HANOI, December 6, 2022 – STEAM for Vietnam, The American Centers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi University of Science and Technology host a press event to announce our cooperation in organizing the Vietnam VEX IQ National Championship 2023.
With a mission to bring free world-class STEAM education to Vietnamese students, STEAM for Vietnam Foundation and partners have launched the A Year of Robotics initiative to ensure that Vietnamese students receive comparable opportunities to learn and practice modern robotics components and compete in global robotics tournaments similarly to their U.S. counterparts. The course: CS201- Introduction to Robotics Design and Programming with VEX IQ organized by STEAM for Vietnam Foundation, has built a network of 500 teachers and more than 600 students participating across Vietnam, including in rural areas such as Phu Quy Island district (Binh Thuan). These programs help eliminate inequities related to gender, ethnicity and geography and bring STEAM education closer to local communities.
Following the success of the 2022 National Robotics Friendly Tournament, where U.S. Ambassador Marc Knapper stated: “I just cannot express how impressed I am with the 49 outstanding student robotics teams competing in the National Robotics Tournament as a result of the collaboration between the American Center, STEAM for Vietnam and Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam has a bright future!”, event sponsors set a more ambitious goal to organize a 2023 Vietnam VEX IQ National Championship following international standards outlined by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (REC) with the aspiration of bringing ten Vietnamese teams to compete at the world’s largest robotics competition: VEX Robotics World Championship 2023 in Dallas, Texas.
The 2023 Vietnam VEX IQ National Robotics Championship consists of a primary student group for students aged 12 and under, and a junior student group for students aged 15 and under. The program hopes to attract approximately 250 teams nationwide. The 2023 Vietnam VEX IQ National Robotics Championship is a large-scale robotics tournament that helps students across the country have hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math furthering their learning outcomes. Additionally, students develop necessary soft skills for the future, such as computational thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. The 2023 Vietnam VEX IQ National Robotics Championship and the A Year of Robotics initiative demonstrates STEAM for Vietnam Foundation’s mission to equip future generations of Vietnamese students with world-class STEAM education and the most advanced technology to compete globally. STEAM for Vietnam Foundation co-founder- Dr. Tran Viet Hung shared: “We are delighted that students from all regions of Vietnam now have the opportunity to study and participate in challenges just like students from developed countries such as the United States. Our hope is that by participating in this tournament, Vietnamese students will gradually gain the essential skills and experience necessary to be able to compete in the global market in the future.”
After ongoing cooperation in organizing joint activities related to computational thinking, programming, and robotics, Hanoi University of Science and Technology and STEAM for Vietnam Foundation officially became strategic partners developing a curriculum to train a new generation capable of succeeding at the highest levels. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Phong Dien – Vice-President of the University of Science and Technology shared: “The 2023 Vietnam VEX IQ National Robotics Championship and the A Year of Robotics imitative are wonderful opportunities to promote STEAM education to students and to attract students who are interested in math, physics, chemistry, cybernetics, and programming to enroll in degree programs as well as improve student preparedness more broadly”.
For photos of the press conference, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/pressconfernece (this link goes to a local Google drive folder)
For photos of the National Robotics Tournament 2022, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/roboticstournament (this link goes to a local Google drive folder)
For more information on the program and the application process, please visit: the STEAM website.