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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altThis was possibly one of our most impressive performances yet.

On March 16th-18th, 2012 the Aluminum Falcons competed in the annual New York City FIRST Robotics Regional. Fine tuned and not only ready to rebound, but rumble, FIRST Team 2168 went to New York City prepared to spread their wings. This was the team's first time competing in the NYC Regional. Aluma Fett worked amazingly throughout the qualifications rounds. Out of 66 teams competing, the Aluminum Falcons were ranked #1 with an (8-0-0) record entering eliminations. Being the first seeded alliance captain, we were joined by third seeded alliance captain FIRST Team 1676 Pascack Pioneers from Montvale, NJ and FIRST Team 329 "Raiders" from Medford, NY. Although the team had performed well in the quarterfinals, due to communications problems and other technical difficulties, the alliance was eliminated in the semifinals. 

On a positive note, we did not leave empty handed, winning the Innovation in Control Award for their impressive button box that was utilized by the Drive Team during the competition. Although the team did not leave with the win, the experience the Aluminum Falcons witnessed was the product of our exponential growth.


Only two years ago, to get that far would have been a dream. FIRST Team 2168 will take what they have learned from New York City and apply it to their final showdown at the Northeast Utilities FIRST Robotics Regional on March 29th-31st. 

"Had a blast watching you guys compete. Congratulations on getting this far! I'm very excited for the future of the team"-Anthony Tadros (Alumni; 2009 Team Captain)

"We did great this weekend and I think everyone had an awesome time, I know I did. Now we can just let this serve as increased motivation to destroy at Hartford; as seen in the past, one small loss will definitely not stop the mighty Aluminum Falcons"-Zack Nado (Programming Captain)

"It hurt for a while, but I'm back to remembering the undefeated run through the quals, and the absolutely brilliant quarterfinals. Everyone was very impressive and I am proud of you all"-Brian Chidley (Head Coach)



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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