The Service Learning (SL)/SL-STEM competition 2019

The Service Learning (SL)/SL-STEM competition 2019

Closing picture of competition.

Attending the Service Learning (SL)/SL-STEM competition 2019 at University of Science – Ho Chi Minh City, six judges from Ireland, Germany and England and the participants had a chance to view 50 different SL/SL-STEM projects from Ireland and Vietnam including 14 presentations and 35 posters. 

Assoc. Prof. Tran Minh Triet delivers the openning remark of the competition.

The organization of the competition received generous supports from the heads of University of Science and our project partner from Dublin City University. In the opening of the competition, Assoc. Prof. Tran Minh Triet implied the importance of Service Learning and STEM in education and society as well as the objectives of the competition: The international competition aims to create a platform for lecturers, teachers and students to show their civic responsibilities with the communities to help solve real life problems by integrating SL and/or STEM elements into their projects… It provides evidence for increasingly recognizing the importance of enhancing civic engagement and STEM elements into education activities...”.  In the opening speech from representative of Dublin City University, Ms. Joanna expressed her great appreciation to Irish Aid and Embassy of Ireland in Vietnam for supporting the cooperation project which had brought Irish and Vietnam communities closer together during the trend of societal development.


The presentation goes with exciting experiment performance.

A participant enjoys the poster exhibition.

The competition has left its participants a deep impression of all the innovative and practical ideals, as well as the enthusiasm and thoughtful preparation for both the presentation and the poster exhibition, which helps international specialists to understand more clearly about Vietnamese’s capability. The Irish teams also showed many meaningful projects which help solves many communities’ problems.

After almost 2 days of tireless working, the specialists have agreed to give the awards to the following teams:

The only prize for the most outstanding Irish team, worth 1000 € was given to Austin Campbell, the author of “My streets” project. The project’s main objective is to offer homeless people a chance to attend tourism training courses hosted by professional instructors. The project provides opportunities for its graduates to work as tour guides. The knowledge and life experiences of these tour guides will give tourists a unique and fascinating journey.

Ms. Joanna Ozarowska is awarding the best Irish project.

The consolation prize worth 150 € went to Nguyen Hai Anh, Do Minh Chau, Chu Thien Khai and instructor Ms. Bui Dieu Linh from Ha Noi with the project: “Water treatment by mucilage extracted form dragon fruit peel”. The idea of using dragon fruit peel to extract a substance that can purify contaminated water has not only shown incredible creativity but also their professionality in conducting scientific research.

The project: “SL-STEM Education in the development of environmental awareness among students” of Pham Viet Dung, Hoang Ngoc Anh, Dao Thi Bich Ha and Tran Thi Thanh Ha from Ha Noi University of Pedagogy has persuaded judges to grant them the third prize of 200 € for the idea of building academic page “Vui hoc STEM” to support teachers and students in approaching STEM education easily. Their presentation was illustrated with interesting experiments.

The second prize worth 300 € was awarded to Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhon, Phan Thi Thuy An and Ngo Thuy Khuyen from University of Science, University of Education and Stemhouse Education respectively with the project: “Plastic or Planet”. Main goal of the project is to organize training programs to give high school students the required skills to become Environmental Ambassadors. Despite being the last team to deliver the presentation, the presenters were able to draw the audience’s attention with amazing presentation skill and great confidence. The rap song at the end composed by two high school students has shown the students’ new approach toward environmental issues after they finished the training.

With the elaborate preparations such as handmade poster, products showcase and an astounding presentation, Dang Tien Thanh, Pham Thi Phuong Anh, Le Thu Huong under the instruction of Ms. Dao Thi Hong Quyen from Le Hong Phong High school for the gifted, Nam Dinh with the project: “A bioplastic based agricultural waste solution to the plastic problem” has won the first prize with the idea of using shrimp cells to create a type of environment-friendly bio-plastic. More impressively, they have applied their bioplastic products to promote the awareness of reducing plastic use and encourage to replace with eco-friendly bioplastic at surrounded living communities. The prize is a 6-day trip to Ireland to present their ideas in the DCU workshop, meet the Irish teams and visit education centers. A worthy prize for all their efforts and hard work that went into this project.

Judges have picture with the winner of the first prize.

Assoc. Prof. Tran Van Man, Head of Science and Technology Department, concluded the competition with a thank you to all the attendees, a deep gratitude to the project partner, Dublin City University and the project funder, Irish Aid for their contributions to the success of the competition.

The competition has ended, marking a two-year successful cooperation between VNUHCM - University of Science and Dublin City University with countless valuable SL-STEM symposium and training programs.

Judges with the winners of the first international SL-STEM competition 2019.

SL-STEAM Group VNUHCM – University of Science