Every season, thousands of dollars are spent building the robot, paying travel expenses, submitting competition entry fees, and procuring and maintaining equipment. To be completely frank, the mentors and the families connected to the team could not reasonably put forth such funds by themselves. Thankfully, our team is lucky enough to have many sponsors that do so much to help us out. Without them, we could not hope to sustain ourselves. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the Aluminum Falcons, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Pfizer, the application of science and their global resources are used to improve health and well-being at every stage of life. Pfizer strives to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacturing of medicines for people and animals. Pfizer's diversified global healthcare portfolio includes human and animal biologic and small molecule medicines and vaccines, as well as nutritional products and many of the world's best-known consumer products. With their research headquarters based in Groton, Pfizer is the keystone corporation for our town and community. The Pfizer Foundation provides sponsorship through their Community Grants program, their volunteer incentive program, and through matching gifts from employees. Pfizer has also provided and supported the use of crucial electrical equipment used in the FIRST Robotics Competition events held in Groton.
Thanks to the generous support from the Pfizer Foundation and even more support from Pfizer employees, the Aluminum Falcons will be attending three district events prior to the 2017 New England District Championship Competition.
UBS. A Swiss multinational investment bank that maintains a strong presence throughout financial sectors across the world. Sponsorship is a long-standing tradition at UBS. Their portfolio helps the world better understand who they are and what they believe in, and at the same time presents exciting business and hospitality opportunities. Their global sponsorship framework is based on a strong strategy – commitment to, and expertise in, a narrow number of fields. This helps build relationships with their clients, sponsorship partners, and the wider global community. They are also involved as a patron in Switzerland through their work with the UBS Culture Foundation and the UBS Foundation for Social Issues and Education, in accordance with clear regulations.
Groton Public Schools
The educational district under which six elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school are all affiliated, Groton Public Schools are the principal educational organization of our local community. They have generously allowed us to use the former Pleasant Valley Elementary school as our workshop and base, spending thousands on utility bills to keep us warm, and safe. Groton Public Schools is one of our most important sponsors; we could not exist without them.
Charter Oak Federal Credit Union
The year was 1939, and in a shipyard in Groton, 10 men gathered to chip in $25 each to create a lending institution to help their fellow workers. They put their hard-earned cash inside a shoebox, and they weren’t sure if they'd ever see that $25 investment again. They took a bold first step, and they called their proud new lending institution the Groton Shipbuilders Federal Credit Union. It has become a $980 million-plus financial institution called Charter Oak Federal Credit Union – they're eastern Connecticut's largest credit union and a leading financial institution in Connecticut. They're also a not-for-profit financial cooperative where each and every member can say he or she is also an owner. They return their earnings to their members through lower rates and fees on loans and higher yields on their deposits. And they're proud to say that since 1939 they've been governed exclusively by their members – not by stockholders. Their Board of Directors is composed entirely of volunteers who receive no compensation for their hard work and are elected by our membership.
Groton Utilities is a municipally owned and operated utility providing Electric and Water services to thousands of consumers in Southeastern Connecticut. As a leader in Southeastern Connecticut, G-U provides essential electric, water and other services at prices which reflect exceptional customer value and quality. G-U enhances and supports the vitality and livability of the communities they serve. We are excited to have our home-town energy company as an Aluminum Sponsor, and we hope to continue this relationship for years.
Incorporated in 1984, R-D has continuously adapted to stay ahead of ever-changing needs of their customers. Originally organized as a straight made-to-order job shop, R-D has developed into a contract manufacturing house offering a spectrum of services from concept development through inventory control strategies.
R-D has offered access to their machining facilities to quicken the turnaround time for the fabrication of components designed by our team. This is the third year of sponsorship from R-D, and we look forward to their continuing support.
At the Department of Defense, our people are the military's most enduring advantage. DoD continually seeks to increase development of a representative, world-class STEM talent pool capable of filling our workforce needs and providing continuous access to STEM talent throughout the Nation.
Groton is the "Submarine Capital of the World," and we are all part of the extended Navy family. For the third year straight we have been privileged to attend the World Championship Competition thanks to additional assistance through DoDSTEM.
For over 50 years, the Hillery Company has offered the best in custom metal fabrication with an array of manufacturing services to northeast companies, including defense, pharmaceutical, paper, wire, and textile manufacturing. With complete metal fabrication capabilities, Hillery offers their clients the ultimate metal fabrication services. Since the beginning of the Aluminum Falcons, the Hillery Company has produced professional-quality parts for our robots, and the value of their contribution puts Hillery among our top sponsors. We are very fortunate and thankful to have their support through the 2019 season.
J Steele Services
J Steele Services LLC was founded in 2009 in Mystic, Connecticut. They are a local fabrication facility which manufactures steel and other metal products for structural purposes. J Steele provides crucial, quick-turnaround fabrication of CAD-designed components of our competition robot during the all-too-short build season. Without their support, we would not have a competition-ready robot.
Founded in 1972, ETM Manufacturing, located in Littleton, Massachusetts, specializes in customized machining and sheet metal fabrication solutions for customers looking to purchase small volume production runs or prototypes. Their goals are to be the best partner for their customers, to be a great employer, and a contributing neighbor in our local community.
