Support Program for Gifted Students
The goal of the program is to assist the best organizations working with children gifted in science.
The Dynasty Foundation has supported these organizations on a competitive basis since 2010.
The competition for educational projects for school children who show interest and have abilities in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology is held annually.
The specially formed Expert Council, which is renewed every year, evaluates the projects.
Russian governmental and municipal educational institutions and also nonprofit organizations whose activity is connected with science and education can participate in the competition.
The educational projects—conferences, seminars, lecture courses, seasonal schools, clubs, competitions and tournaments, school children research organization projects—are accepted for the competition.
The amount of requested financing for a given project should not exceed 700000 rubles.
The projects should be co-financed from the participants' own resources or from the resources of a third party.
In 2010, 289 applications from 59 Russian regions were submitted for the competition, and 23 winning projects received grants from the Dynasty Foundation.
Covered by these grants, 14 summer schools were held in 2010 with more than 1300 school students participating, four tournaments and competitions (16000 participants), and two conferences (200 participants). Altogether, 270 children were involved in research work.
In 2011, 193 projects participated in the competition with 25 projects winning.
The majority of the projects were presented by Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Novosibirsk organizations, and approximately 15% of the applications came from villages and small towns.
Most projects were directed toward developing research work of school children (95) and organizing seasonal thematic schools (38).
In 2012, 165 applications from 51 Russian regions were submitted for the third competition; 17% of the applications came from villages and small towns.
Thirty-three projects from eleven Russian regions became winners.
The competion was conducted in two categories in 2013:
- “Standard Projects” are projects whose total cost exceeds 600 000 rubles.
The maximum amount provided by the Dynasty Foundation to winners of the competition in this category is 700 000 rubles.
- “Small Projects” are projects whose total cost does not exceed 600 000 rubles.
The maximum amount provided by the Dynasty Foundation to winners of the competition in this category is 300 000 rubles.
The selection procedure was changed in 2013. The expert council evaluates projects in two rounds; Dynasty then organizes a practical conference for the finalists after which they can supplement and improve their projects.
Altogether 156 applications were submitted for the 2013 competition—68 projects reached the second round. Their creators were invited to the finalist conference 21–22 January 2013 in Moscow. During the conference, the teachers participated in various master classes and seminars and presented their projects. During the poster session, 67 entries from different Russian regions were presented.
The competition winners in 2013 were 44 projects from 12 Russian regions (in Russian), 13 in the category “Small Projects” and 31 in the category “Standard Projects.”
Forty-eight projects from 21 Russian regions won the 2014 competition—19 in the “Small Project” category and 29 in the “Standard Project” category.
Altogether 159 applications were submitted for the 2014 competition, and 68 applications entered the second round.
Altogether, 175 applications were submitted for the 2015 competition, and 73 applications were accepted for the second round.
The competition winners are 49 projects from 23 Russian regions: 20 projects in the category “Small Projects” and 29 projects in the category “Standard Projects.”
Since 2009, the Dynasty Foundation has supported the project Global School Laboratory (GlobalLab) developed by the International Laboratory for Advanced Education Technologies (ILAET) with the participation of the Institute of New Technologies (INT).
Global School Laboratory
GlobalLab (Global Student Laboratory) is a network project and educational medium for joint research activities by schoolchildren. More than 500 schools from all corners of Russia participated in the project during the 2012–13 school year.
The project is based on a unique integrated course of studies that combines natural science, biology, and physical geography themes.
In contrast to the traditional school method of covering the material by memorizing a vast number of concepts and definitions, a learning media is formed in GlobalLab using information technologies. This allows students to study new material through scientific observations and group research projects.
The main components of the GlobalLab learning media maximally approach those used by scientists in their activity.
The motivation for learning is stimulated in children by bright multimedia manuals based on well-illustrated educational material. After absorbing this material, students are involved in discussions of questions of natural science.
The project is accessible for fifth- and sixth-graders, primarily those who have expressed interest in knowing about the surrounding world.
GlobalLab creates new opportunities not only for students but also for talented teachers who would like to become leaders of their students' research projects.
This project is an attempt to reform school science education. For the first time in the world, it introduces net research methods directly into the program of study in schools.
To learn more about the project and to join, visit the GlobalLab site.