On Febuary 18th, 2012 FIRST Team 2168 traveled to Suffield, CT to compete in Aces High 176 Suffield Shakedown.  For 11 years, this scrimmage has given teams a chance to test their robots the weekend before bag-and-tag day. This gives teams an opportunity to see how the new game is played, what they should improve in their robots, and how competitive other FIRST teams may be this season. We proved by our showing at the Shakedown we were one of those competitive teams. Impressive designs were seen throughout the entering teams pitting us against robots such as the 1991 Dragons and 175 Buzz Robotics.

Aluma Fett soared during this competition displaying an impressive autonomous mode and being capable of shooting into the highest basket. We made it into eliminations, semi-finals, finals, and eventually became Suffield Shakedown's 2012 champions. Being the first competition win for the Aluminum Falcons this was a monumental experience for the entire team. Even though the hard work of our students and mentors for the past six weeks led to this point, we could not have done it without our alliance partners: FIRST Team 176 Aces High and 716 Who'sCTEKS.

The Aluminum Falcons also came home with four trophies: Most Impressive Autonomous, Highest Score, 1st place Alliance, and the Dave Leenhout's Award. The Dave Leenhout's award was started by head coach Dave Leenhout who originally started Aces High Robotics. It is given to the student-nominated mentor who displays the vision, dedication, and inspiration towards spreading FIRST. Our head coach Brian Chidley received this award for his tireless and often underappreciated work towards keeping the Aluminum Falcons soaring. Click here to view our winning essay

This was a great competition for our team and an amazing way to start of the season, but we still have a lot of work to do. We have a few days to perfect our design before the dreaded bag-and-tag day. If today was any indication of how we would do this season, Rebound Rumble may be an explosive season for FIRST Team 2168 the Aluminum Falcons.

"A BIG Congratulations to the Aluminum Falcons for winning Suffield Shakedown Championship and Autonomous Award... And a special congratulations to Mr. Chidley.. Mr. Brian Chidley... Where is he? Go get Mr. Chidley..For winning the Dave Leenhouts Mentorship Award!"-Paul Kelleher (USN)

"You guys are more winning than Charlie Sheen. Congratulations Team and Mr. Chidley! Hope I can go to one of your events (World Championships amIright?)"- Dominick Twitty (2011 Alumni)

"Proud mentor tonight. FRC2168 wins Suffield Shakedown with FRC176 and FRC716, good work everyone"- Justin Foss (Lead Mechanical Mentor, Parker Hannifin).




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