Educational programs for young people

The Association considers one of its main tasks to perform education in respect to the environment, dissemination of geological knowledge and raising the prestige of professions related to the study and use of the geological environment. Therefore work in this direction with school and student youth is a priority in the activities of the Ukrainian Association of Geologists and in the educational program of the Tutkovsky Institute.

Since 2001, the Ukrainian Association of Geologists has begun to revive the country's children and youth geological movement. Educational activities for young people are carried out through school geological and environmental education, organization and support of clubs and schools, printing of popular science literature aimed at teenage audiences.

Since 2011, part of the program of the Ukrainian Association of Geologists ‘Tutkovsky Institute’ is an educational project for students and their mentors – ‘Bowels of the Earth, Bowels of the Spirituality’, which is sponsored and informationally supported by the Nadra Group of companies and the TUTKOVSKY International Hub of Natural Resources. The aim of the project is not only to popularize geological science, but also to increase the general knowledge base for schoolchildren, to expand their access to information through the introduction of new curricula with improved approaches to working with the younger generation. Within the framework of this project, the subject ‘Fundamentals of Geology’ is studied in four schools of Kiev.

Within the frames of the educational project for students and their mentors ‘Bowels of the Earth, Bowels of the Spirituality’ many lectures, seminars, scientific conferences and excursions were held. The project participants take an active part in the annual Olympiads of young geologists in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Rivne and other cities. Among schoolchildren there are winners of Olympiads in Geology, winners of competitions, authors of best student scientific works in geology of the Minor Academy of Sciences; students of geological specialties are winners of all-Ukrainian Student Olympiads in Geology, participants of international geological competitions organized by AAPG and EAGE.

Since 2017, the project is coordinated within the framework of the Sikorsky Challenge Innovation Ecosystem on the basis of KPI, the National Technical University of Ukraine named after Igor Sikorsky. There is a purpose to create a competition within the Sikorsky Challenge Ecosystem on the use of the latest technologies in environmental management.

Special attention in the educational program of the Tutkovsky Institute is paid to work with undergraduate and graduate youth. To support gifted, talented and promising youth, the Pavlo Tutkovsky prize was launched.

Main performed activities

Date Event or activity  
March 27, 2018 The Ukrainian Association of Geologists took an active part in attracting service and mining companies to the job fair, held for the first time in ESI Institute of Geology.  
March 01, 2018 Preparing a Worthy Succession! In Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth (KDU) the GEOFEST Geological Festival was held. The event, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Geological Service of Ukraine, was actively attended by 80 students of Kyiv city. During the event, participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with interesting moments from the history of oil and gas production on the territory of Ukraine, to try themselves in the role of employee of oil and gas companies, to hold in their hands a real kerosene lamp, and to paint in oil and coal. During scientific quizzes children tested their knowledge of nature and history, tested creative and practical abilities, for example, remembered where and how to use crude products. All the participants received prizes and gifts from PJSC Ukrgazvydobuvannya and TUTKOVSKY International Hub of Natural Resources, the winners got the Cup!  
November 09, 2017 Excursion of the Geology circle of the Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth to the interregional centre of jewellery art, where children got acquainted with the possibilities of the profession of a jeweller.  
October 27, 2017 A new and surprisingly successful event held in the framework of the open day at the Institute of Geology was the quiz ‘Geology in the Museum’, organized and conducted jointly with the participation of the Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth, Tutkovsky Institute (Liventseva), Institute of Geology (Associate Professor Krochak) and the Geological Museum (Vakulenko). Participants of the quiz were delighted with the opportunity to show their geological knowledge and erudition. The questions were fun and easy.  
October 10–13, 2017 The Ukrainian Association of Geologists joined the unique Ukrainian project ‘Sikorsky Challenge 2017’, having become sponsors of competitive actions regarding the use of the latest technologies in environmental management.  
May 18, 2017 In Secondary General School No. 13 named after Hytrychenko, a seminar-workshop for deputy directors and teachers of geography of secondary schools of Kyiv on the topic ‘Innovative Activity as an Integral Part of the Optimization of the Educational Process of the Institution’ was held. Since 2013, an experimental study ‘Formation of Professional Orientation of Students’ in the process of teaching a special course ‘Subsoil of the Earth (Fundamentals of Geology)’ has been introduced in the educational institution.  
May 11, 2017 The students of the 9th grade of the specialized school No. 2 named after Karbysheva, with an in-depth study of subjects of a natural cycle (Kyiv, Podolsk district) visited Institute of Geology of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Students got acquainted with the departments of the Institute and visited the classroom named after Vernadsky and the geological museum. The 9th grade students were interested in Krochak’s story about the future of the profession of geology.
March 17, 2017 With the support of the Ukrainian Association of Geologists in the Natural Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine the GeoQuest competition ‘Natural Resources of Ukraine’ was held for the students of Kyiv schools. Seven teams took part in the quest:
  • Team of Geology Circle of Tourism Department, Home Science of Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth,
  • Rusanivsky Lyceum team,
  • Team 8 grades, Secondary General School No. 2 named after Karbyshev,
  • Team 9-B grade of Secondary General School No. 2 named after Karbyshev,
  • Team of the Secondary General School No. 13
  • Team of the 8-A grade of the Secondary General School No. 167
  • Team of the 10-B grade of the Secondary General School No. 256

