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 June 2nd, 2012 the Aluminum Falcons competed in the off-season Beantown Blitz hosted by the NUtrons at Northeastern University. Interestingly, this competition featured our rookie Drive Team members: Emma Stark, Finian O' Connor, and Jacob Kowalski during qualification rounds with our current student drivers acting as coaches. In only their first competition they rose to become the sixth seed only trailing behind teams such as Buzz and the Bobcats. After denying a selection from the third seed BVT FIRST Robotics the Aluminum Falcons decided to create their own alliance with Emma as their representative. The Falcons were joined again by 125 NUtrons and a solid rookie team with an impressive autonomous, 4048 Redshift.

Entering the quarterfinals the Aluminum Falcons found themselves in a place that they hadn't been in since Suffield; they were the lower seeded alliance. Upsetting the odds the Aluminum alliance defeated the fourth seeded alliance with large score margins in each match. Progressing to the semifinals, the alliance found themselves faced with mechanical problems from 2 out of 3 of the alliance members. Continuing to the semifinals, the alliance faced arguably the toughest alliance in the competition consisting of 177 Bobcat Robotics, 175 Buzz Robotics, and 69 Team HYPER. Faced with mechanical problems and misaligned shooting, the alliance put up a tough fight but was eventually eliminated.


Although, it did not end in victory, two drive teams rose from this event. The performance that the rookie drivers displayed shows only a bright outcome for the future of FIRST Team 2168. Another team that arose from this competition was not a student team but a mentor team. During lunch, on the day of the event, mentors: Josh Miller, Justin Foss, and James Corcoran competed against other mentor teams receiving the highest score of the day of 85. With a new drive team ready to take over and IRI in the wake the Aluminum Falcons are preparing now for not just New England but the North American continent. 

"I can't be anything but happy about yesterday. Our rookie drivers did amazing, our mentors destroyed the competition, and being on the field the entire day makes only more excited to be a field reset for IRI. Why does this have to end?" - Daron Chandler (Concept Crew Captain/Webmaster)


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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