Summer Engineer Program AMC.Code
In August of 2018 the American Center organized and held a summer engineering camp for students from the ages of 14-19. During the program, participants worked in three areas: the creation of mobile apps, internet activities, and robotics. Students in groups developed prototype solutions to social problems with the help S.T.E.A.M.- Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.
Participants went to professional instructors for help with Java, Swift, Raspberry Pi and Python from Higher School of Economics – National Research University, the Laboratory of Polytechnics Museum, and from Yandex, Samsung, Greenhouse of social technologies, Television channel “Dozhd” and other leading Russian companies. Participants in the program also toured the offices of Russian IT industry leaders: Mail.Ru Group Yandex.
During the program, participants entered a course for developing a technological project and project management. The program resulted in presentations of their developments to experts. The engineering camp was combined with the project “Big Engineering Week,” a week of lectures from specialists of major technological companies, which were held at the American Center in Moscow. In the course of the week, participants of the summer camp, and all who were interested in engineering and the creation of their own start-up, visited lectures about STEM technologies at which listeners could go through all stages of the advancement of their projects on the market:
Profession of an Engineer
Professor of engineering Andrey Samaray from the University of Minnesota led a lecture about the prospects of advancement for a career in engineering with examples from his own personal life and the opportunities for professional growth in a STEM field.
Andrey spent last year traveling around Russia. By profession he is an engineer-mechanic and his work experience focus on researching heart valve devices. One of his basic beliefs is that a person should never stop learning or teaching.
Social Issues and IT
Immediately after Andre, representatives from the company “Greenhouse of social technologies” presented about which social problems they are currently solving in Russia with the help of IT.
Create a design for your project
Nikita Gusev from Yandex told about how the understanding of the collaboration of man and machine has changed. He spoke about previous, current and future interfaces.
Sell your product online
Yana Belyakova, a producer of many digital and television projects, is a specialist in charitable events shared her experiences with organizing large projects online, producing, and much more.
Build your career in IT with a major company
Team Samsung Russia shared with our guests a presentation entitled “choose a profession in IT”. They spoke about how to interact with a major company, and which resources Samsung provides for young techies.
30 students became participants in the engineering camp. We could gather a community at AMC.Code, ready to create projects and solve social issues. Finalists in the program prepared their own solutions for such important social problems as, the appropriation of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, forest fires, waste-management, and several social apps designed to improve tourism in cities. All participants went through the course with a framework on project management; disassembled the already established social projects; held a SWOT analysis of their competitive projects; attended a webinar about how to participate in and prepare for a Hackathon and studied the basics of work in major technology companies with help from the excursion in Yandex and Mail.Ru Group. Around 300 people attended the lectures of “Big Engineering Week.”
Participates highly valued the program. One of the finalists wrote “I found out a lot of useful information from the guest speakers and got acquainted with them. And the excursions to the companies turned out to be very productive.” AMC.Code is focused on the development of project design skills and considers that their result was the study of these skills. “We made a working prototype,” wrote one developer. Ararat, a finalist in the program, writes: “We learned teamwork, programming, communication skills and application development.”