Vietnam to host international science contest

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Young people keen on scientific innovation will gather in Vietnam late this year for the seventh international Youth Science and Technology Innovation Contest.

Deputy 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.

The deputy PM will be the honorable chairman of the national steering council of the events.

The Vietnam 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.

The annual contest was first organized in Japan in 2004 before moving to Malaysia, South Korea, India, Taiwan and Nigeria in the following years.

The contest 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.

The creations will be evaluated for their originality, creativeness and the chance that they can be applied in the real world.

Extra praise will be given to products made from local materials or that recycle waste.

In 2008, Le Trong Hieu of Vietnam won the special prize in Taipei with a school bag that can also function as a lifebuoy.

Trinh Van 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.

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