MMI freshman Yana Zhabura is a prizewinner in the EUCYS-2017 international competition

On September 22-27, 2017, was held the 29th European Union Young Scientists' Contest (EUCYS-2017) in Tallinn, the most prestigious competition for winners of national competitions.

As a result of the presentation, the authoritative international jury noted the second prize of EUCYS-2017 to Yana Zhabura, the alumna of the technical lyceum of the Igor Sikorsky KPI, and now the student of the 1st course of the MMI Igor Sikorsky KPI. She participated in this competition as one of the winners of the All-Ukrainian competition for the protection of pupil’s research works of the Small Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

Yana Zhabura told "Kyiv Polytechnic" about her participation in this European Union Contest of Young Scientists.

- This year the Ukrainian team once again took part in the European Union Contest of Young Scientists. Each participating country had to submit one, two or three projects at the competition. They should have been elected among the winners of the national competition for scientific projects.

In the competition, 146 participants from all around the world presented 89 scientific projects. Everyone wrote a printed-paper and had his post with posters. Many works, both practical and theoretical, were presented in the form of prototypes, models and even games that illustrated the concept of work.

My project is a modification of delta robot - a manipulator that has certain advantages over other models, but is now used in a very limited number of branches, since its working part can only move an object attached to it along the three axes. The modification proposed by me allows, without significant complication of the design, to achieve the rotation of the working part around the three axes, which greatly extends the possibilities of its use. As a strong part of my work, I find it practical: based on this model you can create robots for use in many industries.

Most of the time off the hall with the stands functioned as an open exhibition, on which it was necessary to explain the essence of the project to interested visitors and members of the jury. I noted that communication with jury members was not perceived by me as a process of job evaluation, because they showed sincere interest in each work and shared their own experiences and thoughts on the project.

It was quite a bit of a time for participants to move away from their stands and get interested in the work of rivals. Therefore, unfortunately, I was not able to fully consider all the projects. However, those I was familiar with were diverse and very interesting: from the study of the effect of certain gene mutations on cancer development to mathematical algorithms for the analysis of the affinity of languages; from the study of what color of clothing has a positive effect on schooling, to robots-explorers of underground passages and the study of extinct species of animals. Whatever the project was, all participants, without exception, were deeply interested in the subject of their research, which created a very motivating atmosphere.

Finally, the sum up. My work was highly appreciated in the competition, so the project has taken the second place. In addition, I was given the opportunity to present this competition at a Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar together with the winner from Poland, which will take place during the Nobel week and will include both a presentation of works, lectures and Nobel Prize giving ceremonies.