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.
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