Kinross Russia recently hosted the ‘Eureka Festival’, an event for children of all ages combining education, athletics and arts & crafts. This year’s festival was one of the largest yet, bringing together over 1,500 children and their families in Magadan.
The festival had something for everyone: young students brought their ideas to life playing with Lego in the sandbox, while the older students participated in educational workshops to test their knowledge. Young innovators had the opportunity to play with robotic technology, while future fashion designers unleashed their creative side with an arts workshop and, for passionate athletes, a mini-streetball tournament was set up.
In addition to employees from the regional office and mine sites, Kinross’ team of volunteers included those with external affiliations including students from North Eastern State University, high school students (graduates of the Kinross career orientation course), tutors from the local arts school, participants of a Kinross-sponsored robotics competition, and a Indigenous dance group.
“What an amazing event today! Each year we team up with Kinross to develop the social, cultural and educational infrastructure within our community to benefit local youth,” said Yury Grishan, Mayor of Magadan. “Today marks another example of Kinross contributing to our community and furthering the interest of mining in our youth.”
For those looking to learn more about mining, equipment was on display from our mines, as well as samples of geological core, and gold and silver ore samples.
“It gives me great pleasure to see the youth of Magadan come together to further develop their education. At Kinross, we believe the youth are the future of our Company and we want to help grow their interest in education and the mining industry,” said Marina Ivanova, HR Director.
Students from a local university in Magadan assist students during an art class
A dance session at the Eureka Festival
The mascot for the festival, otherwise known as the ‘Eureka Symbol’
A future miner gets a first-hand look at a ‘jack leg drill’
A Kinross employee explains ore samples to interested students
Students participate in the robotics portion of the festival
Students play the traditional Indigenous game ‘stick-pulling’
Traditional Indigenous dancers rest after their performance