What Is FIRST?

FIRST, which stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is a nonprofit organization designed to inspire students in science and technology. Click on the logo to learn more.    


What is FIRST

Who We Are

The Aluminum Falcons are a team of dedicated students from Fitch High School in Groton, CT who make an impact in their community with the support of their teachers and mentors from local engineering companies. Click the image below to learn more.


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Our Mission

Our mission is to cultivate interest, understanding, and skill in the fields of engineering and technology. We are determined to promote STEM as a fun and engaging pathway to a brighter future. Click on the image below to learn more.


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Get Involved

It takes students, teachers, parents, and mentors of all backgrounds and professions to make a solid team. With over $14 million in scholarships open to student team members, it pays to be involved. Click on the image below to learn more.


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Check Out Our School

Robert E. Fitch High School, located in Groton, CT, USA is the home of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 2168, the Aluminum Falcons. We are happy to say our school is ranked among the top in the country and we are honored to contribute to its continued success. Please take some time to check out our school's website by clicking on our school's crest below.

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Niral and Josh awaiting their next match

 This was certainly our best showing yet.

Our robot worked flawlessly throughout the entire event. We successfully hung an uber tube in every one of our matches, including all our practice matches on Thursday. We also didn't have a single electrical or mechanical issue, everything just worked. This allowed us to focus on adding "Nice-to-have" features to the software to allow the drive team better control of the robot, and to fine-tune our minibot deployment mechanism.

We played consistently well at this regional and our drive team really put up a fight. Nearly every round we completed a logo on the top rung with time to spare, but the match was typically decided by the minibots. Not having a working deployment mechanism or alliance partners with minibots was usually the only reason we didn't win a match.

Our efforts were recognized by Team 2067, Apple Pi of Guilford, CT. Our alliance was completed by Team 126, Gael Force of Clinton, MA. Our first match put us up against the number one seeded alliance (Teams 195, 1923, 155). The winner of this "best two out of three" quarter final moves on. Our alliances strategy in the first match did not work as well as planned, losing 123 to 50. Our team suggested we have one robot play defense to slow down the other alliance, this strategy worked much better as the final score showed, losing 89 to 81. This would have been a victory had our 2nd minibot been deployed to the pole.

It would have been nice to close on a higher note, but our team has grown tremendously this year and our future looks even brighter. Despite our loss, everyone walked away satisfied knowing how well we did this season. We built an awesome robot that played every aspect of the game. We proved to ourselves that we could be successful and that we certainly have what it takes to be a major contender.



First Robotics Competition Team 2168 (Aluminum Falcons) from Groton, CT play 4/1/2011 scoring the winning points at the buzzer. 237, 2064, 2168 VS 571, 743, 178

Montage of our practice matches the Thursday before the Hartford Regional.


Welcome To Our Website

  • Innovation: Team accepting the Innovation in Control Award at NYC Regional
  •  Drive Coach and Student Robot Drivers discuss strategy pre-match.
  • WPI 2013: Accepting our first regional title.
  • The Aluminum Falcons: Climbing to new heights!
  • WPI 2013: Playing tough defense.
  • WPI 2013: Accepting our first regional title.
  • WPI 2013: Let the force be with you.
  • The Aluminum Falcons: Inspiring the engineers of tomorrow, today!
  • Winners of the 2013 WPI regional event.


Welcome to the official website of the Aluminum Falcons, a FIRST robotics team composed of students and teachers from Robert E. Fitch High School, engineers from General Dynamics Electric Boat and professionals from other local companies in Groton, CT. Each year through the FIRST Robotics Competition, volunteer engineers, high school students, and members from the community partner together to build a robot in a time period of six weeks. Through this building process, engineers mentor students in brainstorming, prototyping, design, and creation of the robot and its functions. This enables the students to take classroom concepts from the math and science fields and apply them to a real world situation. Please explore our website to learn more about the team.

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Week Zero

Suffield Shakedown

Suffield High School

February 20






New England District Championship


April 5, 6, 7 & 8, 2017

Whitmore Arena, University of New Hampshire

The Aluminum Falcons are attending this event thanks to the sponsorship of Pfizer

Week 2

SouthEast Massachusetts District Event

March 10, 11 & 12, 2017

Bridgewater-Raynham High School

The Aluminum Falcons are attending this event thanks to the sponsorship of Hubble Inc.


World Championship

April 26, 27, 28, & 29 2017

Edward Jones Dome St. Louis, MO

Pending qualification, The Aluminum Falcons are attending this event thanks to the sponsorship of DoDSTEM

Week 3

Bridgewater-Raritan District Event

March 17, 18, & 19, 2017

Bridgewater, NJ

The Aluminum Falcons are attending this event thanks to the sponsorship of Google




CIAC Connecticut State Championship

Early March, 2017

Date and Location TBA

The Aluminum Falcons are attending this event thanks to the sponsorship from Groton Education Foundation

Week 4

Rhode Island District Event

March 24, 25 & 26

Bryant University

The Aluminum Falcons are attending this event thanks to the sponsorship of Groton Utilities



BattleCry @WPI

Harrington Auditorium

Worcester Polytechnic Institution

Date TBA



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