This is the slogan under which the United Shipbuilding Corporation visits schools and participates in their career guidance projects, as well as conducts its own ones. The Corporation management well understands that love of ships and exact sciences should be cultivated since childhood. One of such prominent career guidance projects is the action Development of the Arctic and the World Ocean within the Great Challenges Program by the Sirius Educational Center. Within the framework of the Program, the United Shipbuilding Company, in collaboration with the Nizhny Novgorod River Shipping Company and the Kaliningrad State Technical University conduct an education program for gifted children from all over the country. The kids undergo multi-level shortlisting. The competition is very serious: one candidate of every 300 is successful. In 2019 Program participants engineered an amphibious cargo platform for the development of the Arctic shelf. They designed and tested a platform prototype to transport marine cargos that can conduct its own investigations on the way.
For one month the children were studying fundamentals of shipbuilding science and practice under careful guidance by supervisors from the Children’s subdivision of the Nizhny Novgorod Shipping Company: ship theory, shipbuilding technology, digital technologies in shipbuilding, automation of ship system management, etc. In the meantime, prominent experts from production and engineering departments of the United Shipbuilding Company were able to place the children in the specifics of the shipbuilding industry and provide them with knowledge required for solving engineering problems they are facing, for successful team work and presentation of at the end of the studies. The practical work was carried out in up-to-date high-technology laboratories of the Educational Center; it allowed the children to gain design skills in automated digital systems of engineering, prototyping and building ship models.
Another significant social and educational project for children and teenagers is The Carpenter Tsar arranged by the United Shipbuilding Company with the assistance of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Project participants study maritime cultural heritage of Russia. Over the years of the project, it has been participated by over 5,000 children from the cities where the United Shipbuilding Corporation operates and cadets of leading Russian Naval Educational Institutions aged from 11 to 17. The children undergo several stages of remote and then face-to-face prequalification by way of performing intellectual and creative assignments in groups and individually. Young winners are awarded with sponsored trips to kids’ centers Artek, Orlyonok or Smena, and 14 to16-year-old winners get an opportunity to make a sea voyage on a sailboat.
The next significant step on the road to establishing new shipbuilding elite was lunching a joint pilot project by the United Shipbuilding Corporation in collaboration with the R.E. Alexeev Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University on the base of N.A. Zaitsev School No 79. On 1 September 2019, around one hundred children from 5th to 9th grades, having passed prequalification successfully, became students of the United Shipbuilding Company engineering classes. Alongside with the general education program, young engineers will additionally study physical and mathematical subjects, participate in academic competitions in engineering, study fundamentals of shipbuilding science and take practical courses on lean manufacturing at the Krasnoye Sormovo shipbuilding plant.