Master Robot Builders 2023

SAMK and Xamk, Finland, are proud to host a Master Robot Builders robot competition for Indonesian and Vietnamese high school students.

The winners of the competition:

The 1st prize: Nguyen Du secondary school (1st group) 6th grade, Vacuum Robot

The 2nd prize: Singapore International School Gamuna Garden, Smart Fridge

The 3rd prize: LQD Highschool, Smart Binbot

Master Robot Builders

Robot competition for Indonesian and Vietnamese high school students. Competition is free of charge.


We recommend you to have teams of 3–5 students. Up to 300 teams can take part in the competition.

Timetable of the competition

Wed 14 Dec 2022 Official opening ceremony
15.00–16.15 Vietnam time, 10.00–11.15 Finnish time
Watch the recorded opening ceremony

  • Opening speeches: Dang Thi Hai Tam, Ambassador of Vietnam in Finland and Jari Multisilta, President of SAMK
  • Keynote speech: Future of robotics and why you should be part of it, Marcel van Geffen, Head of Teaching, SAMK
  • Challenge reveal, Santeri Koivisto, Head of International Affairs, Xamk

Wed 25 Jan 2023 Q&A session
15.00–16.00 Vietnam time, 10.00–11.00 Finnish time

Mon–Thu 30 Jan – 9 Feb 2023 Training sessions
15.00–17.00 Vietnam time, 10.00–12.00 Finnish time

Mon 30 Jan Training session on how to build robots and tips for the recommended kits, Petteri Pulkkinen, Senior Lecturer
Watch the recorded session

Tue 31 Jan Training session on how to run a Neural net as part of your robot software, Toni Aaltonen, Full-time Lecturer
Watch the recorded session

Wed 1 Feb Introduction to Arduino C/C++ Programming, Teemu Saarelainen, Xamk
Attn: 17.00–19.00 Vietnam time, 12.00–14.00 Finnish time
Watch the recorded session

Thu 9 Feb  Presentation on studying in Finland, Johanna Kares-Koskinen and Elina Valkama, Education Export Team, SAMK and Minna Hämäläinen and Anu Pirttimäki, Xamk
Watch the recorded session

Wed 15 Feb 2023 Registration closed
22.00 Vietnam time, 17.00 Finnish time

Participating teams start to work

Wed 8 March 2023 Deadline for submissions
22.00 Vietnam time, 17.00 Finnish time

  • Submissions as video clips on functioning robots + screenshots/codebase of the program running it

Tue 14 March 2023 Top 20 teams of finals announced
The final results will be sent to the leaders of the top 20 teams by e-mail on Tue 14 March.

  • Final evaluation criteria and schedule

Thu 16 March 2023 Training session on how to present at the finals
13.00–15.00 Vietnam time, 8.00–10.00 Finnish time

Thu 23 March 2023 Finals
15.00–17.30 Vietnam time, 10.00–12.30 Finnish time

  • Opening speeches: Mr Santeri Koivisto, Head of International Affairs and Education Export/XAMK, Mr Timo Mattila, Vice President, Education/SAMK and Mr Heikki Saastamoinen, CEO, President/XAMK

  • Live functioning robot + presentation on the structure and code
  • All the participants will be able to watch the presentations in the final session.

Watch the recorded session (main stage)

Watch the recorded session (room 1)


Prizes for teams

  1. 150€
  2. 100€
  3. 50€

Master Robot Builders robot competition for Vietnamese high school students in Spring 2023.

Official opening ceremony of Master Robot Builders 2023 robot competition on 14 Dec 2022.

The theme of the competition

Robotics, AI and automation is coming to many aspects of life. This includes home helpers, such as robot vacuums, but do you have any robots in the kitchen? Time to change that!
The Challenge: Develop a robot which helps with practical tasks in the home kitchen.

Robot sensor and part restrictions

In order to guarantee an equal playing field, there are some limitations to your robot creations.

Software side you can do what you best see fit! There are no limitations to software. We will do our best to help you to surpass your original plans.

The maximum limitations are (not necessary to use all of these):

  • Maximum three motors
  • Infrared transmitter
  • Speaker / ’horn’
  • Visible light sensor
  • Infrared sensor
  • Ultrasounds sensor
  • Camera

Structural parts are not limited. You can use a mobile phone and/or a laptop as part of your creation.

You DO NOT need to use all the components mentioned in the list. You can add LEDs and such as much as you like.

Maximum height A4-sized paper, no width limitations. The size of A4-sized paper is 210×297 mm. Please demonstrate on your submission video that your robot meets the requirement by placing A4 paper next to your robot.

Suitable kits are, for example: mBOT, Lego robots, GRobot. All kits are possible (not only those mentioned)

Please get in touch if there are any questions regarding the restrictions or rules! We keep the right to change these rules if needed.


Submission is done per a team and as video clips (max. 5 minutes) on functioning robots. You can share e.g. link to Youtube video or Dropbox. You should also include screenshots / codebase of the program running it. If possible please name the submissions according to the firstname.surname of the contact person of the team. Please notice, that all submissions need to be unprotected so that the evaluation is possible for the judges and make sure everyone with the link can view the file.

Presentation in the finals

All teams will present their robots and their structure and code in the finals. It is recommended to use English when presenting the function of the robot. You can use e.g. NAB model (need, approach, benefits) when presenting the robots.


The evaluation will be as follows: 1/3 is about the idea, 1/3 is about engineering/technical part, 1/3 is about coding.

The participation certificates per a team will be delivered by e-mail to the leader of the group in a month.

More information:

International Relations Coordinator, Education Export, SAMK
Johanna Kares-Koskinen

Master Robot 2023

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