Central Highlands Boarding School for Ethnic Minorities (Dak Lak province) student and member of winning team NTTN Nguyen Huy Hoang appreciated the opportunity to develop his teamwork skills while learning new knowledge he has never had before.
“I would like to thank RMIT University for organising such a fun and interesting competition for us, helping us experience and gain new knowledge, and enlighten our new passion for robotics technology,” Hoang said.
Fellow team member Pham Van Hiep shared his proudest moment in the semi-final when “we successfully completed the round in only 25 seconds and achieved a maximum score of 20 in the first scoring”.
“We faced many challenges along the way such as group coordination and application of the commands into the program, however, at the end of the day, I learnt how to collaborate with others effectively and how to apply knowledge I learnt into my study,” Hiep said.
The competition was also useful for teachers in terms of planning STEM topics for upcoming activities, said Central Highlands Boarding School for Ethnic Minorities (Dak Lak province) teacher Nguyen Nhu Cuong.
“I think this is a necessary playground for schools in remote areas with limited learning resources,” he said.
“It challenged students to try new technologies and inspired both the competing team and other students at my school to learn about information technology. They have become more active in learning about STEM.
“Through the contest, I can also connect with colleagues across Vietnam and learn the essential scientific and professional techniques to organise a similar competition for my school.”
Initially launched last year, the 2022 National Online Robotics competition attracted the participation of eight teams from six high schools.
“This is part of our effort in making STEM education more accessible to the community and supporting Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) in the implementation of the new general education program,” CODE Digital Outreach and Engagement Manager Ms Yen said.
Story: Ha Hoang