High School Students from Minsk Win Yandex Contest in Programming
On April 27, the first video conference on programming among high school students was held in the Yandex offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Minsk, and Simferopol.
The first conference on programming among senior high school students gathered 32 teams, including six teams from Belarus. The students presented their projects within the following three sections of the conference: Clouds, Words, and Motion. The areas of the student projects included computer–aided learning, artificial intelligence, and cloud technologies.
On May 23, the awards ceremony was held in the Yandex offices in Minsk, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. The following three projects were selected the winners:
- natural programming language
- system of distributed computing
- control complex for robotic hand device.
The Minsk team G29–2 won the first place in Yandex contest in programming in the section Motion. The team developed a control algorithm for a robotic hand device. Using this algorithm, the robocraft is able to perform a variety of operations, including writing and drawing of simple shapes. The winning team of Ivan Zaikov, Andrey Rumiantsev, Diana Osadchaya, and Irina Emelyanova achieved high precision and smooth movements of the robot due to the control algorithm and without using expensive components and chips.
The team worked on the project for several years. The students wrote the programs at home and gathered at school to discuss the algorithms and new ideas. Each team had a project mentor from among the teachers or parents.
See the presentation of the winning team here (Russian only)