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FIRST Robotics Competition focuses on Environment

March 26, 2010 — A group of students at the University of Waterloo make renewable energy a focus at this weekend's FIRST Robotics competition.

It's an annual event that challenges teams of students to problem solve, build robots and enter them in a series of competitions. And at this year's FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Waterloo, many students are thinking green.

Things like climate change and renewable energy have been hot topics for years now, but engineering students are beginning to incorporate eco-friendly ideas into their projects.

'We have to care because everything we do, absolutely everything from heating our houses to electricity, everything we use to build what we have makes such a big impact on the world,' said one engineering student. 'And if we don't balance it out with giving back to the earth we're kind of just using up everything and soon all that stuff will run out.'

So, what are these students doing to make a difference? In addition to using recycled materials, they're thinking of new ways to use renewable energy sources every day.

'If we keep pulling electricity from the same way we are now, for example, power plants that use gas and oil, that's going to run out,' said another competitor. 'So we need to be looking into newer options, for example solar and water power.'

The 2010 Waterloo Regional will be held on March 25-27 in the Physical Activities Complex of the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Admission is free.

More details on what kind of weather conditions you can expect this weekend, make sure you tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your National forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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