Kazakhstan is starting to support for young and talented people. Specialized courses have been opened for them in schools and various educational grants are allocated annually. “I'm an engineer” project was launched in eastern Kazakhstan. The project is based on the experience of the regional physics and mathematics lyceum. Today, the school offers leading IT-education and engineering training for schoolchildren. Its experience is being applied not only in the region but also across the country.
SAIRANGUL ZHUMADILOVA, DEPUTY HEAD OF REGIONAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT:
IT-educational program of development was adopted in the country for the first time. This program has been successfully developed at the school. Now the experience of the school is introduced in all districts and cities of eastern Kazakhstan as a pilot project titled “Daryndy Mektep”. IT-classes have been introduced everywhere.
The school students are already demonstrating their achievements. Even the youngest ones can create complex objects. First grade school student Kseniya Klygina has already designed her first robot - Lunokhod.
KSENIYA KLYGINA, SCHOOL STUDENT:
We have a space industry . The first man flew to space from our country! And I love the space robotics!
Older children do not simply collect but learn to program the robots.
High school students from Astana and Almaty have already received job offers in the domestic IT-companies. Some employers intend to pay for the college degrees of the winners of the 17th All-Russian Programming Olympiad. The young Kazakh team of software programmers outperformed more than 200 competititors. According to the standings Sanzhar Bidaybek, Askhat Zhalgasov and Nurbakyt Madibek solved 9 tasks out of 11. Kazakh students were awarded diplomas of the 1st degree.
ASKHAT ZHALGASOV, SCHOOL STUDENT, EDUCATIONAL INNOVATIVE LYCEUM:
Our team aimed to enter the top 5. That was our goal. We did not expect to become winners. For the first time the team from Kazakhstan won the Olympiad. This had never happened before.
Technology parks, opening across the country, are aimed at helping young scientists in research. The first park is already operating in Aktobe. This is a major laboratory base, where the best minds of the region will be engaged in research activities, based on the real needs of enterprises. The park includes a research library, an exhibition of innovative projects and high-tech development, and several laboratories.
KUANTAY ABDIKALIKOV, HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY PARK:
There are three science labs in the technology park - information-measuring systems, utilization of technogenic waste, and the third is a scientific engineering laboratory. At the technopark, I think, the students will be able to receive science-intensive knowledge.