A four-student team from Le Hong Phong High School for the Gifted in Nam Dinh Province, northern Vietnam bagged a gold medal for their study at the 2023 World Invention Creativity Olympics (WICO) recently held in South Korea.
These students, including Vu Duc Manh, Nguyen Trong Phuc, Tran Phuong Linh, and Hoang Mai Phuc Thinh, won the gold medal for their research entitled 'Protective Effects of Melanin Nanoparticles Created from Squid Ink against X-Rays on Human Dermal Fibroblasts' at the 12th WICO held in Seoul from February 3 to 4, the school representative told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Monday.
Manh, Phuc, and Linh are 12th graders specializing in biology while Thinh is a 11th-grade major in English.
They have conducted the study under the guidance of Dr. Tran Thi Thanh Xuan, head of the biology and technology teaching team at the school.
This is the seventh time that Vietnamese students have attended WICO, an annual event organized by the Korea University Invention Association and sponsored by the South Korean Parliament.
The contest is aimed at developing scientific aptitude and promoting interest in science and technology among high school students around the world.
WICO attracts nearly 1,000 contestants annually in different fields of science and technology from dozens of countries around the world, including the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Singapore, among others.
At WICO, candidates must present their research topics in front of an international judge panel, ensuring their studies are novel, creative, and highly applicable.
At the same time, they must be capable of answering all questions from the panel.
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