What Is FIRST?

FIRST, which stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is a nonprofit organization designed to inspire students in science and technology. Click on the logo to learn more.    

 

What is FIRST

Who We Are

The Aluminum Falcons are a team of dedicated students from Fitch High School in Groton, CT who make an impact in their community with the support of their teachers and mentors from local engineering companies. Click the image below to learn more.

 

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Our Mission

Our mission is to cultivate interest, understanding, and skill in the fields of engineering and technology. We are determined to promote STEM as a fun and engaging pathway to a brighter future. Click on the image below to learn more.

 

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Get Involved

It takes students, teachers, parents, and mentors of all backgrounds and professions to make a solid team. With over $14 million in scholarships open to student team members, it pays to be involved. Click on the image below to learn more.

 

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Check Out Our School


Robert E. Fitch High School, located in Groton, CT, USA is the home of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 2168, the Aluminum Falcons. We are happy to say our school is ranked among the top in the country and we are honored to contribute to its continued success. Please take some time to check out our school's website by clicking on our school's crest below.

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The Where's Wolcott Invitational is a post season event hosted by Team MAX (#1071) and Team GUS (228) This event allows teams to show new student members what FIRST and FRC is all about and what they can expect from the upcoming season.

This event made use of the robots built for the 2010 FRC game, Breakaway. In this game two alliances of three teams each compete on a 27' x 54' field with bumps attempting to earn points by collecting soccer balls in their goals. Additional bonus points are earned for each robot not touching the field at the end of the match.

On May 7th, 2010 our robot mainly played offense and featured a "kicker" and a unique lifting mechanism. Our lifting mechanism was composed of a long fiberglass pole which was kept bent throughout the match. Near the end of the match the pole was allowed to whip upwards, allowing the drive team to latch the carabiners at the end of it over a tower on the field. Then, two winches worked simultaneously to lift our robot approximately 5 feet into the air. Last minute tweaking, zip ties, and re-purposing a yogurt cup and water bottle brought everything together allowing us to successfully lift the bot numerous times throughout the day.

 

Welcome To Our Website

  • Innovation: Team accepting the Innovation in Control Award at NYC Regional
  •  Drive Coach and Student Robot Drivers discuss strategy pre-match.
  • WPI 2013: Accepting our first regional title.
  • The Aluminum Falcons: Climbing to new heights!
  • WPI 2013: Playing tough defense.
  • WPI 2013: Accepting our first regional title.
  • WPI 2013: Let the force be with you.
  • The Aluminum Falcons: Inspiring the engineers of tomorrow, today!
  • Winners of the 2013 WPI regional event.

 

Welcome to the official website of the Aluminum Falcons, a FIRST robotics team composed of students and teachers from Robert E. Fitch High School, engineers from General Dynamics Electric Boat and professionals from other local companies in Groton, CT. Each year through the FIRST Robotics Competition, volunteer engineers, high school students, and members from the community partner together to build a robot in a time period of six weeks. Through this building process, engineers mentor students in brainstorming, prototyping, design, and creation of the robot and its functions. This enables the students to take classroom concepts from the math and science fields and apply them to a real world situation. Please explore our website to learn more about the team.

Aluminum Partner Sponsors of the 2017 Season

 

 

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pfizer logogroton education foundation

Week Zero

Suffield Shakedown

Suffield High School

February 20

 

 

 

 


 

New England District Championship

 

April 5, 6, 7 & 8, 2017

Whitmore Arena, University of New Hampshire

The Aluminum Falcons are attending this event thanks to the sponsorship of Pfizer

Week 2

SouthEast Massachusetts District Event

March 10, 11 & 12, 2017

Bridgewater-Raynham High School

The Aluminum Falcons are attending this event thanks to the sponsorship of Hubble Inc.


 

World Championship

April 26, 27, 28, & 29 2017

Edward Jones Dome St. Louis, MO

Pending qualification, The Aluminum Falcons are attending this event thanks to the sponsorship of DoDSTEM

Week 3

Bridgewater-Raritan District Event

March 17, 18, & 19, 2017

Bridgewater, NJ

The Aluminum Falcons are attending this event thanks to the sponsorship of Google

 

 


 

CIAC Connecticut State Championship

Early March, 2017

Date and Location TBA

The Aluminum Falcons are attending this event thanks to the sponsorship from Groton Education Foundation

Week 4

Rhode Island District Event

March 24, 25 & 26

Bryant University

The Aluminum Falcons are attending this event thanks to the sponsorship of Groton Utilities

 


 

BattleCry @WPI

Harrington Auditorium

Worcester Polytechnic Institution

Date TBA

 
 
 

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