Digital Development Project Office News
3 December 2020
At the second "Digital Lesson" Samara schoolchildren were told about neural networks and the "Digital Economy" national project
On December 3, within the frames of the all-Russian educational project "Digital Lesson" the second lesson of this year on the topic "Neural networks and communications" was held for schoolchildren from the Samara region. "Digital Lesson" is a nationwide educational project within the program "Manpower for Digital Economy" of the national project "Digital Economy", which enables students to get knowledge about the spheres of activity of the leading IT companies and state corporations, as well as trends of development of information technologies. Classes at the thematic simulators of the project are held in the form of fascinating online games for three age groups - elementary, middle, and high school pupils.
Improvement of the education system and creation of conditions for competent personnel training is the main goal of the regional project "Manpower for Digital Economy" of the national program "Digital Economy", initiated by President Vladimir Putin. The increased demand for specialists in the field of digitalization has recently raised the interest of young people in technical and engineering professions, and this interest is supported by the regional government. Arranging such useful professional guiding and educational IT-events as "Digital Lesson" is under special control of Governor of the Samara region Dmitry Azarov.

Deputy Head of ITC Department of the Samara region Pavel Gokin at the opening ceremony of "Digital Lesson" emphasized that the number of budgetary places in Samara universities for engineering and IT specialties is increasing year by year. "The state realizes pretty well that modern society needs digital skills to have opportunities for self-realization and professional development. Having developed pupils' interest in programming and digital technologies, we help them not only to prepare for life in digital world, but also to find themselves in it as successful and highly qualified potential specialists. All these become possible, among other things, due to «Digital Lessons", he said.

The main aim of the open lesson is to form the idea of neural network technology, the principles of its work and ways of its application on the basis of actual and interesting examples. Weather forecasting, unmanned cars, medical diagnostics, voice assistants and many other things have become possible due to neural networks.
The lesson on neural networks and communications consists of a video lecture, a vocational guidance test and online simulator. Students of all grades (from 1 to 11) can take the lessons remotely via computer, smartphone or tablet until December 13, and both parents and teachers can support them. Students in grades 1 through 4 will learn how to train a neural network using simple examples and try to build an algorithm to recommend friends for social media. Middle school students will teach a neural network to recognize faces to try on augmented reality masks. They will also learn how to match news to users' interests. High school students will get to know how neural networks are used in app development and will go through all the stages of developing their own mini-app from analysis and research to testing and release.

«In the future, the influence of neural networks on different spheres of human life will increase many times over. They are already actively used in many sectors of the economy, and our company actively uses the products created with the help of neural networks", said Alexander Kolodochko, head of the Cloud Castle Samara IT company. - "But we need people who know how to work with them. "Digital Lessons" are capable to provoke children’s interested in information technologies. It is very important for Samara and all IT companies that people choose these specialities, study, enter information technologies faculties and in the future come to work in our companies".

Dmitry Kamynin, head of the Project Office for Digital Development of the Samara region, highlighted, "In terms of attendance of the "Digital Class" the Samara region is steadily in the top 10 of the best regions of Russia from year to year. This fact points that Samara schoolchildren display a great interest in digital technologies and digital development. This is very encouraging, because today's schoolchildren are future programmers, future employees of IT companies, they are those who will move the Samara region forward on the way of digital transformation».

For reference: the educational project for schoolchildren "Digital Lesson" was launched in December 2018 by the initiative of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation and ANO "Digital Economy". The tasks of the project are development of digital competencies of schoolchildren and early career guidance. These lessons help children to navigate successfully in the world of modern IT professions. Last school year «Digital Lesson» covered more than half of Russian schoolchildren. Within two years children, parents and teachers have accessed the lessons available on the project site more than 30 million times. The project has covered all 85 regions of Russia, and in the 2019/2020 school year it has expanded its geography: with the support of Rossotrudnichestvo the students of Russian-speaking schools from 100 countries received simulators from leading Russian digital economy companies.