Multiplying Talents: Oil and Gas Projects Competition

Multiplying Talents is a new-format intellectual competition among schoolchildren in the oil and gas field that is intended to promote interest in petroleum engineering, research and teamwork. Unlike traditional school contests in Russia that are designed to test knowledge in school subjects, such as physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology, the focus of this competition is to help schoolchildren master the skills of using this knowledge in the course of research activities.

Multiplying Talents

The project helps children build research competencies in the STEM field (STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and acquire teamwork skills that are essential in today’s world, first at the university and then in further career.

Potential participants of Multiplying Talents intellectual competition are schoolchildren from the 8-9 and 10-11 grades of comprehensive schools in the towns of presence of Gazprom Neft (Saint Petersburg, Tyumen, Noyabrsk, Muravlenko, Tomsk, Khanty-Mansiysk, villages Mys Kamenniy and Novy Port). Participants must make a team of three members and register for the competition using a special registration form on the competition’s official website.

Each team receives an assignment on the topic of oil and gas that they will have to complete as a research project. Teams whose projects are recognized by Gazpromneft STC’s specialists as the best works will have a chance to personally present and defend their projects at the final event in Saint Petersburg.

The competition was first held in 2015. Over 1,200 participants registered for the event and submitted to Gazpromneft STC a total of 152 projects. The evaluation identified 18 best projects, in which schoolchildren demonstrated the most fascinating and accurate solutions. On 4-5 November 2015, eighteen winning teams went to Saint Petersburg to personally present their projects to the Company experts. In addition to the educational component of the competition, i.e. presentation of their projects and participation in the oil and gas quest, children from other regions had an opportunity to see the sights of Saint Petersburg.