Nationwide Talent Contest for Students Featuring Robots Held for First Time

The Danish government is providing Vietnam with assistance towards establishing STEAM Robotic education for students, featuring a top of the line playground.

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The World Robot Competition ROBOTACON – WORD ROBOT OLYMPIAD (WRO) 2023 was officially announced on April 15 at Phenikaa University in Hanoi, Vietnam. This university has been actively utilizing STEAM education in its teaching and learning curriculum. The WRO 2023 will be providing an exciting opportunity for students to showcase their robotics and engineering skills.

Robot Talent Contest for Students Held Nationwide for The First Time
Robotacon Wro 2023 is a prestigious educational contest for youngsters from 6-19 years old.

The event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Education and Training, the Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam, Hanoi’s Departments of Education and Training and other Northern provinces, as well as representatives of public, private, and international schools from Hanoi and its neighboring provinces.

Under the theme ‘CONNECTING THE WORLD’, the ROBOTACON – WRO 2023 competition is co-organised by the Embassy of Denmark and Viet Tinh Anh Joint Stock Company– LEGO® Education. This event is an opportunity to bring together passionate students from around the world to collaborate and showcase their robotics talents.

This year, the teams taking part in the competition will be divided into groups and assigned tasks related to some of the most pressing and topical issues around the globe and in Vietnam, including the conservation of marine life, the development of underwater infrastructure, and the automation of ports.

The competition in Vietnam is set to feature two qualifying rounds, taking place in Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong. Approximately 300 teams from the South and 200 teams from the North are expected to participate.

The last round to identify the finest teams and contestants to represent Vietnam in the World Final in Panama will be held in Hanoi on August 2023. Don’t miss out on the chance to witness history in the making!

At the launch ceremony, Danish Ambassador Nicolai Prytz expressed his pride in the Embassy of Denmark being one of the co-organizers of ROBOTACON – WRO 2023. He expressed his delight at the chance to collaborate on the event and be part of its success.

Since its inception in 2004, ROBOTACON-WRO has attracted more than 22,000 participants between the ages of 6 and 19 from over 60 countries.

Since 2016, Vietnamese teams have achieved remarkable success at World WRO competitions, garnering three silver and eight bronze medals.

He believes that this will be an incredible playground for young Vietnamese people to acquire the essential skills required for the 21st century, such as critical thinking, teamwork, problem-solving, and mastering technology. Moreover, the competition offers students the chance to innovate, explore, and contribute to cultivating a generation who is equipped to take on and solve the difficulties of the future.

At WRO, one of the largest robotics competitions in the world for students aged 6-19, competitors from all over the globe will compete and showcase their problem-solving and critical thinking abilities through various robotics challenges and projects. They will have the opportunity to create something new and exciting, pushing the boundaries of what they can do with robotics.

Sharing this viewpoint, a representative from LEGO® Education asserted that the ultimate objective of education is not to simply expand knowledge, but to enable students to reach their fullest potential while learning and practicing teamwork in an enjoyable and stimulating environment.

He strongly believes that the ROBOCON – WRO competition in Vietnam will prove to be an invaluable platform in locating and selecting the best teams from the country to compete in the world tournament being held in Panama in November 2020.

Dang Ngoc, the General Director of Viet Tinh Anh Joint Stock Company – the holder of the copyright to the ROBOCON WRO competition in Vietnam – was overjoyed with this year’s contest taking place throughout the nation for the first time.

This year, the competition is being expanded nationwide, which will surely provide more talented Vietnamese teams and students with a greater opportunity to partake in the field of robotics. Furthermore, we believe that an educational approach which focuses on the importance of practical lessons can help students become more confident while also allowing them to quickly comprehend and retain the knowledge they have acquired for a longer duration,” he exclaimed.

Robot Talent Contest for Students Held Nationwide for The First Time
At the exhibition of STEAM Robot LEGO® Education experiential learning models.

At the grand unveiling of the ROBOTACON-WRO 2023, co-organizers also set up an interactive exhibition of STEAM Robot LEGO® Education experiential learning models. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the STEAM Robot with LEGO equipment and technology tools, guided by the expertise of Viet Tinh Anh Company – LEGO Education specialists.

Denmark and Vietnam have had a strong partnership within the education sector since 2005, when a 10-year program was launched to assist Vietnam in creating a learner-centered art education and designing a new primary school art curriculum. Through this initiative, both countries have been able to share their knowledge and expertise in the pursuit of educational excellence.

The Comprehensive Partnership Agreement, signed between Vietnam and Denmark in 2013, has placed education as one of the main priorities for bilateral cooperation. Over the last five years, Denmark has provided considerable support to Vietnam in regards to vocational training and life-long learning, granting 700 scholarships for Vietnamese government officials to participate in short-term study courses in Denmark covering topics such as food safety, public health, and agriculture.

Students from across Vietnam have excelled in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education, with 20 teams outperforming 149 other teams from primary and secondary schools to qualify for the 2023 VEX Robotics World Championship in May in the United States. Through this exciting program, students are able to cultivate and pursue their passion for programming.

The concluding national tournament came to a close on February 25th, after two days of thrilling competition that saw over 2,000 spectators flock to the Hanoi University of Science and Technology, with an additional 7,500 people tuning in to view the action online.

The STEAM for Vietnam tournament was organized by a US non-profit organization of the same name, founded and operated by Vietnamese people from all over the globe, in collaboration with the US Embassy in Vietnam and Hanoi University of Science and Technology.

Hannah Nguyen