In the spirit of FIRST and Coopertition, this build season was truly unique for the Aluminum Falcons. Normally rivals, Fitch and New London High School collaborated for the Rebound Rumble season. Similar to what the FIRST Team 236 Techo Ticks did for us years ago we did for rookie FIRST Team 3719 STEM Whalers this year. For the last six weeks we mentored the STEM Whalers and even assisted them in building and coding their robot.
Reigning from New London's Technology Magnet School and St. Thomas More, FIRST Team 3719 was formed last year. They are led by engineering education teacher, Michael Brennan, who was inspired to start a FIRST team after being involved with the U.S. Coast Guard's team.
Read more about the Whalers here.
Built through mainly the tireless effort of the Whalers, "Baby Swan" was born right before the build season ended. Primarily a bottom-hoop shooter, this robot's small chassis could serve as a valuable alliance partner, helping secure three robots on the bridge. It was no longer the "swan that could" but the "swan that did".
This experience was truly invaluable for the Aluminum Falcons and signals a new period for Fitch Robotics, from rookie to a promising veteran team.
"FIRST Team 2168 has personally enjoyed working with 3719 and wishes the best for the STEM Whalers in the incoming competition season"
Here's a video of our combination move we personally call the "A-Bomb"
On December 9, the Aluminum Falcons participated in Support the Troops with EB where we helped package and assemble 70 care packages, weighing a total of 1763 pounds, for deployed military personnel all over the world. Packages contained variety of things like basic toiletries, chocolates, and signed Christmas cards along with over 1400 boxes of Girl Scout cookies. There were over 20 people ready to help out ranging from 10 years old to 65 years old. It took us over 2 hours to finish with the boxes. This was the second care package event the team has helped support, see the first here. In the end we ended the day with pizza and everyone was happy to help.
We received a thank you letter on January 3rd from one group that received packages.
On December 3rd, the Aluminum Falcons held their 2nd 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. Although this is only the Falcon's second Pancake Breakfast, the team raised almost twice their last year's profits. Nothing but positivity has been spreading for the Falcon's this year. This is just another explosion in FIRST Team 2168's booming seasonal start.
"We did a great job, team! Final tally is not quite in, but we raised around $6000 with this event. This does include a straightforward personal donation of $1000 from one family, but still! Like, woah!"-Brian Chidley (Head Coach)