The finals of the Vietnam Robocon 2010 will be held on May 10 with the participation of 34 teams from schools nationwide, local news website VnExpress reported on Wednesday.
The most noticeable thing about the weeklong contest taking place in the central highlands town of Buon Me Thuot is that the finalists include both established schools and novices in the field, the news source quoted Ngoc Thai Tri, head of the contest's jury, as saying.
They were selected from 250 teams that competed at contests previously held in the northern, central and southern regions.
According to Tri, the winner of the grand finals will represent Vietnam at the ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest, which will start in Cairo this September.
Themed Robo-Pharaohs Build Pyramids, this year's annual contest challenges competitors to make robots to build assigned parts of three pyramids in sequence without using binding material between blocks.
In order to win, teams must finish building the parts first within three minutes.
This structure is repeated in every round from the preliminaries to the national finals, and then the international contest.
Last year, the SPK-Knight team from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technical Education won the national even to represent Vietnam at the Asia-wide contest held in Tokyo, where they won third prize.
Since the contest was initiated in Japan in 2002, Vietnamese entrants have made five out of seven finals and won first prize three times in 2002, 2004 and 2006.