More Students Take Park in Vietnam VEX Robotics National Championship 2024
Students from Ha Giang, Hai Duong, Lam Dong, Phu Tho, and Hoa Binh provinces participated in the final round of the Vietnam VEX Robotics National Championship 2024 for the first time, which took place on January 20 - 21 in Hanoi.
The United States Mission to Vietnam, through the American Centers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, STEAM for Vietnam Foundation, Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), and the National Innovation Center NIC, under the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), organize the Vietnam VEX Robotics National Championship 2024.
|Students from Ha Giang province participated in the final round of the Vietnam VEX Robotics National Championship 2024 for the first time. Photo: STEAM for Vietnam
Following the success of 2023, the 2024 competition continues to develop critical and creative thinking, STEM, as well as essential skills for Vietnamese students to compete effectively in the global market.
The Vietnam VEX Robotics National Championship 2024 is a platform open to all robotics enthusiasts nationwide, without barriers based on gender, ethnicity, or geography.
Organized in compliance with REC Foundation standards, the competition will select 9 qualified Vietnamese teams to compete at the world's largest Robotics competition - the VEX Robotics World Championship 2024 in Dallas, Texas, the US.
The championship has attracted participation from 250 teams from 31 provinces and cities across Vietnam, comprising nearly 1,400 students.
Teams engaged in over 2,200 matches for the VEX IQ category and 281 matches for the VEX V5 category through challenges such as the Teamwork Challenge, Driving Skills Challenge, and Programming Skills Challenge.
Through this competition, students from across Vietnam are gaining experience and skills critical that will contribute to innovation-driven inclusive economic growth.
|About 2,000 guests attend the event at NIC Hoa Lac, with an additional 20,000 viewers following the livestream on various online platforms. Photo: STEAM for Vietnam
Dr. Tran Viet Hung, co-founder of STEAM for Vietnam, also shared, "We are delighted that now students from various regions of Vietnam have the opportunity to learn and participate in challenges no different from students in developed countries like the US. We hope that through experiences like this competition, students will gradually acquire the skills and expertise to compete in the global labor market in the future."
In May 2023, Vietnam sent 19 robotics teams to the VEX Robotics World Championship 2023 in Texas, the US, ranking fifth in the number of teams and bringing home five prizes.
Sharing about this year's championship, Mary Beth Polley, U.S. Embassy Country Public Affairs Officer stated, "This type of hands-on program is invaluable to encouraging Vietnamese students to develop the skills needed to succeed in a rapidly evolving global economy. The US Mission is thrilled to partner with MPI and HUST on this program, which reflects the strong Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between our two countries and a shared commitment to economic prosperity for both countries.“
Meanwhile, VNA cited Tan Anh, in charge of the NIC's Human Resource Development Department, stressing that participating in the tournament, in addition to demonstrating their ability in science and technology, students will also be trained meticulously in communication, presentation, teamwork, improving innovation and creativity capacity as well as the English skills.
Besides, the winning teams also have the opportunity to continue competing and compete in the international arena. This contributes to promoting the operation of the innovation ecosystem, the development of science and technology education in Vietnam, and actively contributes to building high-quality human resources in technology in the future.
One participant from Ha Giang province, Nguyen Anh Thu said her team members were extremely excited to come to Hanoi to compete, exchange, and practice skills in a modern Robotics arena, adding that this is a useful competition because it not only helps children develop their intelligence but also increase their motor skills and social skills.
She also hopes the STEM and STEAM education program will expand so that students can participate in personal development.
As a result, after 2 days of exciting competition, four teams including DD-Aquarius; SWITCH; Team 1 of Hoang Van Thu Middle School from Lang Son province and Team 11 won the "Best Team - Excellence Award".
The organizing committee also awarded many awards for programming, control, and competition style.
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