The educational training camp on geography has started its work in the International Children’s Center ‘Computeria’ in the Tver region. Such trainings are annually held for winners of the final stage of the all-Russian Geography Olympiad. Senior schoolchildren participating in these trainings get an opportunity to prepare for competitions in geography, in particular for the international iGeo school Olympiad, which will take place in August in Quebec (Canada).
During two weeks spent in the camp, children will visit lectures and practical classes on geography, follow natural and urban routes.
Thus, during the first days the students took part in classes on calculations of social and economic indicators, prepared for tests in English, and attended a psychological training on team work.
The boys and girls listened to a lecture by Dmitry Bogachev, the head of the camp, about the stages of the development of economic geography as science, Fordism and post-Fordism. In addition, the children attended a presentation by Alexander Zherenkov, associate Professor of Tver State University, about the processes of geotectonics and geodynamics.
The first field route took place on the Volga River near the town of Staritsa, where the students organized a class devoted to the erosion processes. The young geographers learned how to determine the shape of the river valley relief and age of deposits by fossils found in them. The research helped to design the geological and geomorphological profile of the Volga River.
After passing the route, the group visited the town of Staritsa, in particular the Staritsa Holy Dormition Monastery.