This year SDU traditionally takes an active part in the international action "Hour of code". The event is aimed at increasing the interest of the younger generation in the study of computer science and programming, as well as increasing the prestige of IT specialties.
SDU is one of the leading universities for the training of IT specialists, therefore, in order to popularize this direction, the university opens its doors to schoolchildren of 5-11th grades .
Today, 40 students of the Al-Farabi Specialized Gymnasium for gifted children take part in the action. Namely pupils of 4, 5, 6 classes. Children have the opportunity to independently code, in an exciting and playful form mastered the basics of programming.
- We are participating for the first time in the action. We are very interested. It's like playing Minecraft, in a short time we need to survive, get resources and think about how to go to the next level. We have already passed several levels, - said the students of the 5th class Aziz Aueskhan and Didar Kurabai.
In turn, the initiative of the movement "Hour Code" is supported by the teachers of the educational institution.
- We observe that the children are very interesting. Since at home the guys do not have the opportunity to play games, you need to learn the lessons. Children today are participating for the first time. It can be seen that the tasks develop logic, children willingly share their emotions. At first, we were against the game of Minecraft and were skeptical. But in the process they saw that the classes were aimed at studying coding, developing thinking, - said Raikhan Sagatova, a teacher of the Al-Farabi Specialized Gymnasium for gifted children.
- Over three days, about 150 schools around the country and about 16,000 students took part in the action. In one of the regions, a student of the 11th grade independently spent an hour of code for 40 children. The main task is to draw as many students as possible in the study of computer science and programming, including those who have not yet shown interest in the subject, by conducting a lesson-event using an interactive online simulator. Every year, the number of children wishing to grow, - says Damir Aldiyarov, coordinator of the movement "Hour code".
Following the results of the classes, the organizers presented special certificates to children, and also conducted an exciting excursion around the campus of the university.
Over the past two years, about 126,000 schoolchildren from 2500 schools of Kazakhstan took part in the action.
The constant partners and organizers of the project are Schools of programming Love to Code and Method, Fund of the First President, MES RK.