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Taiwanese school wins award at FIRST Robotics Competition
FRC世界機器人競賽 南港高工奪新秀獎

A group of students, right, from Taipei Municipal Nangang Vocational High School participate in the qualification round of the FIRST Robotics Competition in Los Angeles, US, in March.

Photo: CNA

Students from Taipei Municipal Nangang Vocational High School won the “Highest Rookie Seed Award” at the FIRST Robotics Competition, which took place in Detroit, US, between April 24 and 27. With its dynamic movements, the Nangang robot was the highest-scoring rookie team at the qualification round before making it to the final round.

A record high of 20 Taiwanese senior high schools participated in the game. Five of them also advanced to the final round: Taipei American School, Taipei Municipal Lishan High School, Heng Yee Catholic High School in New Taipei City, Taoyuan Municipal Neili Senior High School and Kaohsiung Municipal Rueisiang High School.

Even as Taiwan shone, however, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) warned that robots and computers will threaten 14 percent of existing jobs in the next 20 years, and the lack of preparation for the digital age is a time bomb. As a result, the OECD is urging countries to retrain workers to transform their labor markets.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)






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