Monday, May 09, 2005

Students bring robots to 'Sacred Flame' confab

Robocon 2005, Vietnam’s national robot contest, will kick off May 10 and witness the largest-ever number of students nationwide competing.

This year, 303 robot teams - double last year’s number - from 52 universities, colleges, high schools and professional secondary schools will join the robot competition, themed “Sacred flame sparking and rising”.

Robocon 2005 is co-held by Vietnam Television, the Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Science and Technology, Communist Youth Union and main sponsor Toyota Vietnam.

According to the contest rules, each university has to organize its own qualifying rounds to choose the best teams for the regional round.

Of the total 303 robot teams, 178 of the top teams will be selected at the school-level qualifying rounds. Then 32 of the 178 teams will be chosen from the regional round taking place in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. After that, the 32 finalists will compete for the top prize in HCMC June 18 to 26.

The champion will then represent Vietnam at the Asia-Pacific contest in Beijing, China at the end of this year.

According to Professor Dr. Ho Dac Tho, headmaster of Saigon Private University of Technology, Robocon has created an interesting playground for students to bring their creations to life.

To prepare for this year’s contest, many universities, including Saigon Private University of Technology, have invested tens of millions of dong to build a practicing ground for students’ robots.

Vietnam is hoping for another victory after winning the top prize in the robot contests in Japan (2002) and Korea (2004). In 2003, the country ranked third in the robot contest in Thailand.

Reported by To Tam – Translated by Quynh Nhu.

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