OSS Team 4013 Clockwork Mania competed at the FIRST World Championship held in St. Louis Missouri from April 25 to April 28, 2012. There are over 2,000 FRC teams in the world. Only 400 of those get to participate in the World Championship.

Clockwork Mania advanced to the World Championship in their rookie year, a feat that has taken other veteran teams much longer to accomplish. FRC is a competition geared towards high schools students; our team is composed of 8 and 7 graders. We knew that OSS had some of the best students in Orange County. Our academic athletes have shown they are among the best in the state and the nation. Now Clockwork Mania accomplishments have demonstrated that we have some of the best talent in the world. OSS is very proud of Clockwork Mania. The followed team members represented OSS at the FIRST World Championship: Carlos Barea, Sebastian Orellana, Edwin Cruz, Camila Berrios, Mashnun Munir, Brandon Delfosse, Daniel Stetzinger, Nikhil Mahalonobis, and their robot Sir Clockworth, they were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Barea, Mr. Orellana,  Mrs. Mahalanobis, and Mr. Kaya. The team already started to work on next year competition by planning fundraising and activities to promote the team, FIRST (www.usfirst.org) and robotics. Stay tune for more news from Clockwork Mania in the near future.










OSS Clockwork Mania Won Rookie All-Star Award

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).

N.U.T.S is the best rookie team!!!

On February 18, 2012 the Orlando Science School FIRST Tech Challenge Team 5070 N.U.T.S. (Nerds United for Technological Superiority), participated in the FTC Florida Championship at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. There were some technical challenges, but the team was able to overcome them; the robot Pistachio and the driving team performed well in all the matches. The team was a finalist for the Think Award and earned the Judges Award, in the Judge’s opinion, N.U.T.S was the best rookie team.

To put this achievement in perspective, only 32 teams out of 75 in the state earned a ticket for the FTC State Championship which is a competition geared to high schools and our team is mainly composed of middle school students, a testament to the caliber of OSS students. Congratulate N.U.T.S for representing so well the OSS family. The team members are: Carlos Barea, Sebastian Orellana, Sebastian Gonzalez, Mohammed Abdullah, Ahmed Rashid, Sanmmit Shinde, Anthoney Faraday, Pruthvi Patel and Camila Berrios. They are coached by Maribel Barea, Hector Barea, Paul Orellana and Mr. Kaya. Go N.U.T.S.!