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The Moscow national team became the absolute champion of the VIII National WorldSkills Russia Championship 2020. How to get into the national team, prepare for the competition and what makes the distance format good, the winners and the expert of the competition told.

Moscow team at the VIII National Championship WorldSkills Russia 2020 was represented by 299 participants aged 10 to 22 years. They won 183 medals: 123 gold, 47 silver and 13 bronze. Muscovites received 28 percent of the total number of awards and took more than half of the first places – 123 out of 239. Winners and prize-winners of the competition congratulated Sergei Sobyanin.

For the first time, the final competitions were held in a face-to-face distance format, this decision was made due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, the championship has become the largest in the world: 2800 participants and 210 competencies.

The winners and an expert from WorldSkills Russia told how to become a member of the movement, prepare for competitions and why the distance format is good, but offline is preferable.

Nikita Polosukhin: The most important thing is non-standard tasks and the opportunity to share experiences

Winner of the VIII National Championship “Young Professionals” WorldSkills Russia in the competence “External piloting and operation of unmanned aircraft”

I learned about WorldSkills competitions at my school – I am a fourth year student Polytechnic College named after N.N. Godovikova in the specialty “operation of unmanned aircraft systems”. By the way, I was lucky – I had been interested in drones for a long time, and specifically this area of ​​training opened exactly in the year when I was choosing where to go to study.

When I received an invitation to the Moscow team in the same competence, I immediately agreed – I knew that it would be interesting and useful. Prior to that, I participated in the corporate championship of the United Aircraft Corporation according to WorldSkills Russia standards and in the 2019 WorldSkills Hi-Tech National Championship in Yekaterinburg.

In terms of developing skills and gaining useful experience, these competitions give a lot – the most important thing is that there are non-standard tasks and an opportunity to exchange experience. In my competence, due to the distance format, the essence of some tasks has changed, but there are no less practical tasks compared to offline championships. The only thing that I personally lacked was communication with other teams and experts.

Due to the remote format, flights were carried out on simulators of unmanned systems – they simulated flights on a Geoscan 401 quadrocopter and Geoscan 201 and Lun aircraft. There was also a separate module, in which it was necessary to obtain an orthomosaic of the terrain made from real photos taken from a drone and create a 3D model based on photographs taken during a flight on a Geoscan 401 quadcopter.

I like the idea of ​​WorldSkills and I want to move in this direction – I plan to become an expert. I am already participating in preparing the team for the next competitions.

Svetlana Germanova: Show what you can already, and gain new knowledge

Winner of the VIII National WorldSkills Russia Championship in the Interior Design competence

I’m a sophomore Moscow College of Architecture and Urban Planning for an architect, and my hobby is creating a beautiful and ergonomic interior design.

The year before last, I learned about the WorldSkills Russia competition and that here you can check your professional level. Of course, I decided to participate, show what I can already, and gain new knowledge. I took second place in the Moscow championship, and I was selected to the city team.

In the final, in four hours, we had to create the interior of the room for a specific request. It was necessary to visualize the optimal solution based on the client’s preferences and hobbies. They all had one task, which each revealed in his own way. And the hero of the assignment was a man of 30–35 years old who works as a designer, is fond of sports, and his favorite style is avant-garde.

It was necessary to prepare a mood board and a plan in Corel draw, a brief, a design concept, sketches and sketches in hand graphics and a sketch of an art object. Both technical and visual skills were assessed – style, composition. From this the total score was added.

The biggest challenge was meeting the deadline. And there were no special questions with the very question – during training, we worked through each stage, analyzed the quality and level of the result, besides, it was interesting for me.

The general attitude and support of the coaches helped a lot – it added confidence. From a purely psychological point of view, it would be more pleasant to personally see rivals and teammates, but, in principle, the distance format is no worse than the face-to-face format.

To win such competitions, you need to constantly develop and learn new things, look for inspiration, because the competence is creative. And next year I want to take part in the championship in another competence – in architecture or visual merchandising.

Alexander Makarov: The learning process is continuous

Chief expert of the competence “Engineering of space systems”, teacher of the Polytechnic College named after N.N. Godovikova

Competitions according to WorldSkills Russia standards are constantly being refined, new directions are emerging. There are 43 specialized centers of excellence in Moscow, they annually confirm compliance with the standards of the WorldSkills International movement. One of them is located at the Polytechnic College named after N.N. Godovikova. Experts with proven qualifications are involved in the training and assessment of road users.

Several years ago we decided to create a new competency. To form a program for design engineers of small spacecraft, it was necessary to see at what level schoolchildren and students would be able to complete the competition task.

We presented a new competence “Engineering of Space Systems” at the WorldSkills Russia final in Krasnogorsk in 2016. Today it is a full-fledged educational program. The next stage for our competence is to reach the international level in order to get the opportunity to participate in the world championship.

Initially, we opened the main category, and a year later the first group of juniors appeared, who were 14-16 years old. A year later, we began to train juniors aged 10-12 and 12-14 years. This allowed us to compete at the WorldSkills Hi-Tech Junior Championship, as well as at interuniversity competitions.

This year, the participants in our competence brought the Moscow team six gold medals – both students and juniors. They study continuously, many of them study late. This allows you to reach such a high level: it is impossible to prepare for WorldSkills in a week or a month.

In teams of three people, each one performs a specific role, strictly defined by the competition task: software engineer, design engineer, electronic engineer.

The designer creates a model of the spacecraft and the structure of its body. The sensor system must be positioned on the housing so that the overall center of mass is approximately zero. After creating a 3D model, its prototype is sent for manufacturing on a laser machine and a 3D printer.

The radio electronics engineer selects the element base, calculates the operating voltage and current strength and designs the printed circuit board according to the electrical circuit, and then assembles the electronic system of the device for spacecraft and adapts it to the common on-board satellite system. And the programmer’s task is to make all the systems in the spacecraft work clearly and harmoniously.

The entire team performs functional tests of the apparatus. This is given 22 hours. Of course, all tasks are structured in such a way that it is impossible to get the maximum score – this is the main principle of the WorldSkills standards.

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