Vu Hoang Long, center. Photo: Lao Cai Department of Education and Training

A Vietnamese student has finished third in one of the largest science contests in the United States.

Vu Hoang Long, a 12th grader from High School No 1 in Lao Cai province, finished third in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Arizona from May 12 to 17, VN Express reported.

He won a cash prize of US$1,000 for his project titled “Feeding Robot Using Image Processing Technology for Parkinson Patients.” The project, which took six months of research to bear fruit, processes and identifies images to control robots that feed Parkinson patients automatically.

Vu’s was the only winning entry among 10 from Vietnam, said the organizing committee. The Intel ISEF is an international event that provides an annual playground for aspiring scientists to put their passion and talents on display. A total of 1,842 students from 80 countries took part this year.

According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, about 10 million people suffer from the chronic degenerative neurological disorder that targets the motor functions. Symptoms include constant shaking and other movement difficulties.

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