On June 2nd, 2012 the Aluminum Falcons competed in the off-season Beantown Blitz hosted by the NUtrons at Northeastern University. Interestingly, this competition featured our rookie Drive Team members: Emma Stark, Finian O' Connor, and Jacob Kowalski during qualification rounds with our current student drivers acting as coaches. In only their first competition they rose to become the sixth seed only trailing behind teams such as Buzz and the Bobcats. After denying a selection from the third seed BVT FIRST Robotics the Aluminum Falcons decided to create their own alliance with Emma as their representative. The Falcons were joined again by 125 NUtrons and a solid rookie team with an impressive autonomous, 4048 Redshift.
Entering the quarterfinals the Aluminum Falcons found themselves in a place that they hadn't been in since Suffield; they were the lower seeded alliance. Upsetting the odds the Aluminum alliance defeated the fourth seeded alliance with large score margins in each match. Progressing to the semifinals, the alliance found themselves faced with mechanical problems from 2 out of 3 of the alliance members. Continuing to the semifinals, the alliance faced arguably the toughest alliance in the competition consisting of 177 Bobcat Robotics, 175 Buzz Robotics, and 69 Team HYPER. Faced with mechanical problems and misaligned shooting, the alliance put up a tough fight but was eventually eliminated.
Although, it did not end in victory, two drive teams rose from this event. The performance that the rookie drivers displayed shows only a bright outcome for the future of FIRST Team 2168. Another team that arose from this competition was not a student team but a mentor team. During lunch, on the day of the event, mentors: Josh Miller, Justin Foss, and James Corcoran competed against other mentor teams receiving the highest score of the day of 85. With a new drive team ready to take over and IRI in the wake the Aluminum Falcons are preparing now for not just New England but the North American continent.
"I can't be anything but happy about yesterday. Our rookie drivers did amazing, our mentors destroyed the competition, and being on the field the entire day makes only more excited to be a field reset for IRI. Why does this have to end?" - Daron Chandler (Concept Crew Captain/Webmaster)