Held annually since 2017. In 2018, the event was held in several countries around the world and throughout Russia: from the village of Achaivayam in Kamchatka to the city of Apatity in the Murmansk region.
ANO “Laboratory”, organizing the action, is one of the philanthropic projects of Roman Avdeev. The mission of the organization is to support the interest of children and adults to gain new knowledge and engage in the fascinating world of science.
In 2018, “Laba” was held on a large scale in major cities with major academic centers. In Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-don more than a thousand people participated in each. And in Yekaterinburg and Sverdlovsk region and does more than 2 thousand people.
Official website of the event: openlaba.com
In 2018, the ANO “Laboratory for Educational Projects” launched the Laba.media publication. It is in the format of tests, analyzes and video talks about how people and the world around are arranged from the point of view of the natural sciences. “Laba” does not use the advice of sofa experts. The publication tracks the agenda and, with the help of specialists, understands the most important and close to human topics: medicine and health, climate and ecology, chemistry and brain, death and aging, sex and food. The only boundaries of our search – the person and what surrounds him.
Official website of the publication: laba.media
The theme of the first «All-Russian laboratory» was «non-Child questions» about how the world works. «Laboratory» tested the basic knowledge of physics, chemistry, biology, geography, biology and anthropology. The questions were not designed to check the facts but to cope with the tasks using the logic, erudition, common sense and residual knowledge from the school curriculum.
During the test participants of the action had 45 minutes for all questions. And immediately after that the most important thing began: a detailed analysis of each job with «Avlabari». These are leading scientists and scientific communicators. In total there were 36 tasks in «Laboratory».
Traditionally, the action takes place on the Day of Russian Science. In 2019, it was held in more than 300 sites in Russia and 30 countries of the world: in universities, libraries, museums and more original sites. For example, on the atomic icebreaker “Lenin” in Murmansk and in one of the pubs of the Novosibirsk Academgorodok.
“Laba” was the first large-scale event in celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Mendeleev.
The participants of the action were waiting for 25 questions from all areas of natural science and engineering knowledge. According to preliminary data, the most difficult were the questions from the “Reniks” column, which concerns scientific myths and everyday misconceptions. “Laboratory technicians” were asked to answer “yes” or “no” to 12 statements.
Here are the top 5 most difficult questions
– Can a person live with one hemisphere of the brain?
– Will you come to the most northern point of the Earth, walking along the red arrow of the compass?
– Does heat always emit when erasing information?
– Is day always equal to night at the equator?
– She-cats can be tricolor but not he-cats?
In February 2019, “Open Laboratory” received the award “For Fidelity to Science”, which is conducted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, the Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow State University. The organizers of the All-Russian Prize note that in three years the action has become the largest event to test the scientific literacy of the population.