The Fighting Milkmen began in the summer of 2009 when Tim decided he wanted to go beyond FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics and make a combat robot. He got together with some other mentors from the Southington, CT FIRST team and formed a combat robotics team.
Now, you may be wondering why our team name is The Fighting Milkmen. It all started in Gino & Sandra’s living room during one of the first meetings. We decided to be random and exciting by using a random name generator to suggest a team name for us. We went through hundreds of ridiculous team names and landed on “The Fighting Milkmen.” Why did we choose it? It made us laugh. What sealed the deal: a YouTube video called Milkman vs. Mailman (YouTube Link). Thus, we became The Fighting Milkmen combat robotics team.
Our first robot, “AnkleBiter,” was in the 60 lb. class. It was made in Lance’s machine shop, Tiger Enterprises. When it was complete, we all flew out to San Mateo, CA for the RoboGames 2010 competition. The robot was driven by Dave, who was also the driver on the high school FIRST team for several years. We did pretty well. We placed 6th out of the 21 teams in our weight class. Our robot survived with relatively low damage, and of course we left a few battle wounds on some of our competitors.