This year is the 20th anniversary of the Youth Academy of Science (YAS). This contest helps students to develop their scientific skills. It has tree tours: at the schools level, at the oblast level in Zaporizhzhya National University at the All-Ukrainian level in Kyiv. But it hasn't been like this all the time. The director of the Zaporizhzhya Center of Technical and Scientific Creativity of Youth Mykhaylo Edel tells us about the history of YAS and the idea of its creation.