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The MDA STEM Outreach Program continues to see its efforts validated through the achievements and successes of individual benefactors in schools and communities across the United States.

“The STEM office takes pride in knowing our initiatives have made a difference in the lives of others at both the state and national levels,” Jacqueline Martin, MDA STEM outreach program lead, said.

Martin congratulates Elizabeth Bero at Horizon Elementary School in Madison for receiving the 2020 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Educator Achievement Award. The national recognition honors outstanding K-12 educators for their contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics within the classroom and beyond.

“After 40 years of teaching experience, concentrating on the application of math and science fundamentals for elementary school children, this award is certainly a testament to her talent and love of education,” Martin said.

Bero attributes a measure of her success to local MDA STEM Outreach initiatives such as science fairs, Future City, and LEGO Robotics team competition. All were foundations that facilitated enrichment of STEM for the K-5 student population at Horizon Elementary School.

Bero is one of only three K-12 educators from across the United States to receive the honor in 2020. Each honoree receives $5,000 for themselves and an additional $5,000 for their school in the advancement of STEM education. Bero will travel to the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., to receive the coveted Crystal Apple award in person.

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