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Florida Educator to Receive the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award

Ricardo V. Soria, assistant principal of Choctawahatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been named the 2009 recipient of the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. Given by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Space Foundation, the award will be presented during the Opening Ceremony of the 25th National Space Symposium on March 30.

Soria was selected for his role in creating the Engineers For America (EFA) program, an innovative elementary school initiative that promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through hands-on flight, aviation and aerospace activities. The program has two major components: a two-day "Teach the Teacher" workshop prepares teachers to use aviation-based resources and activities to integrate STEM into the classroom; and one-day "Reach the Student" events at the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum at nearby Elgin Air Force Base that gives students a unique opportunity to conduct experiments in an interesting and inspiring venue.

Congratulations Mr. Soria!