Research and Practice Conference “Engineering Education: Problems and Prospects”
The conference discussed the problems in the development of engineering education in the Republic of Karelia: development of the content of engineering education on the basis of “National Technology Initiative”, facilitation of cooperation between educational institutions at all levels, development of methodological, material and technical support of technology classes.
The conference was organized by three Institutes of PetrSU: Institute of Pedagogic and Psychology (Department of Technology, Fine Art and Design), Institute of Physics and Technology, Institute of Forestry, Mining and Construction Sciences. The event involved teachers of technology, physics, mathematics, informatics of the general education schools, teachers of the higher and vocational educational institutions.
The Head of the Department of Facilitation, Employment, Professional Education and Labor Migration of the Division of Labor and Employment of Karelia Yury Borisov presented a report and told about the demand in specialists for economics and social services of the region in the areas of engineering programs. The Director of the Institute of Physics and Technology Dmitry Balashov and the Head of the Department of the General Physics of the IPT Aleksey Nazarov shared the results of their work on area-specific interaction between the IPT of PetrSU and educational institutions of the Republic and introduction of pedagogic technologies to teaching physics at schools.
Tatiana Voloshina, the acting head of the Department of Technology, Fine Arts and Design of the IPP, presented the project “Engineering Class”. Nadezhda Alekseeva, the senior teacher of the Department, shared her experience of arranging professional training for teachers of additional education within the higher school, while Grigory Golstein, the Associate Professor of the Department of Transport Technological Machines and Equipment of the IFMCS told about career orientation work with schoolchildren at the laboratories of the Institute.
The participants of the conference could take part in interactive presentation platforms in various areas of engineering education: “Virtual Reality” (Vasily Melentiev, Director of the Center for Youth Innovative Creativity), “Robotics” (Maria Cherepigina, Director of the Resource Center for Scientific and Engineering Creativity of PetrSU), “Computer Simulation and Prototyping: fascinating machines and mechanisms” (Ivan Hynninen, Master degree student of the program Technological Machines and Equipment of the IFMCS), “Technology Lessons at Quantorium” (Elena Zhillina, educator of the Resource Center for Development of Additional Education) etc.
The conference ended with “Foresight session” (moderator Elena Raevskaya, Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Vice-Director of the IPP). The event took the form of communication that incited the participants to build strategies for the future, enlarge the comprehension of available strategic opportunities of PetrSU, and agree on long-term joint activities until 2028.
In the final resolution the participants of the conference noted the significance of life-long engineering education as the essential prerequisite for the economic development in Karelia; proposed to develop a system of events for the development of life-long engineering education within the Pedagogic Innopark of PetrSU; highlighted the necessity to broaden partnership between subjects of education that are involved in engineering educational programs at various levels.
The participants of the event marked January 2019 as a development stage for the events within the project “Engineering Class” for 2019 with consequent discussion and approval at the Council of the Institutes (IFMCS, IPT, IPP) of PetrSU. They proposed to include the project “Engineering Class” into the events of the Flagship University Development Program for 2019 and deem if feasible to establish in 2019 a base department of PetrSU “Technological Initiative for Children and Youth” at the Resource Center for Additional Education “Quantorium Sampo” with the participation of the Resource Center for Scientific and Engineering Creativity of PetrSU and the Center for Youth Innovative Creativity.
The proceedings of the conference will be published as “Engineering Education: problems and prospects”.