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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2168 cheer groupOn September 29th the Aluminum Falcons competed with the Fat Swan at the Bash at the Beach competition in Old Lyme, CT. With continuing lift problems from IRI the team was still able to continue with picking balls up two at a time. This competition was a good environment for our new drivers, Emma Stark and Finian O’Connor to take the joysticks. They drove the robot efficiently throughout the morning putting the team into the thirteenth seed for elimination rounds. 

The Aluminum Falcons were partnered with FRC team 1124 the Uberbots and FRC team 3461 the P.E.A.C.C.E. team. The alliance breezed through the quarterfinals with no issues. After three more matches the team advances to the finals. In the Finals the team lost the first of the 3 matches. The last two matches our drivers and the drivers of our alliance partners did the impossible by shooting multiple baskets in the gameplay time period. One of the matches the Aluminum Falcons only missed one basket. This dominant offensive alliance was able to defeat the other alliance to win Bash at the Beach 2012.
The Bash at the Beach experience was also an important weekend for the team because the new members got a feel for what the FIRST Robotics competitions are like. Also they bonded with the team members from previous years and learned about the team and robots at the competition. Overall the event was a great experience for the Aluminum Falcons not only because of winning but because the team created bonds and friendships with each other.

“ It was a great surprise to win at bash at the beach. It was a wonderful experience for new students to come to, as well as a warm up for returning members. “ –Finian O’Connor (2168 Robot Operator)

“During the day, our team was very intrigued in the competition, and there was a very high level of team spirit. Although it was great to win, I believe that the best part about it was team building and team spirit.” –Kevin Ryan (2168 new team member)



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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