The Saigontimes – Technology contest for students concludes

12/07/2019 - 6:30

The final of “I love science – Little technology talents” 2018-2019 contest for students aged between 8 and 15 from across the country took place on June 2 and found out 10 winning teams.

With the theme “Minecraft Hackathon – Smart City”, the contest was jointly organized by Microsoft Vietnam, Teky Steam Academy, and the Central Council of the Ho Chi Minh Vanguard Children’s Union.

The contest offered prizes totaling VND2 billion, including cash and technology scholarships. The first, second and third prizes were worth VND30 million, VND20 million and VND10 million respectively.

The seven-month long contest attracted more than 1,100 students with 280 products. Each team was required to develop a smart city model by creating and seeking smart solutions for buildings, offices, houses and traffic systems.

These solutions, based on programming languages like Makecode-Minecraft, Tynker-Minecraft and Python-Minecraft, were expected to contribute to improving urban living standards and the quality of public services and enhancing the efficiency in the use of energy and natural resources.

Some of the most notable products created by the contestants were automatic fire detection and alarm system, automatic street light control system, artificial solar system, and automatic watering system for plants.

The contest created an exciting playground that inspired students’ love for science and creativity, and encouraged them to create useful products that help address today’s issues such as traffic congestion, power shortage, pollution, and other environmental problems.

By Van Ly – The Saigontimes