On August 24, the nuclear icebreaker "50 Let Pobedy" (eng. “50 Years of Victory”) with the best school and university students of our country on board was solemnly met in Murmansk. The participants of the thematic voyage to the North Pole were the winners of the All-Russian children's intellectual competition "Icebreaker of Knowledge" (which was held as part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the nuclear industry), winners and prize-winners of other youth Olympiads and competitions. The purpose of the scientific and educational expedition was to popularize science, thirst for knowledge and intellectual work among young people.
"The voyage was eventful – there were lectures, master classes, thematic evenings and various competitions. The lecture on the ‘Russian Arctic’ National Park was listened to with interest. The participants of the voyage gained knowledge in various fields of science, history and nature of the Arctic," said the adviser to the director of the “Russian Arctic” National Park, Viktor Kuznetsov.
The educational program of the expedition included scientific games, competitions, a tour of the icebreaker, various lectures and trainings. The ship passed twice through the territory of the “Russian Arctic” National Park – the Franz Josef Land archipelago. The participants of the "Icebreaker of Knowledge" event saw the islands of Rudolf, Hooker, Hall, Jackson, watched a polar bear and other representatives of the polar fauna. The staff of the national park, who accompanied the children's voyage, conducted an excursion from the icebreaker, told about the Arctic nature and the history of the development of the Franz Josef Land archipelago.
The next season of the “Icebreaker of Knowledge” competition for 12-17-year-old students is expected to start in October 2021. The main prize is participation in a similar Arctic expedition aboard the “50 Let Pobedy” nuclear-powered icebreaker in the summer of 2022.