WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Educational Foundation recently announced the recipient of this year’s Joanne Benton Educator Exploration Grant — Mary Beth Valuk.
Valuk, a Math/Science teacher at the Middle School, received $1500 in grant funding to visit the Kennedy Space Center and attend NASA’s Mars Base 1 this summer.
According to NASA: “Mars Base 1 is the only place on Earth where you travel to Mars to live and work for the day. Set in a landscape of the future, Rookie Astronaut teams have the unique opportunity to manage the Base Operations Center on Mars, harvest vegetables in the Botany Lab, program robots to optimize solar energy intake and adapt to the challenges of living in the Martian environment.”
The grant, named in memory of late Wilmington School Superintendent Joanne Benton, enable educators to bring their explorations to the classroom. Th grant allows teachers the opportunity to travel and experience the subjects they are teaching to the classroom in a hands-on environment. Teachers then bring what they have learned to the classroom, engaging children and enhancing their learning experience.
About Wilmington Educational Foundation
Established in 1999, the Wilmington Educational Foundation (WEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to supporting innovation and excellence in the Wilmington public school system. WEF’s goal is to enhance and increase educational opportunities for all Wilmington students by providing funds for innovative programs that are not otherwise funded through the school budget.
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