people keen on scientific innovation will gather in Vietnam late this year for
the seventh international Youth Science and Technology Innovation Contest.
Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan last Thursday called the first meeting to
discuss organizing the contest in Hanoi. There will be a related exhibition
alongside the contest, local newswire Vnexpress reported.
PM will be the honorable chairman of the national steering council of the
Fund for Supporting Scientific and Technological Creations (VIFOTEC), which is
handling the technical issues of the event, said around 1,500 people from
30-plus countries and territories would participate in the contest.
contest was first organized in Japan in 2004 before moving to Malaysia, South
Korea, India, Taiwan and Nigeria in the following years.
is open for children between 6 to 19 years of age. They will create study tools,
computer software, children's toys and entertainment devices, as well as
mechanisms for environmental protection, economic development and energy saving.
creations will be evaluated for their originality, creativeness and the chance
that they can be applied in the real world.
praise will be given to products made from local materials or that recycle
In 2008, Le
Trong Hieu of Vietnam won the special prize in Taipei with a school bag that can
also function as a lifebuoy.
Duc's corn shelling machine won Vietnam another special prize in South Korea
where Le Trung Anh's robot pesticide sprayer took home a bronze medal.