Competition Timeline

2013 Ultimate Ascent

2012 Rebound Rumble

2011 Logomotion

2010 Breakaway

2009 Lunacy

2008 Overdrive

2007 Rack N' Roll (Rookie Year)

  • UTC New England Regional           (Mar. 15-17, 2007)


Fourth Year of Fitch Robotics; First Year of the Aluminum Falcons

The 2010 Season marked a major re-branding for FIRST Team 2168. This is the year in which our name, "The Aluminum Falcons", came into being.

Robot Design

  • The 2010 Robot was built mostly out of the kit of parts. It featured a 4 wheel drive powered by 1 CIM motor for each wheel. The Andymark C-base was taken apart and reassembled inside a custom housing fabricated aby our sponsor, Hillery Company. This design allowed the CIM motor and gears to be placed lower, giving the robot an ultra-low center of gravity and thus more stability as it traveled over the bumps on the Breakaway field. 


  • The robot featured a kicking mechanism which was powered by stretched surgical tubing. A winch pulled the kicker back to reset.  The kicker was released by disengaging the winch gears with an excentric cam. We were occasionally successful in scoring a goal during the autonomous period, but without a mechanism to hold a ball while driving, scoring during play was difficult.


  • Al Falcon's real success came from its "Elevation" apparatus. This design evolved through input from the entire team. A long fiberglass sail batten was loaded in a curled position at the start of the game. When the end game began, the batten was released. The two carabiners fixed at the end of the batten (and sometimes just one of them) would hook the bar, and then a Banebot motor would winch in the 4mm Perlon line, lifting the robot above platform height. With low-scoring games being common that year, the elevation bonus points often would win the game.

Drive Team

  • Base Driver: Tom Rowland (Senior)
  • Operator: Josh Hohlfelder (Senior)
  • Human Player: Rachael Kokomoor (Senior), William Wang (Senior), Jenn Chan (Senior)
  • Coach: Brian Chidley (Head Coach)


  • 2010 Bash at the Beach, Best Play of the Day

The Game

The 2010 Competiton was Breakaway 

See our 2010 stats at The Blue Alliance



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