FALA Volunteer Corps
The FALA robotics team is on a roll. For the second consecutive year, FALA robotics advanced from the Regional Championship competition at Northern Arizona University to the Western Super Regional competition, in Tacoma, Washington.
This is a huge accomplishment that all FALA families should be proud of. The more they win, though, the more money the team needs for travel and materials. Give them a hand by dedicating your Arizona tax credit to FALA robotics.
According to azdor.gov, the maximum credit amount that may be taken for tax year 2016 is $200 for single, unmarried head of household and married filing separate filers and $400 for married filing joint filers.
How It Works: The state of Arizona offers its taxpayers the opportunity to make contributions to schools and non-profit organizations that reduce the amount of tax owed to the state or increase the amount of the taxpayer’s refund, dollar-for-dollar. There is NO NET COST to the donor, and deserving individuals around the state benefit. There are three main communities tax credit donations serve, and donors can contribute to any or all of them. To learn more about each, use the above navigation menu. You must have a tax liability for at least the amount of your donation in order to take a tax credit. In other words, if you only owe $500 to the state of Arizona, you cannot receive $1,000 in tax credits. (azcredits.org).
At the Regional Championship, the InFALAbles, a third-year team from FALA, competed against 41 other teams from Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico to secure one of only four spots to advance to the next level of competition.
The team designed and built a robot that could successfully accomplish all the missions presented in the Velocity Vortex challenge. They were also recognized with the Connect Award for their success in outreaching to the community at events such as the Flagstaff Festival of Science and STEM night at the NAU Skydome.
The students on the team continue to build their skills at manufacturing, programming and computer aided design as they move forward in this competition. Their coach believes that FALA has long had a reputation for outstanding programs in the arts, and this achievement proves that it should not be overlooked for its outstanding STEM programs as well.
Coach Merri Sue Carter said, “We are building a real, sustainable STEM program at FALA. We have competitive teams in both our middle school and high school programs. No student should be forced to choose between the arts that they love, or the technology that represents development in the future. They can, and should, pursue their passion for both.”
Juniors Cydny Clark and Wyatt Clark were also recognized for their exceptional contributions to the team with a nomination to the FIRST Dean’s List award. The Regional Championship was hosted by the Coconino High School robotics program, which is multi-award winning program that facilitates robotics at every level in our region.
The FALA robotics program is coached by FALA science teacher Rich Krueger, Naval Observatory astronomer Merri Sue Carter, and Naval Research Laboratory engineer Jim Clark. Sponsors Personnel Systems, Dr. Mclaughlin Orthodontics, LuLaRoe Jeanne Woolverton, and Sam’s Club have helped the team with expenses.
Now it’s your chance to help. Support FALA robotics with a tax credit donation.