Google is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products that include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, software, and hardware. Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
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Groton Rotary Club
The Groton Rotary Club, encourages people from the community to put service above self. Groton Rotary club aims to involve young people in projects that turn them into confident leaders that are willing to take on any challenge they may face and continues one's growth and education in human relations and personal development. Furthermore Groton Rotary Club teaches many important life skills one needs in order to succeed, such as, public speaking, citizenship, cultural awareness, and vocational skills. The Groton Rotary club is about service and honor, it it best suited to people who feel satisfied after helping another person. It was thanks to the Groton Rotary Club we were able to buy FLL kits for our aluminum falcons summer camp so we can introduce the idea of STEM throughout our community.
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life. Since 2012 this sponsor has provided our CAD Crew with a powerful software used to design all of our award-winning robots.
MathWorks is the developer of MATLAB and Simulink, the leading mathematical computing software for engineering and scientists. MathWorks software has been the preferred mathematical computing software of our engineering mentors for several years. In using this software, the Aluminum Falcons won the "Innovation in Control Award" at several FIRST Robotics Competition events, including three times at the New England DIstrict Championship (2014, 2015, and 2017), twice at the World Championship Event (2016 and 2017), and twice at the NE District Rhode Island Event (2017 and 2018). MathWorks has provided their professional-grade software to the team without charge. Recently, the Aluminum Falcons have been honored by being inculded in MathWorks "Winners Circle."
General Dynamics--Applied Physical Sciences
Applied Physical Sciences Corp. is a Research, Development and Engineering consulting firm specializing in Acoustics, Signal Processing, Marine Hydrodynamics and Electromagnetics. APS provides services and innovative products to the National Defense R&D community, and also for the commercial market through direct commercial support and the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. Roughly half of APS's technical staff hold PhDs in Engineering, Physics, and Mathematics. APS became the team's first "Aluminum Partner" in the 2012 season; with their assistance, our attendance at the Connecticut Regional FIRST Robotics Competition was possible that year. APS also supported us when we first attended the World Championship FIRST Robotics Competition in St. Louis. In addition to monetary support, APS makes available their fabrication capabilities during the build season. 2019 is the seventh season with APS as a sponsor.
Fairview founded by Odd Fellows is a non profit and a caregiving facility who treat generation upon generations of patients who need rehabilitation, longterm care, and memory care. Fairview provides independent senior housing and is like a second home for them. Odd fellows aims to to improve and elevate every person to a higher, nobler plane, they care for the weak and provide education for anyone who needs it, that way everyone and anyone can have a chance to succeed. The Odd Fellows Promote equality amongst different race, nationality, religion, social status, gender, rank and station. Odd Fellows is a lodge where anyone can come and have fun with collaborative, creative, and constructive projects. With their support we were able to fund our FLL lego camp buy providing enough lego windstorm kits so everyone has a chance to experience STEM.
Constellation is a leading competitive energy company providing power, natural gas, renewable energy, and energy management products and services for homes and businesses across the continental United Sates. 2017 was the first year of receiving sponsorship from Constellation, and their support has been valuable in every season since.
Mystic Women's Club
"Unity in Diversity." For over 50 years, the Mystic Women's Club has been serving as a non-denominational and non-profit organization. Supporting local and state public organization, contributing towards bettering the living conditions of residents of the Southeastern CT area, and taking an active role in leadership for the preservation of our country's resources by stressing the importance of good citizenship, spiritual values, and good health for all peoples; these goals reflect only some of the poly-faceted ambitions of the Mystic Women's Club.
Walmart Inc.'s corporate mission is “to save people money so they can live better.” This statement reflects the ideals of the company's founder, Sam Walton. Strategic decisions in the business are a direct manifestation of this mission statement, which is synonymous to the company's slogan, “Save money. Live better.” This particular store has done much to live up to those words, supplying us with both corporate sponsorship and with supplies to host events such as CT Champs last year.
Patrons of the aluminum falcons
Lowe's Home Improvement
Friends of the Aluminum Falcons
Hoyt, Filipetti and Malaghan LLC
Groton Eye Center
Veronica and David Cousens
Ralph and Margaret Chidley
Martin and Donna Cloudas
Tom and Kristin Sullivan
Anderson Power Products
Wayne's Barber Shop
Peter and Patricia Halvordson
Richard and Shirley Reese
Supporters of the Aluminum Falcons
General Dynamics-Electric Boat
Established in 1899, Electric Boat has established standards of excellence in the design, construction and life cycle support of submarines for the U.S. Navy. Primary operations are the shipyard in Groton, CT, the automated hull-fabrication and outfitting facility in Quonset Point, RI, and an engineering building in New London, CT. The current workforce is more than 11,000 employees. Electric Boat is a long time supporter of FIRST Robotics in Connecticut.
EB is a cornerstone of the economy and community here in Groton. Thanks to the volunteering mentors from EB, the Aluminum Falcons are able to fly.
Groton Education Foundation
The GEF is a non-profit organization which supports educational innovation and excellence within the Groton Community.
The GEF provide teachers, librarians and educational institutions in the Groton Community with resources to pilot learning projects and develop new learning processes. Since 1997, the GEF has provided over $155,000 to educators in our community to expand the learning horizons of our children.
Thanks to the Grant received from GEF, the Aluminum Falcons will be heightening its outreach programs in our town, across Southeastern CT, and anywhere else we go, especially the CIAC Connecticut State Championship Competition in May.