During the quest, the participants searched for expositions dedicated to the natural resources of certain regions of Ukraine and answered questions, finding clues in the museum halls. They also correctly defined the area to which the exposition is devoted, and correctly answered questions and received the corresponding part of the map of Ukraine and colour cards for answers.

The Ukrainian Association of Geologists sponsored the quest.

December 16, 2016 The Institute of Geology, on the open day, was visited by students of grades 7–9 of Kyiv city schools such as Gymnasium No. 167, Secondary General School No. 13, Secondary General School No. 2 and students from Oster city. The Director of the Institute Prof. V. Mykhailov and professor in the Department of Geology of Oil and Gas Prof. V. Ogar talked about the structure of the Institute, areas of training of bachelors and masters, conditions of entry into the ranks of students and employment prospects. Prof. Mytrokhin demonstrated the possibility of studying rocks under a petrographic microscope and on a large screen. And under the guidance of associate professor Dubyna, the guests saw, for the first time, what gold looks like under an ore microscope. The head of the Department of Geoinformatics Prof. Zatserkovny met with schoolchildren of his native School No. 13 and spoke about the prospects of using geoinformation technologies for the development of earth sciences. Lecturers of the Department of General and Historical Geology (Ogienko and Kyselevych) spoke about palaeontology and the development of life on Earth and handed to the students souvenirs-fossils of bivalves and belemnites.
November 17–18, 2016 The interactive festival of scientific discoveries ‘STEAM fest’ was held in the Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth. Participants of the circle ‘Entertaining Geology’ acquainted everyone with the possibilities of growing crystals at home and showed geological tricks.  
November 02, 2016 Students toured the Obolon district in the Museum of Precious and Decorative Stones, Khoroshiv city, Zhytomyr Oblast. The bus trip was carried out at the expense of sponsorship of the District Department of Education. The trip was very informative, rich and extremely interesting. Beside the additional knowledge of geology of Ukraine, students received great aesthetic pleasure.  
October 07, 2016 The second field geological Olympiad was hosted by the Ukrainian Association of Geologists, Educational and Research Institute ‘Institute of Geology’ of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth. Students of 8–10 grades of Secondary General Schools No. 2, No. 13 and No. 256 of Kyiv participated. The head of jury was professor and doctor of geological sciences Nesterovsky. The event was managed by Krochak, Liventseva and Reshetnyk.
May 20, 2016 A field school Olympiad in geology was held in Kyiv.
May 14, 2016 With the assistance of the Tutkovsky Institute, students of two Kyiv schools took part in the VII international competition of school children ‘From Giant Crystals to Nanocrystals’.  
May 5-7, 2016 The representatives of the Tutkovsky Institute took part in the conference ‘Geotourism. Practice and experience’ (Lviv city).
April 26, 2016 With the assistance of the Tutkovsky Institute, the pupils of Kyiv School No. 2, with an in-depth study of natural sciences, visited the exhibition of the Private Mineralogical Museum of Stanislav Dovgyi.  
April 19, 2016 Student scientific readings ‘Chernobyl – 30 Years Later’ were held with the participation of Tutkovsky Institute.
April 13, 2016 Participants of the circle ‘Entertaining Geology’ visited the ESI ‘Institute of Geology’ of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.  
April 06, 2016 The President of the PO ‘Ukrainian International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits’ (PO Ukr.I.A.G.O.D.) and the сhairman of the Board of the Enterprise ‘Expert Council of the Ukrainian Association of Geologists’ Professor Oleksandr Bobrov told the participants of the circle ‘Entertaining Geology’ and about the unique geological objects of Ukraine.  
February 18–19, 2016 The Tutkovsky Institute took part in the VI Poltava scientific-practical conference ‘Cooperation of Scientific Institutions, Educational Institutions and Enterprises in the Development of the Extractive Industry and Training’.  
