On August 24, 2021, the educational expedition to the North Pole Icebreaker of Knowledge. Homo Science Project concluded. Rosatom initiated the project for talented schoolchildren and students from Russia.
More than 80 schoolchildren and students from all over Russia aged 12 to 23 travelled from Murmansk to the North Pole aboard the 50 Let Pobedy nuclear icebreaker. The participants included winners of the All-Russian children's intellectual competition Icebreaker of Knowledge, organized by the network of Information Centers on Atomic Energy as part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the nuclear industry, winners of the Rosatom’s Young Professionals Tournament (TEMP), participants of the All-Russian children's and youth organization Russian Movement of Schoolchildren, participants of the All-Russian competition Big Change, and participants of various competitions.
The program of the Icebreaker of Knowledge. Homo Science Project expedition was based on the mission of the project, namely, to popularize science among the younger generation. The goal of the trip was to create a comfortable environment for everyone, who is looking for scientific information and is ready to share it. The program included scientific games, competitions, an icebreaker tour, lectures and trainings
During the trip, the icebreaker visited the shores of the Franz Josef Land archipelago twice. Here, the participants saw icebergs, polar bears and other representatives of the polar fauna very close. The icebreaker reached the geographical point of the North Pole on August 18.
"Every child’s dream is to visit a real ship, especially a nuclear icebreaker. This is a unique experience for schoolchildren. It is amazing that they not just got acquainted with the Arctic and marine life, but also got new knowledge and communication experience within the framework of educational programs," Dmitry Lobusov, captain of the 50 Led Pobedy nuclear icebreaker said.
"The Icebreaker of Knowledge Project is a great opportunity for comprehensive development for the kids, who hold keys to our future. The Arctic opens up great prospects, it inspires, but could be conquered only by the most persistent. The sailors of the nuclear icebreaker fleet know this for a fact. We are happy that it is Atomflot and Rosatom that introduce this amazing region the children!"
The next season of the Icebreaker of Knowledge competition for schoolchildren aged 12-17 will start in October 2021. The main prize is participation in a similar Arctic expedition on the 50 Let Pobedy nuclear icebreaker in the summer of 2022.