On September 29th the Aluminum Falcons competed with the Fat Swan at the Bash at the Beach competition in Old Lyme, CT. With continuing lift problems from IRI the team was still able to continue with picking balls up two at a time. This competition was a good environment for our new drivers, Emma Stark and Finian O’Connor to take the joysticks. They drove the robot efficiently throughout the morning putting the team into the thirteenth seed for elimination rounds.
The Aluminum Falcons were partnered with FRC team 1124 the Uberbots and FRC team 3461 the P.E.A.C.C.E. team. The alliance breezed through the quarterfinals with no issues. After three more matches the team advances to the finals. In the Finals the team lost the first of the 3 matches. The last two matches our drivers and the drivers of our alliance partners did the impossible by shooting multiple baskets in the gameplay time period. One of the matches the Aluminum Falcons only missed one basket. This dominant offensive alliance was able to defeat the other alliance to win Bash at the Beach 2012.
The Bash at the Beach experience was also an important weekend for the team because the new members got a feel for what the FIRST Robotics competitions are like. Also they bonded with the team members from previous years and learned about the team and robots at the competition. Overall the event was a great experience for the Aluminum Falcons not only because of winning but because the team created bonds and friendships with each other.
“ It was a great surprise to win at bash at the beach. It was a wonderful experience for new students to come to, as well as a warm up for returning members. “ –Finian O’Connor (2168 Robot Operator)
“During the day, our team was very intrigued in the competition, and there was a very high level of team spirit. Although it was great to win, I believe that the best part about it was team building and team spirit.” –Kevin Ryan (2168 new team member)