Students from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have won a selective national competition organized on January 27 and 28 in the southern city and thus qualified to participate in a global scientific and technological contest that will take place in the US this year.
The champions of differing age categories are three teams of students from Wellington High School in the Vietnamese capital, from Le Ngoc Han Elementary School and from the Western Australia International School System, both in Ho Chi Minh City.
They will compete in the FIRST LEGO League, an annually international competition for elementary and middle school students, aged six to 16, in Houston in April.
The students are usually challenged to figure out solutions to a real-world problem, mainly by designing robots to complete certain tasks, and to present their ideas to the judges.
This contest draws over 255,000 participants and 32,000 teams from more than 88 countries worldwide annually.
Vietnam held its local qualifying tournament, FIRST LEGO League Vietnam 2018, in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City.
The event was open to children from about 120 eligible educational institutions in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring areas.
While all teams were required to make presentations, the elementary school ones used a given piece of software for the competition, and the high school counterparts assembled Lego bricks into a working robot able to deal with an assigned job.