The olympiad covers two branches, engineering design and science and technology, and is carried out in two stages: qualifying and final. The qualifying stage is public and held remotely. Each participant has to complete the tasks requiring applied knowledge of physics, computer science, chemistry, and biology.
The final stage consists of three rounds. The first round (held remotely) involves working on project-based (case) tasks in teams. The second and third rounds require in-person participation and involve working out application-specific problems using laboratory equipment both in teams and individually.
The pre-professional exam is a form of independent final assessment in collaboration with the representatives of universities and scientific institutions. The examination tests students' achievement in mastering the pre-professional curriculum in academic classes. The exam consists of two parts: theoretical and practical. Taking the theoretical part, each participant receives an individual test compiled before the exam in the electronic system.
The practical part involves using training and laboratory equipment, hardware and software systems to solve application-specific cases in technology, natural science and humanities.
Lecturers are young representatives of the leading universities and scientific institutions of the capital, including the recipients of the Moscow Government awards
At the meetings, students of pre-professional classes learn about present-day research projects and current trends in the development of science
The meetings contribute to the popularization of science among schoolchildren, as well as support conscious choice of their educational path
The round-table discussion "Biotechnology and education. Academic class"
For two years now, students of academic (scientific and technological) classes have presented their design and research projects at the round-table discussion "Biotechnology and Education. Academic class." within the framework of the International Congress "Biotechnology: current state and development trends. Life sciences".
The round-table discussion is concluded with the release of the collected abstracts of the participants' reports.