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Friday, 20th February 2009
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Japanese confront climate change with Lego

More than 200 Japanese kids attended an event to demonstrate their robot-building skills with Lego and learn more about climate change.

The students, all of whom were between the ages of nine and 15, built the Lego robots and programmed them to perform certain tasks and missions aimed at tackling climate change.

Among the missions were elevating houses and building levees in prepation for rising sea levels and extracting research sample from ice cubes, reports Reuters.

The event was organised by First Japan, a non-profit organisation which promotes science and technology education among Japanese children.

Ryu Yamagishi, a member of the winning team, commented: "I'm so glad because I was able to learn about climate change and win the championship, too."

The Lego company began life in 1933 as a Danish manufacturer of wooden toys.

It is estimated that children around the world spend five billion hours a year playing with Lego bricks.

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