Mountain View Voice

News - April 6, 2012

More winning robots

"Renegade" is not the only competitive robot produced by local high school students. Los Altos High School's robotics team placed fifth out of 50 teams at the Silicon Valley Regional FIRST Tournament.

In fact, FIRST is not the only competitive robotics league in which a local team is excelling. Green MacHHHHine, a robotics club for Mountain View, Homestead and home-schooled high school students, is gearing up to head to Anaheim for the VEX Robotics World Championship on April 13.

Green MacHHHHine — whose H-heavy name comes thanks to the group's affiliation with the 4-H youth organization — visited the VEX championship last year, as well.

VEX competitions are structured differently than a FIRST tournament. The Green MacHHHHine team's robot will play a different game than the FIRST robots do; and the robots are required to perform in an assortment of side challenges and tests.

As in FIRST, high schoolers participating in VEX learn a great deal about engineering and are also encouraged to learn web design and other 21st century skills, such as video editing. The Green MacHHHHine team was awarded $750 for placing first in a contest to see who could produce the best VEX educational video — a short film, which teaches a robotics concept.

—Nick Veronin

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