Games, robots, and dancing: the programme “Explore: The Human Being”

Explore, study, analyze, create, play, compose, rehearse, dance, draw and shoot films – these are all ways in which we carry out our laboratory studies during the “Explore: The Human Being” programme of JUST DILIJAN IT! 2017.

“No one does their project by themselves, everything is done as a team in which each participant finds their role. For example, a group of kids in the “Intellectual Games” lab invented a new game, thought about the mechanics, the plot and the characters. However, they weren’t able to draw it, so they went to the “Art” lab, where the other kids were designing and drawing. We’re trying to show the kids that you don’t have to take the whole task on yourself, from start to finish. It’s important to be able to find those who can help you, to share all your team’s tasks considering everybody’s talents and capabilities. It is important to us that children learn to communicate with each other, to find a common language, to appreciate the abilities of others,” said Sergey Korneev.

In the evenings, the counselors and experts carry out equally interesting activities with the children: a literary café, talent contest, detective game, paint festival, sports games and lots more.

The “Science” laboratory has Marina Yarina, biologist from Moscow State University and science popularizer, working with the kids. She’s revealing the diversity of elements in nature and showing how to make medicines and gather plants and mushrooms.
Together with Marina, the kids make still-life works from inorganic substances and carry out experiments in UWC Dilijan’s state of the art science labs.
In the “Robotics” lab, Nikolai Samokhin teaches the kids how to build robots, and in no time they’ll even set up exciting races with their new metal friends.
Together with video blogger Oleg Abramov, the kids choosing the “Music” lab will create their own videos and publish them into YouTube channels.
In the “Film and Photography” lab, the kids are working with Evgeniya Chapaykina, learning to take all sorts of pictures from all kinds of cameras, print their results using various means, both old and new, including even on glass!
The main idea is to create portraits, conveying the character of the individual through his captured image.
The “Intellectual Games” lab is led by Sergey Korneev, creator of popular-scientific programmes for kids. During the courses, he’s introducing the kids to some unusual games, which we bet they’ve never come across before.
“Each game is an opportunity to have a discussion. We’ll talk about how people learn, develop and think”, said Sergey, noting that some of the kids are even thinking up their very own games.
In the “Art” lab, Natalia Zakharova is teaching the kids how to draw and edit animated cartoons.
The “Theatre” laboratory is where kids get to take to the stage, learn about themselves through the roles they take on, express their emotions, learn about controlling their body and their voice. Leading the activities is theatre expert and director Vyacheslav Ignatov.