Dow supports child innovators as the Thai national team competing in FIRST® Lego® League and international arenas
Bangkok - 18 April 2022 - Dow Thailand Group (Dow), the world's leading materials science company, in collaboration with the National Science Museum (NSM) and GAMMACO THAILAND, organized the children's robotics competition "FIRST® Lego® League Thailand Season 2021/22" for primary and secondary school kids. The awards include trophies and Lego sets. The competition aims to develop Thai child inventors and select the Thai national team to further compete in the international arenas.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the FIRST® Lego® League Thailand Season 2021/22 was organized via Zoom application at the beginning of April 2022. The theme was "CARGO CONNECT," developing Lego robots designated for cargo transportation. The competition is promoting the development of knowledge and such skills as a thinking process, problem-solving, and teamwork through STEM Education, i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The emphasis is also placed on developing initiative skills concerning robot development, an essential industry foundation for the future.
Poranee Kongamornpinyo, Corporate Affairs Director, Dow Thailand Group, said, "Dow as an innovation company, recognizes the significance of developing human resources in science and technology to become Thailand's innovators which are still in great demand and necessary for national development. We believe that the first step to building a sustainable future for Thailand to overcome the "middle-income country" trap is to inspire children to love science and technology through fun learning and hands-on experience. Dow is committed to actively and continuously promoting STEM education in many ways, including supporting this competition, which was organized, with collaboration from FIRST, in Thailand and many other countries worldwide."
Dr. Nuanwan Cha-Um, President of FIRST® Lego® League Thailand, said, "The Lego sets are made from food-grade materials which are safe for children. Such strong and durable materials can be customized into blocks of various sizes and connected into different shapes based on children's imagination. The Lego sets can be a tool to promote imagination, creativity, and efficient learning. This competition would encourage the kids to employ skills related to scientific and technological processes. Joining the competition in teams also promotes effective collaboration while encouraging the participants to learn and practically develop critical thinking, analyzing, researching, and experimenting with a world-class robotic program, since the children have to develop the prototype robots according to the requirements assigned by the committee. The event also leads to a learning network and inspiration to develop other creative innovations."
The FIRST® Lego® League Thailand Season 2021/22 is competing in two categories, i.e., FLL Explore for the students of primary schools, age 6-10, and FLL Challenge for the students of primary and secondary schools, age 9-16. Over 50 teams from the schools nationwide attended this event, designing and developing the logistic robots with LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 and SPIKE Essential.
The winner of Champion's Award: 1st Place in FLL Explore was the Super Engineer Team, receiving a trophy, a certificate, LEGO® Education SPIKETM Essential Set, Green City Challenge Set, and the right to be Thailand national team in international competitions. Smart Kid Team won the Champion's Award: 2nd Place, obtaining a trophy, a certificate, and LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0. There were also other 14 special awards.
The winner of Champion's Award: 1st Place in FLL Challenge was the PANYA ROBOT Team. The team received a trophy, a certificate, LEGO® Education SPIKETM PRIME Set, Green City Challenge Set, and the right to participate in international competitions on behalf of Thailand. The Champion's Award: 2nd Place went to the Fast Ztep Team, receiving a trophy, a certificate, and a LEGO® Education SPIKETM PRIME Set. Moreover, there were other 22 special awards given to the participating teams.
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