A match in the national Robotic Contest 2016 final that kicked off on May 9. (Source: vtv.vn)

Ninh Binh (VNA) – The national Robotic Contest 2016, or Robocon 2016, final got underway at the Ninh Binh Gymnasium in the Red River Delta province of Ninh Binh following an opening ceremony on May 9.

The 15th contest, which also serves as a national qualifier for the ABU Asia-Pacific Robocon contest held by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, aims to nurture knowledge and for advanced technology among university students.

This year’s final features 32 teams divided into eight groups. The two leading teams in each group will advance to the knock-out stages.

The winner will represent Vietnam at the ABU Robocon in Bangkok, Thailand.

The matches in Group B took place following the opening ceremony.

The event will conclude on May 14 and matches begin at 8pm and are all to broadcast live on VTV2 channel.

The ABU Asia-Pacific contest this year is themed “ Clean Energy Recharging the World ” in order to boost awareness of efficient energy usage and clean and energy utilisation.

Each team has to build two robots, an Eco Robot and a Hybrid Robot. The Eco Robot doesn’t have an actuator to drive. It receives the driving energy from the Hybrid Robot.

Last year, Vietnam’s representative, the Hung Yen University of Technology and Education, won the ABU Robocon contest held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. That was Vietnam’s fifth victory at the event, which made its debut in 2002.-VNA