More than 300 high school students competed in SAMK’s international robot competition
The robot competition, which was organized during the spring of 2022, reached its culmination in the final in May.
Dang Thi Hai Tam, Ambassador of Vietnam in Finland, gave an opening speech in the final of the robot competition.
More than 300 students from Vietnam and Finland competed in the Master Robot Builders robot competition hosted by Satakunta University of Applied Sciences. The competition was aimed at Vietnamese and Finnish high schools and 80 teams sent their submission in the time period. The teams consisted of 3 to 5 participants.
– The ideas, codes and other aspects of the robots blew the minds of the jury. We didn’t expect to see such innovative solutions. All teams that made it to the final can consider themselves winners. The margins were very small, said Santeri Koivisto, a member of the jury, with enthusiasm in the closing ceremony of the competition.
The 17 shortlisted teams presented their robots, its design and code in the final organized online. The competition assignment was to build a working robot. The theme of the competition was improving the quality of life in a classroom. The competitors were allowed to use well-known building blocks, such as GRobot, Lego and mBOT in designing the robot, which could have motors, an infrared transmitter and a loudspeaker, among other things.
Technical and cooperation skills for working life
– The idea for the Master Robot Builders competition came from the Vietnamese Ambassador to Finland. As we know, automation and robotics are becoming increasingly important for the industry as well as other sectors, said Jari Multisilta, the President of SAMK, in the opening ceremony of the competition in February 2022.
– By taking part in the competition the students have learned, for example, cooperation skills in addition to technical skills. In modern working life, it is difficult to succeed if you only do things on your own, Jari Multisilta added up.
– The competition has been a wonderful success. The Vietnamese Embassy in Finland has been following it with interest. I am glad that I saw so many teams participating in the competition. The cooperation between our countries has reached new dimensions, said Dang Thu Hai Tam, the Vietnamese Ambassador to Finland.
More information on the competition:
Timo Mattila, Vice President for Education, SAMK, tel. +358 44 710 6350
Johanna Kares-Koskinen, International Relations Coordinator, SAMK, tel. +358 44 710 3011