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)

Ninth Year of Fitch Robotics, Sixth Year of the Aluminum Falcons 

Robot Design 2015 robot is dank

 As a result of a major game change this year with no defense and minimal interaction with other robots the Aluminum Falcons shifted from our traditional drivetrain design of using only colson wheels and used omni wheels in addition to colson wheels to improve maneuverablility. This robot's design constantly changed throughout the season as the team constantly made modifications to improve functionality during competition. After our first competition improvements were made to the intake system so the robot could easily acquire totes. Then, the tote gripper was improved upon and a bin retention mechanism was added for better control of our stacks. At World Championships the team added a ramp tethered to the robot for easier tote loading as well as a bin ripper system for the autonomous period. As a result of the hard work and modifications the Aluminum Falcons constantly improved all season and ended with a victory at Battlecry. 

  • Size: 28x36 
  • Weight: 120 pounds 
  • Drivetrain: 4WD single speed 8 f/s with experimental 6 inch colson omni wheel swerve drive
  • Lift: Two cim worm gearbox powering a pulley system using Kevlar timing belts in a single stage lift
  • Intake: 2 position intake arms for acquisition as well as seamless stack release, custom polyurethane wheels and low profile hubs provide for great grip on totes and cans while eliminating the need for constant replacement, surgical tubing and pivot blocks built into the arms for compliance in the landfill
  • Tote Gripper: Two position arms that close in on totes to stack and open up to score, hooks made out of semi-compliant material for opening up around totes but providing the strength to support a full stack
  • Can Gripper: Free floating gripper on 80/20 t slotted frame and carriage grips upright cans and holds them in place to build stacks under
  • Bin Rippers: Twin pneumatic powered bent-aluminum tubes with polycarbonate hooks capable of ripping 2 bins off the step within 2 seconds
  • Small Ramp: Weighed ~ 0.5 pounds, was tethered to robot for human station tote loading, could be carried in robot 
  • Large Ramp: Capable of holding three totes in a row for the robot, expedites human loading for our robot as well as other robots in our alliance

Drive Team: 

  • Base Driver: Emma Stark (Senior) 
  • Operator: Finian O'Connor (Senior) 
  • Human Player: Jacob Kowalski (Senior) 
  • Coach: Josh Miller (Mentor) 
  • Head Scout: Eamon Costello (Junior) 
  • CAD Designer: Matt Nowak (Senior) 


  • 2015 Pioneer Valley District Event: Winners, #5 Alliance (3146, 3718, 2168) 
  • 2015 Rhode Island District Event: #4 Seed, Quarterfinalists (2168, 1517, 1757) 
  • 2015 New England Championship: Innovation in Control Award, #26 Seed  
  • 2015 World Championship Galileo Division: #20 Seed, Semifinalists (2836, 2067, 2168, 1) 
  • 2015 WPI Battlecry 16: Victors (2168, 2067, 4564), #2 Seed 


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