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June 03, 2020

Myanmar team ranked 6th out of 163 teams at World’s first international robotics Olympics in USA

Two members of Myanmar team participates in the Global Robotics Olympics. Photo: Supplied

A team of 7 highly talented students represented Myanmar and achieved a ranking of 6 out of the 163 teams at FIRST Global Robotics Olympics, the world’s first international robotics competition. The three-day long competition took place at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., USA from 16 July to 18 July 2017, with over 100 countries from 6 continents.
Prior to the competition, Phandeeyar: Myanmar Innovation Lab with support from USAID organized a team of high school and university students (aged between 15 to 18 years old) from a pool of over 50 promising applicants, to represent Myanmar in the FIRST Global Robotics Olympics. Using the materials given from FIRST Global, the team built and innovated the robot through coaching and support form Phandeeyar: Myanmar Innovation Lab.
Mr. Jes Kaliebe Petersen, CEO of PHandeeyar: Myanmar Innovation Lab said: “Myanmar youth has extraordinary talent when it comes to technology and innovation. Achieving a top 10 ranking in technology at a global stage is truly inspiring for all of Myanmar. We hope that this story will continue to inspire many more young people to use STEM skills- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics- to build the solutions for the future of Myanmar”.
Mr. Scot Marciel, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar said: “This competition provides an environment where young, innovative thinkers can develop and fortify their ideas. The U.S. government is proud to have supported this team and the next generation of thought leaders who will set the stage and pave the way for a peaceful and prosperous Myanmar”.
The FIRST Global Myanmar team included a roster of talented enginnering students from high schools and universities: Phone Thiha Kyaw (Yangon Technological University, Inn Sein), Wai Yan Aung (Yangon Technological University, Inn Sein), Kyaw Za Aw( ILBC), Yuzana Win(University of Information Technology), May Pyae Sone Kyaw(University of Information Technology), Wai Yan Htun (Bursa Orhangazi Universitesi, Turkey), Tun Htut Aye (University of Computer Studies).


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