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November 26th, 2011

Groton - Members of the Groton Education Foundation recently delivered grant awards to 10 teachers for educational activities.The nonprofit foundation raises and distributes funds for educational initiatives that are not funded through the school district's budget.

Dr. Michael Alfultis, director of UConn's Avery Point Campus, joined retired educators Julie Cagle, Dorothy Eames and Marian Galbraith, who is also mayor of the city of Groton, in delivering the awards.

Fitch High School received 3 rewards. On behalf of the FIRST robotics team 2168, Brian Chidley received an award for parts to build an early prototype robot to compete in National FIRST Robotics competition.

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December 3rd, 2010

Groton - Members of the Aluminum Falcons, Fitch High School's robotics team, won't receive their challenge until January, but that doesn't mean they haven't been working hard.

At weekly meetings in the physics classroom of adviser Brian Chidley, the group of about 30 students and a handful of mentors, most of them engineers at Electric Boat, are working to master computer software that will be needed to program and design the robot.

"We're just trying to reflect on last year and think of ways we can improve on the robot from last year, even though we don't really know what the challenge will be," said junior Zoe Yopp, in her second year on the team.

Though the team has participated in the FIRST Robotics competition for several years, Chidley said this is the first year the team appears poised to be truly competitive. It is benefiting from the institutional memory of several years' experience, and the club has two new mentors with a combined 16 years' experience in robotics competitions.

Matt Collette/The Day

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altMay 12th, 2011


This past weekend, students from the Robert E. Fitch High School robotic's team hosted a robot demonstration. On Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m. the 501st Connecticut Garrison will be in the library and all who show up can get their photo taken with a Stormtrooper.

Kaityln Russel/The Times

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November 24th, 2011

Groton - Thames Valley Communications and Groton Utilities became a platinum sponsor of the Fitch High School FIRST robotics team, the Aluminum Falcons, earlier this week.

Mayor Marian Galbraith, who also chairs the Utility Commission, and Rich De Lorenze of TVC, presented a $1,000 check Tuesday to head coach Brian Chidley and the 30 members of the Fitch robotics team.

"Our team has grown tremendously over the past few years, and along with great aspirations comes a great big budget," Chidley said in a press release. "Our goal this year was to raise $25,000 for the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition. Groton Utilities, Thames Valley Communication will bring us significantly closer to our goal."

Chuck Potter/The Day

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altOctober 28th, 2010


Photo by ET3 Timothy Walter GROTON, Conn. - Mentor Jimmy Cook (right) shows the procedures and importance of precise measurements on a practice robot chassis to freshman Mike Gaiewski (middle) and sophomore Byran Pitts (left) at Fitch High School, Oct. 19. Prior to the season kickoff of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, students and mentors gather each Tuesday to work on skills such as programming, metal working, and computer-aided design in preparation for constructing a new robot during the six-week build period which starts Jan. 8, 2011.

ET3 Timothy Walker/The Dolphin

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