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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On May 18 & 19th, the Aluminum Falcons competed in WPI Battlecry 13. Arguably the most exciting post-season competition in New England, Battlecry is indistinguishable from most regular season regional competitions. Forging forward from the semi-final upsets at New York City and Hartford, FIRST Team 2168 was ready to dominate at Worcester. Upgraded with faster shooting, the team fought fiercely to become the number two seed, defeating some of the toughest robots in New England along the way.

For the final elimination rounds, the Falcons were picked by the number one seed 1519 Mechanical Mayhem, and an amazingly fortunate random selection brought 125 NU-TRONS to complete the winning alliance. While 125 played defense and recovered balls from the opposition, the Fat Swan along with 1519 consistently put up 3-pointers averaging a 37 point spread over other alliances. 

The Falcons have performed well all season, but disaster always seemed to strike in the semi-finals. But this time, not even a short-circuiting fuse or 125's drivetrain breaking down would stop the Aluminum Falcons. In the first game of the semi-finals on Saturday afternoon, the Falcons' alliance were behind at the end of the 15-second autonomous period. The opposing alliance led by 190 Gompei and the H.E.R.D. scored a near-perfect 40 points autonomous to our own 18 points; the situation did not seem well and each team member felt an all too familiar sickness in our collective gut. 

Pursued by the demons of the past FIRST Team 2168 was not ready to give up. With Tim and Niral playing their best match of the season, it ended 99-70 in favor of the Falcons' alliance. In the second semi-final game, a smart maneuver by 1519 shut down 190's "perfect autonomous" play, and the hybrid ended with a much less daunting 4-point deficit, 18-22. The final score of 80 to 56 sent the alliance undefeated into the finals, finally!

With the shorted fuse found and fixed, the Aluminum Falcons were ready to fight in the finals, facing the 11th seeded alliance of 175 Buzz Robotics, 716 WhoCTEKs, and 1058 PVC Pirates. Contrasting with the semi-finals, this alliance put up a seemingly impenetrable defense keeping the winning score 49-30 in the first match. The second match in the best-of-three finals, proved to be memorable with all three alliance partners (even the limping NU-TRONS) showing skill and effective maneuvering. A final score of 70 to 18 set the victory in stone.

Leaving the competition victorious with a (15-1-0) record, this moment is one that the entire team has fought for the entire season. Through all the ups and downs, the Aluminum Falcons have never given up hope. From beating the number-one seed in the quarter-finals of last year's Battlecry, to becoming the number one seed and defeating every alliance that they faced, this is another turning point for the team. With Beantown Blitz and the national invitational IRI to come the Aluminum Falcons will only soar upward. 


"The FALCOLN's dominated today. During finals your alliance outscored the opposing alliances by an average of 37 points. Flawless performance by the robot and especially the drive team. Very proud of all of you"-Edwin Lee (USCG, Mentor)

"Congratulations 2168 for winning Battlecry 13! I've never been more proud to be apart of anything in my entire life"-Zoë Yopp (Business Captain)

"Aluminum Falcons, Fitch robotics, just won Battlecry 2012! I have not been this happy in a long while" -Matt Gentry (CAD Captain)


 

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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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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