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WNY students compete at Tech Wars

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Getting kids excited about science and math is always a challenge, but one local competition is doing it in a fun way. Tech Wars was held at Niagara County Community College Wednesday. YNN's Katie Morse gives us a look at some unique designs from future engineers.

NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. — From battling robots to blowing windmills, hundreds of students from across Western New York showed off their creations at Tech Wars. They've been working for weeks, and even months, to perfect their entries.

"We start and go through the whole engineering process, where we do drawings and brainstorm and sketch, and go over ideas," said Tonawanda High School Technology Teacher Gary Novits.

"Our teacher made us sketch stuff up on the computer, using paper and pen and that, then we just kinda took our ideas, and trial and error stuff," said Tonawanda High School Student Steven Warthling.

In the robot competition, the teens design, build and battle robots. It's the kind of experience they believe will give them a leg up on their future competition.

"That's kind of what I like, that's what I'm going to college for next year," said Tonawanda High School Student Matt Farnham. "I mean, I definitely think that students that didn't do something like this wouldn't have as much of an advantage as we do."

And when it comes to science and technology classes and events, one of the challenges is getting girls involved. It was mostly a crowd of boys at Tech Wars, but the girls who did come say they had some great ideas, and they were excited to show them off."

Hallie Kenyon and Emily McGillicuddy are two of only a few girls in the Williamsville North High School tech club.

"People might not think girls have innovative ideas, but usually they're the better ones," said Kenyon.

The two competed in a windmill competition, and say they'll be taking what they learned and applying it to the future.

"I want to attend Clarkson University in Potsdam and study civil engineering. It makes me feel more confident in my choice of professions, because it's a lot of fun, and I really enjoy it," said McGillicuddy.

Click here for the results from Tech Wars 2013.

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