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While the Western countries spend time teaching children nonsense like “gender identity” studies, Russian children are being taught how to create usable satellites. Yes you heard that right, these high school aged students are creating spacefaring technology before they are even old enough for college.
This satellite is called “SiriusSat”, named after the Sirius school for gifted children which the students attend. The school trains children in three primary fields of Science, Art, and Sports, without wasting the students time on frivolous studies.
Russian TV does an excellent overview of the school and the students recent accomplishments.
Transcript follows below:
"Russian Kids Put School Project Into Space: What Will They Be Capable of When They’re Older!??
This week, cosmonauts of ISS Expedition 55 Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopiev walked in space for over 8 hours. They had much to do. The cosmonauts put two nanosatellites into orbit, among other things. These devices will provide live data about space weather. Interestingly, these satellites were assembled by Russian students of the Sirius educational center, where talented kids from all over Russia live and study.
Mariya Saushkina went to the unique camp on the Black Sea to meet the young geniuses.
“- I'm in position for the launch.
- I'm ready.
- Launch it smoothly. Move on to the second Sirius.”
Russian ISS cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopiev aren't launching just another satellite into space. SiriusSat has been designed and created by school students. Two versions of the satellite have been launched in outer space.
“The remote measurements from the SiriusSat-2 have been received. The signal was received from South Africa. All systems are nominal, the satellite is operating in normal mode. We are also receiving excellent telemetric data from the SiriusSat-2.”
Just a few days before, nobody was sure of success. The group of Sirius center students was watching the launch with bated breath. Eleventh-grader Ivan Zaichkin, one of the creators of the unique device, is already thinking of the next brainchild. He's already come up with the name.
Ivan Zaichkin, Sirius center student: “The next stage is a project called Shmel (Bumblebee). This year, some girls joined our team. Compared to the previous year, this is progress.”
Brothers Ilya and Alexey Obrazov from the Orel region developed the software for the satellite. They dream of working in the missile construction field. They are already getting offers. Though they must graduate from school first.
Alexey Obrazov: ‘We're thinking of something else to invent to present at the MIF conference and other competitions so that we advance further.”
Sirius students often get job offers. Major corporations and IT companies look into talented school kids that are still enrolled, even signing contracts with some of them.
Alexei Turchin, Head of the Sirius Educational Center: “As a result of educational programs, Sirius students may meet, cultivate connections, and be scouted by employers. There are plenty of such cases.”
In this Sirius laboratory, kids learned the ropes of developing software for space modules. The new shift has already come to the camp. But they seem to be no less interested in space.
“How far do you think space is from us?”
The space systems lab has all the necessary equipment for learning. This is TabletSat-Aurora. It's a sort of trainer that helped develop the SiriusSat nano-satellite.
Ivan Shchekov, head of the Sirius space systems lab: “In Sirius, working with professionals, these guys were developing a platform while simultaneously becoming familiar with the environment that surrounds the ISS.”
To date, Sirius is preparing for the new school year, but the learning process doesn't stop for a minute. Every month, 800 students study three fields: science, art, and sports.
Young ballerinas spend hours to refine the movements. Chemists can't wait to get the results of a chemical reaction, which is still ongoing. They even refuse to have a lunch break.
“We expected it to be shorter.”
These are figure skaters, testing each other out after five hours of exhausting training, competing to see who will last longer spinning.
24,000 graduates have studied at the Sirius Educational Center over 3 years. This genuine 5-star resort for school kids provides excellent conditions for development and rest. Sirius was founded to help talented kids and give them new opportunities for growth.
But nobody expected such incredible results and breakthroughs in various fields. This year, Sirius students were unmatched at international competitions in physics, math, chemistry, biology, and geography. Today, the winners of international competitions continue to study in Sirius.
Danila Afonin from Novosibirsk won a silver medal at the international competitions in chemistry. He fell short of half a point to win the gold.
Daniil Afonin, Sirius student: “Here I can take a break from chemistry, creating art and having a great time in good company.”
Even the way they relax is productive, taking up water polo and swimming, studying the behavior of mammals in the dolphinarium, and enjoying post-dinner evenings filled with literature.
Mariya Saushkina, Alexandra Berezkina, Anastasia Matveeva, Egor Bushuyev and Ivan Lavrikov for Vesti."
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