Aces high, FRC Team 176, picked the Aluminum Falcons in great hopes of reaching far into the playoffs. At this off-season event, the third alliance pick was done randomly as the first two teams picked out a card from a hat. Aces High and the Aluminum Falcons rounded out their alliance with the fortunate pick of the Aztechs, FRC Team 157. The plan was for Aces High to play defense while the Aztechs fed the Aluminum Falcons with enormous amounts of tubes to score. This plan worked through the first and second rounds of the playoffs spectacularly. But then it unfortunately fell apart in the third round. The opposing alliance proved to be too tough to tame with a whopping 3 autonomous tubes scoring combination


Video of our quarter finals matches (spoiler) where our alliance overthrew the #1 seeded alliance.



Team scoring in Autonomous ModeOn October 1st, 2011 the Aluminum Falcons participated in their last competition in the 2011 Logomotion Season. The Fitch Robotics team ended up fourth out of 22 teams in last Saturday's "Bash at the Beach" robotics competition in Old Lyme. The Aluminum Falcons dominated their opponents in the Quarter-finals, but were eliminated in the semi-finals by the winning alliance, led by the Cyber-Knights, from Southington High School.The team did receive a special "Contribution to Technology" award which recognized the efforts of Programming Captain, Zack Nado, who created a smart-phone app that automatically analyzes an opponent robot's strengths and weaknesses. Although this was Talyn final competition it will not be the last time it will be seen amongst the FIRST community.


"Butts were kicked. We did some kicking, and we also got kicked. It was still an amazing day, and everyone there had a chance to see what we are up against"-Brian Chidley (Head Coach)


This is FIRST Team 2168's Chairman's Award video for the 2011 season.

About the Chairman's Award:

The Chairman’s Award was created to keep the focus of the FIRST Robotics Competition on our ultimate goal to transform the culture in ways that will inspire greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology, as well as encourage more of today’s youth to become scientists, engineers, and technologists.

The Chairman’s Award represents the spirit of FIRST. It honors the team that, in the judges’ estimation, best represents a model for other teams to emulate. It also honors the team which embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST. It remains FIRST’s most prestigious award.

FIRST presents a Regional Chairman’s Award at each local competition. Only the winners of the the Chairman’s Awards will be eligible to compete for the Chairman’s Award presented at the FIRST Championships.


On September 17th, 2011 The FIRST Robotics  team 2168 Fitch Aluminum Falcons attended the CT FIRST University 2011 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

The team attended 45 minute classes throughout the day, receiving instruction from FIRST mentors and representatives in a variety of subjects. Some of the classes the Falcons attended were Labview Advanced, Grant Writing, Managing Team Finances, Who's got Spirit, and From FIRST to future college. Drivetrain Design for Competitive Robots and FRC Scouting and Strategies were led by team 2168 mentors, Justin Foss and Joshua Miller.

The Aluminum Falcons gained valuable knowledge from their experience and will surely utilize this knowledge in the upcoming competition season.




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