According to the results of the All-Russian competition, the Center for Children's Scientific and Engineering Creativity at Kuzbass State Technical University (a member of the Kuzbass REC) was included in the register of the best technological circles in the country.
The mission of the Center is to create an environment for talent development in the Russian regions. It is created and supported by the private Charitable Foundation of Andrey Melnichenko.
The activities of the Kuzbass center fully meet modern technological topics and are aimed at involving schoolchildren in solving a wide variety of production tasks. The educational process of the center is based not only on the study of engineering theory, but also provides students with the opportunity to try themselves in real developments. This principle involves the analysis of social problems by young "unique people" and the implementation of projects that allow them to solve these problems, develop a sense of social responsibility, including working in a team.
Students of the Andrey Melnichenko Foundation Center at KuzSTU are multiple winners and prize-winners of All-Russian and international engineering competitions, including the International Science and Engineering Fair (USA), the Asia-Pacific Forum for Science Talented (Taiwan), the Future Engineer Project (Beijing, China), the International Engineering Championship "Case-In", the NTI Olympiad and others.
The All-Russian Competition of Technological circles is an event aimed at fulfilling the order of the President of the Russian Federation dated February 4, 2020 to create a network of technological circles on the basis of general education organizations based on the model of the Circle Movement of the National Technology Initiative.
In 2017-2019, 9 centers for children's Scientific and Engineering creativity were opened in Barnaul, Biysk, Kemerovo, Kiselevsk, Leninsk-Kuznetsk, Nevinnomyssk, Novomoskovsk and Rubtsovsk as part of the Foundation's key "Programs to Support Gifted Schoolchildren in the regions where EUROCHEM, SUEK and SGK companies operate". In them, more than 3,000 students of grades 5-11 study in-depth disciplines of the natural science cycle. Classes are free for all students.