Additional Skoltech Courses

Students of the International Gymnasium of the Skolkovo Innovation Center have a unique opportunity to attend courses taught by Masters and Phd candidates of Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech). Courses are taught in Russian or English (depending on the course).

2016 - 2017 Academic Year 2nd Semester Schedule:


1. Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures 

Monday 15:20 — 18:00: 5th and 6th grades

Thursday 15:20 — 18:00: 8th through 10th grade

Whether we realize it or not, algorithms surround us in our everyday lives. That is why the ability to correctly select and effectively implement an algorithm suitable for a specific task is appreciated by so many leading tech companies. For example: Google, Apple, HP, IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, Oracle, Xerox, eBay, Palantir, Samsung, Twitter, Snapchat, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Dell, Sony, LG, Uber, Facebook, Quora, Netflix, PayPal, Github, StackOverflow, Dropbox, Tesla, EA, Blizzard, Valve, Rambler, Mail Group, Kaspersky Lab, JetBrains, VK, Yandex and others.

2. Physics is Phun! 

Wednesday 15:45 — 16:25

This course will demonstrate the applied application of the fundamental science of physics (and related disciplines) both in scientific tasks and in everyday life. This course is aimed at broadening the horizon, as well as the professional orientation of the students. on, as well as the professional orientation of the students of the gymnasium. The course program includes Mechanics, MKT and Thermodynamics, Electricity and Magnetism, Optics and Quantum Mechanics, Nuclear Physics, and Astronomy.

3. Programming (using Python) for Beginners. 

Thursday 16:35 — 17:15

Programming - a universal instrument that allows you to simplify the solution of a huge range of tasks. Knowing how to effectively transfer a task from the real world to the digital world can be incredibly useful and save a huge amount of time and focus. 

Especially valuable may be the knowledge of programming from a specialist not directly related to IT (biology, chemistry, physics, sociology, literature, economics and many others). Moreover, the existence of the Python programming language is very successful, which is very easy to understand and master to people far from developing programs.


4. Evolution - from the molecule to the organism

Friday 16:30-17:10

The aim of the course is that students understand the causal relationship between the evolution of molecules (molecular systems) and evolutionary changes of phenotype (actual visible characteristics of an organism), through the analysis of the occurrence of primary biochemical processes, and how different genetic and epigenetic factors influence changes in the organization of the genome and development of different kinds of the phenotype.


5. Physics Olympiad Preparation

Wednesday 16:35-17:25

A theoretical course on Physics will be taught with emphasis on problem solution as an initial introduction for those students interested in participating in a Physics Olympiad. Every problem presented is taken from real competition questionnaires.


6. Spanish Crash Course

Friday 17:20-18:00

An introduction to the Spanish language and Ibero-American culture is given. The students will learn the basics of the language that will allow them to move around in Spanish-speaking countries for short visits.