Student teams represent Vietnam at int’l robot competition

Student teams from Vietnam will compete in the World Robot Olympiad 2017 final

The Ho Chi Minh City student delegation members pose before leaving for the World Robot Olympiad 2017 final in Costa Rica. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese students are gearing up for the final round of an international robot competition in Costa Rica this weekend.

Representatives of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training on Wednesday led a delegation of 24 students to Costa Rica for the final round of the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) 2017, scheduled for November 11 and 12.

This year’s open category is themed ‘Sustainabots: Robots for Sustainability.’

In line with the theme, three teams from the Western Australian International School, University of Science-National University Ho Chi Minh City, and Le Hong Phong High School for Elite Students, will showcase robots which demonstrate solutions to sustainability-related issues.

To rise to that challenge, one team developed a multi-terrain rescue robot capable of providing tourism services, another made energy-saving automatic traffic lights, and the third created a sustainable thermoenergy city model.

The other five teams, all from local high schools and middle schools, will compete in the programming and robot control categories.

Each of the teams representing Vietnam at the competition was able to take home a top prize in the national round of the WRO Robotacon 2017 competition in late August.      

Upon arrival in Costa Rica, the Ho Chi Minh City teams will meet-up with nine students from three teams representing Hanoi, conduct mock runs, and prepare for the competition.

The World Robot Olympiad aims to bring together young people from all over the world to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills through challenging and educational robotics competitions, according to its website.

Since its inception in 2004, the World Robot Olympiad has strived to become a truly global competition.

WRO tournaments are organized in more than 60 countries, with the WRO international final in November being hosted by a different country each year.

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