More than 300 teams from universities nationwide are competing in the qualifying round of Robocon 2007, which kicked off on Monday.
Winners of the final round, which will take place in Ha Noi from June 4 to 10, will represent Viet Nam in the Asia Pacific finals in August.
First held in 2002, the annual contest for university, college and polytechnic students in the Asia-Pacific region focuses on the design of robots.
Using a common set of design parameters, participants compete against their peers from other countries to create a robot that must perform a specific set of tasks.
This contest aims to create friendships among young people with shared interests, as well as help advance engineering and broadcasting technologies in the region.
The theme of this year’s competition is “Ha Long Bay Discovery” and will feature design parameters based on the legend of Ha Long.
Each team of robots (symbolizing dragons) will have three minutes to carry cylindrical blocks (symbolizing pearls) to build the “Ha Long” and “Bai Tu Long” islands.
The first team to finish building them (in the shape of letter V in the centre of the Game Field) will be the winner.
Legend of Ha Long
Just as the invader’s boats were approaching the shore, the dragons landed on earth and began to spit pearls from their mouths, which turned into thousands of stony islands in the sea like a great wall.
The invader’s boats could not stop in time, so they crashed into the islands and each other and broke into pieces.
After the victory, Mother Dragon and her children did not return to Heaven but stayed on earth at the place where the battle had occurred. Ha long Bay is considered to be the place where she landed and Bai Tu Long where her children landed.