The third edition of the Hour of Code campaign in Russia was celebrated on December 5-12, 2016. The week-long initiative was supported by the leading Russian IT companies, Microsoft as well as the Ministry of ICT and the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation that brought it to the National level.

The campaign became the biggest educational event in Russia that challenged thousands of youngsters to learn, code, create and share through a large series of coding classes, presentations and meetings with IT specialists, contests, e-skills testing, online safety seminars and IT career guidance trainings.

Over 120 youth coding clubs and 26 computer training centers with more than 40,000 young participants were involved in the campaign. Using tools and techniques provided by the IT for Youth project, trainers and teachers conducted numerous events and activities to promote computer science and coding as an exciting and engaging process, and to expose youth to career opportunities in the IT field.

Within the Hour of Code campaign, quite a number of Russian youth from remote areas got opportunities to receive quality basic training in computer science. Kids of varying ages and diverse backgrounds were able to participate in meetings with IT leaders, learn the basics of programming with the help of online simulator and create their own 3D games.

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