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Ho Chi Minh City holds coding contest for third-to-sixth graders

Sunday, November 29, 2020, 17:18 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City holds coding contest for third-to-sixth graders
The interface of Code Monkey, which will be used in the Coding Olympics Ho Chi Minh City 2020

The Department of Science and Technology of Ho Chi Minh City has officially launched the Coding Olympics Ho Chi Minh City 2020 contest, a playground for young students of third to sixth grades.

The launch of the competition took place at Saigon Innovation Hub (Sihub) on Wednesday.

This is part of the ongoing 2020 Ho Chi Minh City Innovation, Startup, and Entrepreneurship Week (WHISE) jointly held by the Department of Science and Technology, iGroup – MangoSTEEMS, and KDI Education.

Students from third to sixth grades nationwide are eligible to compete in the contest, according to the organizers.

Contestants will be divided into two groups, in which group A includes grade-3 and -4 students and group B comprises fifth and sixth graders.

In the first round, named ‘Overcome Challenges,’ contenders will be asked to fulfill 130 tasks of Coding Adventure under a teacher’s instructions.

For the second round, the ‘Coding Arena,’ competitors will gather to overcome 12 out of 15 challenges in the required time to be qualified for the final stage.

The final round is scheduled to take place on January 30, 2021.

Nguyen Thi Kim Hue, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology, speaks at the launch of the Coding Olympics Ho Chi Minh City 2020, November 25, 2020. Photo: Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Kim Hue, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology, speaks at the launch of the Coding Olympics Ho Chi Minh City 2020, November 25, 2020. Photo: Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre

The Coding Olympics HCMC 2020 is based on the coding brainstorm solution Code Money using the programming language of CoffeeScript.

This is one of the most well-known coding training programs for children in the world.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Nguyen Thi Kim Hue, deputy director of the Department of Science and Technology, expected that the competition would attract children into the world of STEMS – an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math.

Hue hoped that this year’s competition would welcome more than 300 contestants.

Students who finish in the top rank of the two groups will be presented with many awards and chosen to compete at international playgrounds.

Applications for the contest are open until the end of December 4.

Students can register at their schools or nearby testing sites.

They can also sign up online at https://mangosteems.com/event/coding-olympics-vietnam-2020/.

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Kim Thoa - Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre News

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