Orlando Science Schools FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 4013 Clockwork Mania won the Rookie All-Star Award at the Orlando Regional tournament held at the University of Central Florida from March 8 to March 10, 2012 (http://www2.usfirst.org/2012comp/Events/FL/awards.html).

The Rookie All-Star Award celebrates the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST to inspire students to learn more about science and technology. This is the highest award a rookie team can earn. By winning this award, the team earned the right to compete at the FIRST world championship; the premier robotics competition in the world, to be held in St. Louis Missouri in April. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” (www.usfirst.org). Clockwork Mania has another regional tournament in March at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton Florida. This elite team is composed of Carlos Barea, Sebastian Orellana, Edwin Cruz, Anthoney Faraday, Camila Berrios, Mashnun Munir, Brandon Delfosse, Daniel Stetzinger, Andrew Lin, Nikhil Mahalonobis, and their robot Mr. Cogsworth. The team is mentored by Mr. and Mrs. Barea, Mr. Orellana (parents) Mr. Mahalanobis, and Mr. Kaya (teacher). Now the team has to raise the funds to cover the world championship tournament and travel expenses. Stay tune for upcoming announcements on how you can support Clockwork Mania represent OSS at the world championship.

If your family would like to make a donation, you know local business or know a corporate contact which could be interested in making a donation, please contact Maribel Barea (mbarea@earthlink.net).