World Robot Competition ROBOTACON WRO 2023 in Vietnam organized for first time nationwide
|The Danish ambassador Nicolai Prytz. (Photo: Thuy Tien)|
Today, April 14, the World Robot Competition ROBOTACON - WORD ROBOT OLYMPIAD (WRO) 2023 in Vietnam was officially launched at Phenikaa University (Hanoi), one of the schools that have been applying STEAM education to the teaching and learning program.
The event welcomed attendance of representatives of the Ministry of Education and Training, the Embassy of Denmark, Departments of Education and Training in Hanoi and other Northern provinces and representatives of public, private and international schools in Hanoi and neighboring provinces.
Under the theme ‘CONNECTING THE WORLD’, the ROBOTACON WRO 2023 competition is co-organized by the Embassy of Denmark and Viet Tinh Anh Joint Stock Company– LEGO® Education. This year, the teams participating in the contest will be divided into groups with tasks under various topics of current interests around the world and Vietnam such as marine life conservation, underwater infrastructure, port automation, etc.
At the launching ceremony, the Danish Ambassador Nicolai Prytz said: 'I am very proud that the Embassy of Denmark is one of the co-organizers of ROBOTACON - WRO 2023, the largest and most prestigious competition dedicated to science, technology, and education in Vietnam for students aged 6-19 years. I believe that this will be an amazing playground for young Vietnamese people to learn necessary skills needed for the 21st century such as critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving, and mastering technology. The competition also provides an opportunity for students to innovate and discover and thereby contribute to nurturing a generation who is ready to face and solve problems and challenges of the future'.
Sharing this view, a LEGO® Education representative added: 'We believe that the ultimate goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to help students develop to their full potential as well as developing team skills through practice and learning in a fun and engaging way. LEGO® Education, currently, has been the world leader in robotics education. I hope this ROBOCON -WRO competition in Vietnam will continue to help find the best teams representing Vietnam to compete in the world competition held in Panama in November this year’.
|This year, the teams participating in the contest will be divided into groups with tasks under various topics of current interests around the world and Vietnam such as marine life conservation, underwater infrastructure, port automation, etc. (Photo: Thuy Tien)|
Ms. Dang Ngoc, General Director of Viet Tinh Anh Joint Stock Company, which holds the copyright of ROBOCON WRO competition in Vietnam, was delighted with this year's contest being held countrywide for the first time: 'Being expanded nationwide this year, this competition will definitely increase the chance to select more talented Vietnamese teams and students in robotics. Together with LEGO® Education, Viet Tinh Anh Company always strives to design STEAM education solution packages from preschool to high school, to meet different needs of educational institutions. We believe that an educational approach that emphasizes the role of practical lessons will help students become more confident, quickly grasp as well as retain the knowledge they have learned for a longer time’.
This year, the ROBOCON - WRO competition in Vietnam will have two qualifying rounds: in Ho Chi Minh City with an expected 300 teams from the South and in Hai Phong with an expected 200 teams from the North. The final round to find the best teams and contestants representing Vietnam in the World Final in Panama will take place in Hanoi in August 2023.
At the launching ceremony of the ROBOTACON-WRO 2023 this morning, the co-organizers also arranged an exhibition of STEAM Robot LEGO® Education experiential learning models. Participants will get the chance to experience STEAM Robot with LEGO equipment and technology tools under the guidance of Viet Tinh Anh Company – LEGO Education experts.
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, and the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking. The end result are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration and work through creative processes. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century.
Denmark and Vietnam have been cooperating closely within the education sector since 2005, where a 10 year programme to support Vietnam in introducing a new learner-centered art education and developing a new art curriculum for primary schools was introduced.
Under the Comprehensive Partnership Agreement signed between the two countries in September 2013, education continues to be one of the priority sectors for cooperation. In recent years, Denmark has supported Vietnam in the areas of vocational training and life-long learning. For the past 5 years, Denmark has provided short-term scholarships for 700 Vietnamese government officials to attend short terms study courses in Denmark in the fields of food safety, public health, agriculture, etc.