The results of the National IT-Camps for high school students were summed up in Anapa

21 April 2014

In Anapa, on 12 April 2014 the Federal Children’s Center “Smena” hosted the key event of the “IT-Start” programme; the closure of the National Speciality Camps for high school students, “Start IT” and “Robotics”, organised by the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, with the support of the Art, Science, and Sport Charity Foundation.

For two weeks, the participants of “IT-Start” had to create their first projects in the field of information technology from scratch and present them to experts in conditions as close as possible to the real atmosphere of the IT-market. According to the results, the winning projects were: “Automated Washer Complex” (Rossosh town, Voronezh Region) and “VAZ-200” (Volgodonsk, Rostov Region).

Whereas the young participants of the “Robotics” section competed in “Sumo”, “Kegelring” and “FIRST Tech Challenge” (FTC). The “FTC” contest was won by the Irkutsk team, “Sumo” was dominated by the Novorossiysk team, “Kegelring” — by boys and girls from the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). In total, over 300 pupils from across 20 regions of Russia took part in this year’s “IT-Start” and “Robotics” Camps.

In general, the “IT-Start” Federal Programme consists of a set of projects with a common goal of getting pupils into the field of scientific and technical creativity and programming, helping them acquire the necessary practical skills, theoretical knowledge and understanding of the industry and the various career paths available in the field of information technology.

For example, in the framework of the “IT-Start” programme, in March-April 2014, the “Hello, Robot!” regional robotics festivals were held in Novosibirsk, Astrakhan, Yaroslavl and Vologda. The competitive moments of the festivals included races, labyrinths, robo-football, a biathlon and more. Similar events are expected soon in the Volga and Urals federal districts.

In total, in 2014 “Hello, Robot!” will cover the seven federal districts: Siberian, South, Central, North-Western, the Urals, Volga and Far Eastern Federal Districts. The total number of participants in the robotic festivals will be around a thousand young people between the ages of fourteen and eighteen.

Extensive work is also planned for June-August, when more than 30 of Russia’s regions will hold their specialised summer camps, the most successful participants of which will meet once more in Anapa, for the 2015 round of the “Smena” Youth Camp.

“Working with school pupils is a priority of the ‘IT-Start’ programme. It is up to them, the senior pupils, to define the competitiveness of Russia’s IT-industry,” — says the programme manager Stanislav Sakharov.

Thanks to collaboration with the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, in 2014 over 10 thousand Russian senior school pupils interested in IT will be able to participate in “IT-Start”.

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