In 2011 the “Skolkovo” Foundation together with the Ministry of Education and Science and Microsoft Company announced a competition for the best concept of a school of the future. According to the foundation, this project is aimed at the development of an education model which would afterwards serve as a prototype of a Russian public school. As a result of the competition twelve winners from eight regions of Russia were chosen. Teachers, partners and parents from the secondary general education school “Evrika-razvitie” (Tomsk) were among them.
As Nadezhda Mukha explained, the winners have a chance to implement their projects with the support of competition organizers. Tomsk project provides for the construction of a modern school building with the use of energy saving technologies as well as the introduction of innovations into education.
“It is clear that the project of a nationwide significance must be financed from state sources, Skolkovo Foundation and Microsoft Company will provide some guidance. There are several variants where such school can be located in Tomsk. “INO Tomsk 2020”Program provides for the change of the urban environment as well as the establishment of a scientific and educational complex, it would be logical to build a school there, probably, among university campus buildings,” Nadezhda Mukha said.
She also mentioned that nowadays the project is being considered in the regional administration and can be modified. According to her, providing a favorable course of events “Skolkovo” school will be able to accept pupils on September 1, 2014”.
1.5 Billion “Flower”
“As experience has shown construction of a new type school building with some modern filling averages one million rubles per a person. “Skolkovo School” in Tomsk is designed for 1.5 thousand people, so, 1.5 billion rubles is at stake,” she said.
According to the author of the original architectural idea of the project “Skolkovo School in Tomsk” Mikhail Mokrousov, the school building is shaped as a flower with petals representing educational blocks.
“There are six blocks: an incoming group, kindergarten, elementary, middle, high school, center for early education. The central core of the building is designed for recreational activity and games. There is also a kitchen, swimming pool, multipurpose sport complex, theatre, orchard house as well as green houses. The total area of the construction is 2.3 hectares. The building area is 40.5 thousand square meters including two floors and a semi-basement. Walls will be made of concrete and glass, there will be minimum of partitions, everything will be transparent,” he said.
Mikhail Mokrousov mentioned that there will also be a moving pavement for pedestrians that “will allow physically challenged children to move from block to block and from floor to floor.”
Nadezhda Mukha explained that “Skolkovo School” will also accept physically challenged children. According to her, the whole educational process will be based on “advanced pedagogical technologies.”
According to the authors of the project, the school is also planned to contain a dormitory for 120 people where students/pupils and teachers from other cities and countries will stay. Besides, the project provides for the use of “solar batteries, alternative heat sources, unique engineering solutions, for instance, translucent domes”