April 6, 2012
GROTON – For the second time this year, the Fitch High School robotics team – better known as the Aluminum Falcons – placed first after the 10-game qualifying round of a regional robotics competition.
Unfortunately, the results of a qualifying competition don’t guarantee that teams advance to the national championships.
Fitch’s three-team alliance was eliminated in the semifinals, the same fate the Falcons suffered two weeks earlier at the New York City FIRST Robotics Regional after also placing first after the qualifying round.
Fitch’s formula for success this season is a combination of the 24 students participating in the program, the quality of engineering support from Electric Boat and increased support from the local community to help offset the costs of the building the robot.
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