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4 Sep 2018

Belarusian students to contact International Space Station

Photo courtesy of NASA

MINSK, 4 September (BelTA) – Wargaming’s Minsk Development Center and the Minsk City Hall will hold an open lesson “Belarus and Space” on 9 September and arrange contact with the International Space Station, BelTA learned from Wargaming’s Minsk Development Center.

Oleg Novitskiy, a Roscosmos cosmonaut, a Belarus native, will tell the school students about the profession and will hold a live call with cosmonauts on board the ISS. Kids will have an opportunity to ask the cosmonauts questions related to the study of space and space technologies of the future. On the same day Minsk will welcome the participants of the planetary congress of the Association of Space Explorers, which will be held in the capital for the first time.

Attending the lesson will be the winners of the city and national Olympiads in astronomy and physics. Before the lesson, students will be able to participate in various thematic activities for prizes from Wargaming’s Minsk Development Center. The lesson will begin with a welcome speech from Minsk Mayor Andrei Shorets, after which the children will share their knowledge about how Belarus participates in the development of the space industry.

“Millions of players appreciate our projects for an opportunity to learn more about the historical events or how the equipment works. No wonder the World of Tanks is called a true virtual museum. This is why we are proud to contribute to the educational process and help organize the first lesson “Belarus and Space” in Minsk, on the Tanker's Day,” said Yekaterina Glinskaya, the Wargaming project manager.

“The younger generation’s interest in space exploration is very important for the development of Belarus’ technology and science,” said Maria Kindirenko, the head of the education committee at the Minsk City Hall. “Such public-private partnership helps carry out educational activities more effectively and encourage young people to conduct in-depth research into technology”. According to her, this lesson is a unique opportunity to tell students that they can engage in space development by working at enterprises manufacturing space equipment and even making space computer games.

The lesson will start at 11a.m. in the Minsk City Hall.

The space lesson is the international initiative of Tomsk State University and Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia. It is held all over the world to promote education in space technology and research.

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