November 27–30, 2015 The report ‘Role of Geological Museums in the Educational Project "Earth subsoils, spiritual subsoils" was presented at the scientific conference ‘Natural History Museums and Their Role in Education and Science’.  
November 24, 2015 In the framework of the project "Earth subsoils, spiritual subsoils" , on the popularization of geological knowledge among students of Ukraine, teachers from Kyiv School No. 13 attended a seminar-workshop on the topic ‘Innovation as the Driving Force Behind the Optimization of the Activities of the Educational Institution’.  
November 10, 2015 With the support of the Tutkovsky Institute and the 110th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding Ukrainian scientist-geologist academy member Bondarchuk in the Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth, an informative quiz was also held.
September, 2015 With the support of the Tutkovsky Institute in Kyiv Gymnasium No. 143, the circle ‘Entertaining Geology’ began its work.
May 28, 2015 Pupils of 10 B Grade of Kyiv School No. 256 visited the Tutkovsky Institute for the production of geophysical equipment.
May 16, 2015 With the assistance of the Tutkovsky Institute, students of Kyiv schools took part in the international competition for school children ‘Crystals’.
April 28, 2015 With the assistance of the Tutkovsky Institute, students of the 8 A Grade of the Kyiv School No. 2 visited the Private Mineralogical Museum of Stanislav Dovgyi.
February 26, 2015 In the framework of the project "Earth subsoils, spiritual subsoils" in the Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth, a quiz ‘Secrets of the Third Planet’ for eighth grade students, where they are taught the subject ‘Fundamentals of Geology’.
December 04, 2014 Students of the 8 B grade of the Kyiv School No. 2, with an in-depth study of natural science subjects, visited the Mineralogical Museum.  
November 14, 2014 The ESI Institute of Geology of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv hosted the Doors Open Day. At the initiative of the Institute Tutkovsky, the Institute of Geology visited the pupils of Kyiv schools.
October 28 – November 1, 2014 In the framework of the project "Earth subsoils, spiritual subsoils", the school of young researchers worked during the autumn school holidays in the Zhytomyr region.
October 16, 2014 In Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth, on the memory of the famous scientist, paleontologist, specialists in tectonics, professor of Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University of Kyiv, candidate of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, a well-known ufologist, member of the International Society of Ancient Astronautics, the author of many scientific and popular science books and active public figure Furduya spoke.
September 30 and October 2, 2014 Students of 8 A and 8 B grades of Kyiv School No. 2, with an in-depth study of natural sciences, visited the Geological Museum of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
September 11–14, 2014 With the participation of representatives of the Tutkovsky Institute in Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, the VIII scientific readings named after Lazarenko titled ‘Mineralogy: Present and Future’ was held.  
September 01, 2014 The Kyiv School No. 2, with an in-depth study of natural sciences, joined the project "Earth subsoils, spiritual subsoils" . Students of 8 A and 8 B grades study geology.  
May, 2014 Scientific readings ‘Denyshi is the Motherland of V.G. Bondarchuk’ was organized by the Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth with the support of the Tutkovsky Institute in the framework of the project "Earth subsoils, spiritual subsoils" .
November 13, 2013 The Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth held a geological quiz ‘The Magical World of Minerals’, dedicated to the 130th anniversary of the birth of Fersman which was hosted by the Tutkovsky Institute, Scientific and Practical Center Doslidnykr of the Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth and the Geological Faculty of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
October 16, 2013 The Tutkovsky Institute and the Ukrainian Association of Geologists held a scientific and practical conference with international participation titled ‘Scientific and Methodological Prospects of Development of Geological Education’.
September 04, 2013 On the initiative of the Tutkovsky Institute in the framework of the educational project "Earth subsoils, spiritual subsoils"in Kyiv Secondary General School No. 13, a geological class was opened and named after Hytrychenko.
