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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On Febuary 18th, 2012 FIRST Team 2168 traveled to Suffield, CT to compete in Aces High 176 Suffield Shakedown.  For 11 years, this scrimmage has given teams a chance to test their robots the weekend before bag-and-tag day. This gives teams an opportunity to see how the new game is played, what they should improve in their robots, and how competitive other FIRST teams may be this season. We proved by our showing at the Shakedown we were one of those competitive teams. Impressive designs were seen throughout the entering teams pitting us against robots such as the 1991 Dragons and 175 Buzz Robotics.

Aluma Fett soared during this competition displaying an impressive autonomous mode and being capable of shooting into the highest basket. We made it into eliminations, semi-finals, finals, and eventually became Suffield Shakedown's 2012 champions. Being the first competition win for the Aluminum Falcons this was a monumental experience for the entire team. Even though the hard work of our students and mentors for the past six weeks led to this point, we could not have done it without our alliance partners: FIRST Team 176 Aces High and 716 Who'sCTEKS.

The Aluminum Falcons also came home with four trophies: Most Impressive Autonomous, Highest Score, 1st place Alliance, and the Dave Leenhout's Award. The Dave Leenhout's award was started by head coach Dave Leenhout who originally started Aces High Robotics. It is given to the student-nominated mentor who displays the vision, dedication, and inspiration towards spreading FIRST. Our head coach Brian Chidley received this award for his tireless and often underappreciated work towards keeping the Aluminum Falcons soaring. Click here to view our winning essay

This was a great competition for our team and an amazing way to start of the season, but we still have a lot of work to do. We have a few days to perfect our design before the dreaded bag-and-tag day. If today was any indication of how we would do this season, Rebound Rumble may be an explosive season for FIRST Team 2168 the Aluminum Falcons.

"A BIG Congratulations to the Aluminum Falcons for winning Suffield Shakedown Championship and Autonomous Award... And a special congratulations to Mr. Chidley.. Mr. Brian Chidley... Where is he? Go get Mr. Chidley..For winning the Dave Leenhouts Mentorship Award!"-Paul Kelleher (USN)

"You guys are more winning than Charlie Sheen. Congratulations Team and Mr. Chidley! Hope I can go to one of your events (World Championships amIright?)"- Dominick Twitty (2011 Alumni)

"Proud mentor tonight. FRC2168 wins Suffield Shakedown with FRC176 and FRC716, good work everyone"- Justin Foss (Lead Mechanical Mentor, Parker Hannifin).



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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