OUSD’s Clockwork Oranges Robotics team takes St. Louis

The Clockwork Oranges competed in the World's Robotics Competition


Daniel Loya

The Clockwork Oranges earned the wild card spot for the Worlds Championship at the Las Vegas Regionals.

The Clockwork Oranges, OUSD’s very own robotics team, achieved greatness at the World Championship Robotics Competition in St. Louis, Missouri on April 22. The OUSD snagged their spot in the World Competition by earning the wild card at the Las Vegas Regional Competition during Spring Break.

Beginning on April 22, the competition consisted of 608 worldwide teams. “We were so star-struck by all these elite teams,” says senior captain, Madison Andersen, “Some have been around for twenty years.” The large pool of competitors was broken up into eight different fields, with the Clockwork Oranges placed in the New-In Division with seventy-two other relatively new teams. “We were overpowered by some elite teams, but we were able to watch those teams and gain more experience for next year,” says Andersen.

At the start of the competition, the Clockwork Oranges ranked first, but by the end of the twelve qualification rounds were ranked fifty-sixth, failing to qualify. Themed “Recycle Rush,” the task was to stack six totes and recycling containers. The team was made up of junior Steven Bell, seniors David Mendoza, Alice Bowie, and David Tu, and other OUSD students.

“I’m really proud of the students for their hours of hard work,” says Robotics Club advisor Mr. Loya, “This is really a first for Orange Unified, and it will be exciting to see the team improve.”

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