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Youngsters from the remote villages of the Kaliningrad region took a small step toward their future by participating in Hour of Code 2015.

Russia | IT for Youth | 1 Mar 2016


Success
For the second year in a row, the IT for Youth project training center in Kaliningrad had great success when participating in the Hour of Code campaign. This year the center has expanded the initiative to reach Russian youths in remote areas and inspire them to learn basics of Computer Science and coding.

Overview
For the second year in a row, the IT for Youth project training center in Kaliningrad had great success when participating in the Hour of Code campaign. This year the center has expanded the initiative to reach Russian youths in remote areas and inspire them to learn basics of Computer Science and coding. Prior to the campaign start, the Kaliningrad center coordinator provided the coding tutorial to the libraries in remote areas in an effort to support coding education throughout the region. The result exceeded expectations – all rural libraries of the region joined the Hour of Code initiative.

One of the most active participants was the library in Pokrovskoye – the faraway village with 400 residents, including 30 schoolchildren. Since there is no school in the village, thirteen kids aged from 7 to 12 years came to the library to get a taste of learning to code. The trainers gave the students some background about the history of computing and explained that computers are everywhere. Next, they watched an inspiring video from the leading IT specialists and participated in the Online Safety workshop, and then started working with the tutorial. Huddled around few computers in small groups, the kids tried to code their robot's way to the next level. The process totally captivated them. They weren't frustrated when the "puzzles" got challenging. Instead, they pushed themselves even harder.

“It was very challenging. It helped me with perseverance. I really liked it, - the young coders said about their first experience.

“It was amazing to see the excitement, not only over the free t-shirts we gave them, but in coding!”, the opinion shared by Ludmila Golubyatnikova, the project center coordinator and initiator of the event.

It was just one hour. But it’s an hour that could change young lives forever, and help guide them to a better future.

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