June 26-30, 2013 Representatives of the Tutkovsky Institute took part in the VIII International Conference ‘Geology at School and University: Geology and Civilization’ on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vernadsky (Department of Geology and Geoecology, Russian State Pedagogical University).
April 13, 2013 In the framework of the educational project "Earth subsoils, spiritual subsoils", the first Kyiv Open Olympiad for young geologists was carried out.
March 12, 2013 The school geological quiz dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding scientist-geologist, philosopher and public figure Vernadsky was held in the Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth.
March 04, 2013 In the framework of the project "Earth subsoils, spiritual subsoils" on the popularization of geological knowledge among students of Ukraine, a lesson on geology in the 8 B grade on the topic ‘Physico-Chemical Nature of Minerals Properties’ was conducted in Kyiv School No. 13 named after Hytrychenko.  
February 28, 2013 The seminar ‘Innovations in school natural sciences education’ was held on the basis of School No. 256 in Kyiv. Representatives of the Tutkovsky Institute demonstrated a master class in applied crystallography for growing crystals at home.
2013 The international scientific and pedagogical conference ‘Geological Education and Science in the XXI Century: Problems of Teaching Geological Disciplines’ was held with the participation of the Tutkovsky Institute (Kyiv).  
2013 With the participation of the Tutkovsky Institute, the IX session of the International School of Earth Sciences was held (Odessa).  
December 25, 2012 A scientific and practical conference dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of the famous Ukrainian scientist-geologist Lazarenko was held and was attended by 75 students from different schools of the Kyiv city and their tutors.
November 15, 2012 Within the framework of the educational project "Earth subsoils, spiritual subsoils", the first seminar of the series ‘Modern Achievements in the Field of Geology and Their Role in the Formation of Practical Competence of Students’ was held. Zagorodnyuk gave a lecture titled ‘Natural Gas in Ukraine. Traditional Sources’.
September 21, 2012 The publishing group of the Tutkovsky Institute was first presented at the largest book exhibition in Ukraine – the Forum of publishers in Lviv. The presentation of R.S. Furduya’s book ‘The Brother of the Sun and Wind’ took place.
September 01, 2012 In the Secondary School No. 256 of Obolon district of Kyiv, a geological class laboratory was opened and a new stage of educational project "Earth subsoils, spiritual subsoils" and the teaching of the subject ‘Fundamentals of Geology’ in secondary school was launched.
August 28, 2012 Field seminar for teachers of geography of Obolon district, Kyiv city, was organized by the Institute of Tutkovsky, Ukrainian Association of Geologists and Institute of Geological Science, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
May 16, 2012 Omelchyk, member of the IX Ukrainian Antarctic expedition at the station ‘Academy Member Vernadsky’ and associate professor of the Geological Faculty of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, gave a lecture on ‘Research of Ukrainian Geologists in Antarctica’.  
April 25, 2012 As part of the educational project "Earth subsoils, spiritual subsoils" in the Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth, a children’s scientific readings of Vernadsky was held.
April 19, 2012 Geological lecture hall is founded by the Geological Faculty of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Tutkovsky Institute in the Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth.  
March 29, 2012 Excursion of students involved in circles of the Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth to the JSC NADRA for the production of geophysical equipment.
March 26, 2012 In the ecological and naturalistic center, the winners of the contest of the Junior Academy of Sciences, which was attended by representatives of the UAG and Tutkovsky Institute were awarded.
March 21, 2012 As part of the educational project "Earth subsoils, spiritual subsoils", a children’s scientific readings of Tutkovsky was held in the library of the Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth.
