On December 7th, the Aluminum Falcons held their 4th annual Pancake Breakfast/Basket Bonaza at the Union Baptist Church in Mystic, CT. The team set up the previous night at 6:30, arranging the tables and preparing the baskets for the following day's auction. Although the event did not begin until 8 A.M. the students arrived at the church an hour early to make preparation for the Big Event. Immediately after the doors were opened, the Church's cafeteria was filled with hungry supporters. The team all provided their talents, participating in cooking, face painting, outside advertisement, ticket collection, and full team cleanup throughout the event. While the event was a fundraiser it also provided the team a chance to demonstrate their STEM talents to the community and teach them more about FIRST Robotics. The team also eclipsed previous fundraising records from the past pancake breakfasts.
On April 26th, 2012 the team visited S.B. Butler for its annual Science Night. At this events atendees of the school are given a chance to explore interactive science demonstrations from labs on decompostion to test driving, Fat Swan and learning more about FIRST. Overall, this was not only an enjoyable experience for the children but also for the team.
This is also the first step in developing relationships between Butler and Fitch as the team takes on its next challenge of starting up local FIRST Lego League teams.
On March 23rd, the Aluminum Falcons participated in Support the Troops for the third time with EB employees and other volunteers throughout the community. This was our largest turn out yet with the most student involvement so far. Packages contained variety of things like basic toiletries, snack foods, over 1400 boxes of Girl Scout cookies with thank you letters addressed in each package. There were over 40 people ready to help out ranging from the elementary to the elderly. It took us over 4 hours to finish with the boxes. This is only the start of the Aluminum Falcons growing community involvement.