Local students use robots to help solve the world's water needs

BRIGHTON, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Local high school put their robotics skills to the test on Saturday in Brighton. 

McQuaid Jesuit's FIRST Robotics team hosted the Let's Solve Water finals. 

The contest challenges people to create human powered pumps that could be used in developing countries. 

The goal was that the designs would resemble irrigation devices small farmers could use to support their families. 

"We take water for granted here in the U.S. and we never see a pump or how our water gets from an lake to our faucets," said competitor Michael Bowen. "By doing this we raise awareness that there's countries that need help and these devices can be used for that."

$4,000 in prizes were awarded to teams with either the most elegant design, fastest fill, fastest prime and lowest weight. 


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