in order to study the evolution of life on Earth, and learn the basics of the profession of a paleontologist. At the master class they are offered to use a brush to find plaster casts of paw prints in a pile of sand and guess which of the animals they may belong to. Older pupils get acquainted with minerals and minerals, which are rich in the Russian subsoil, trying themselves as mineralogists or geologists. For example, on one of the practical tasks they separate metallic, non-metallic, water and combustible rocks using a magnet. For adults there is a sightseeing tour of the museum, separate from children.

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"Mining University has always taken an active position in popularizing science among children. It is important for us to educate a new generation of entrants who aim to become engineers or scientists in the future. Such interactive events motivate schoolchildren to pay more attention to the study of mathematics, physics, chemistry and to enter a specialized university in the future," said Ksenia Tumanina, a leading engineer of the Mining Museum and one of the curators of the event.

Requests for a visit to the Mining Museum during the festival came from parents and teachers of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region. For example, a group of children from secondary school No. 270 in Krasnoye Selo traveled more than 30 kilometers to visit the museum. But in the opinion of teacher Yulia Zinovieva, who accompanied the children, it was worth it.

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"In my opinion, events of this format are very important. They not only increase interest in studying the school program in biology, physics, chemistry, geography, but also help to determine further career guidance. The children learn more about different professions, get acquainted with universities and their infrastructural opportunities. I am sure that in the future, when they are faced with the choice of a specific career path, many will decide to link their lives with technical specialties. In particular, thanks to the interactive program that Mining University held for them today," said Yulia Zinovieva.

Entire families come to the Mining Museum. Among the visitors there are those who are curious to learn more about minerals and minerals, and those who decided to take a look at the university where their relatives once studied.

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"My spouse's parents met and married while they were studying at Mining University. My dad was best man at their wedding. Despite the fact that my husband and I have chosen a different professional direction, my youngest daughter, who is 11 years old, enthusiastically goes to the geology club. In the future she plans to enter Mining", - says Svetlana Dmitrieva, who came to the interactive program with her daughter.

The results of the inter-museum and university festival "To the Museum - Today, to Science - Tomorrow!" will be summed up on March 31.