When we were developing the IRS concept, it was important for us not only to create an environment that would motivate schoolchildren for cooperation and mutual interest, but also to involve them in real joint research activity.
This determined the main form of work - a group research project: while working on it, the participants get to know each other, learn to understand each other and work together. In addition, we developed the IRS program in such a way that it took up the entire active time of the participants throughout the 10 days of the project and provided the maximum number of intersections and mutual contacts between the participants working on different projects. Time at the IRS is not divided into "work" and "rest": scientific research, educational and leisure activities constitute a single meaningful complex, all parts of which carry their own meaning and are closely related to each other.
The present-day IRS program was not formed immediately, though. We analyzed and summarized the experience of each IRS, starting from the first one, which passed successfully in 2008. Totally, 11 International Research Schools have been held so far - eight in the Moscow Region (2008-2014, 2016), one in the Kaliningrad Region (2015), and two in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) (2017, 2018).
Next year, the IRS will be held in the Kaluga region.