March 15, 2012 As part of the educational project "Earth subsoils, spiritual subsoils", M. Krochak, associate professor of oil and gas Geology Department of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and candidate of geological and mineralogical sciences, gave a lecture on ‘Volcanoes of Kamchatka’.
March 12, 2012 On the basis of the National Science and Natural History Museum of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, with the assistance of the Geological Faculty of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and the Ukrainian Association of Geologists, a circle on paleontology was created.
February 15, 2012 The Ukrainian Association of Geologists took part in the student competition IntelEko.
January 25, 2012 As part of the educational project "Earth subsoils, spiritual subsoils", the first lecture on geology for secondary school students ‘The Earth is our Cosmic Home (Universe, Galaxy, Solar System)’ was held.
January 16, 2012 In the National Ecological and Naturalistic Center of Discipleship and Youth, presentations of the Furduya’ ‘The Brother of the Sun and Wind’ and the journal Ukrainian Geologist were held.
2012 The Ukrainian Association of Geologists traditionally honoured the winners of the III stage of the all-Ukrainian competition-protection of research works in the section of earth sciences of the Junior Academy of Sciences.  
December 16, 2011 On the 20th anniversary of the group of companies NADRA, and with its financial support, a book dedicated to young geologists by Furduya titled ‘The Brother of the Sun and Wind’ was published. The book presentation was held at the Geological Ffaculty of Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University.
December 14, 2011 The scientific society Doslidnyk with the support of the Tutkovsky Institute organized a children’s scientific conference ‘Secrets of Life-Giving Subsoil’ in the Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth.
2011 An educational project for students and their tutors "Earth subsoils, spiritual subsoils" was launched. Project components included activities for children (quizzes, conferences, scientific readings, geological lectures), issuing specialized literature, cooperating with the Junior Academy of Sciences and the Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth, excursions and trips, working with teachers and leaders of circles, teaching the subject ‘Fundamentals of Geology’ in secondary schools and opening of the circles ‘Entertaining Geology’.  
July – August, 2011 With the support of the Tutkovsky Institute, young geologists of Ukraine took part in the geological Olympiad in Tomsk (Russia), where they won second place among foreign teams.  
August 2009 At the initiative of the Ukrainian Association of Geologists and at the invitation of the Russian geological society, the team of young geologists of Rivne region, for the first time, took part in the VII open all-Russian Olympiad of young geologists in Taganrog.  
August 2009 With the support of the Institute Tutkovsky, the students involved in circle of Rivne regional station of young tourists became the members of the all-Russian open field geological Olympiad in Taganrog, Rostov, Russia.  
March 03, 2008 On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of P.A. Tutkovsky, the young scientists of the Institute of Geological Science of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine were awarded with prizes.  
2008 The NADRA group of companies established scholarships for students of the Geological Faculty of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.  
Since 2007 The NADRA group of companies has helped with the organization of practices of Geological Faculty of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.  
April 10, 2005 The 30th anniversary Olympiad of young geologists of Kharkiv region (Kharkiv).  
Since 2005 The Ukrainian Association of Geologists carries out educational work in schools and care homes for children with hearing impairments.  
Since 2001 The Ukrainian Association of Geologists began to revive the country’s childrens and youth’s geological movement, to hold competitions of young geologists, to sponsor geological museums at technical schools and higher educational institutions and to train specialists for the geological industry. Members of the Organization support and take an active part in the annual competitions of young geologists in Kharkiv, Rivne and other cities.