“Astronaut Al Worden Endeavour Scholarship” Will Send High School Students & Teachers From Around the World to U.S. Space Camp
Honoring the Apollo 15 CMP, new Kallman Worldwide global goodwill initiative connects international airshows and American industry to help launch the next generation of space exploration.
PARIS, FRANCE and HUNTSVILLE, AL/June 18, 2019 — A new international education program to reward aspiring young space explorers and their teachers with a hands-on astronaut training experience at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s renowned Space Camp in Huntsville, AL, was launched today at the 2019 Paris Air Show.
The “Astronaut Al Worden Endeavour Scholarship,” named for the Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot and global advocate for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, invites students and educators in host communities of major international airshows to compete for an all-expenses paid week at Space Camp.
Sixteen student awards and four teacher awards will be made each year beginning this fall. Participating airshows include Avalon (the Australian International Airshow), Bahrain Airshow, Dubai Airshow, FIDAE (Santiago, Chile), Japan Aerospace, Paris Air Show, the Royal International Air Tattoo and the Singapore Airshow.
The new initiative was unveiled by Tom Kallman, President and CEO of international trade show organizer Kallman Worldwide, at the “Tribute to Apollo 50” VIP reception in the company’s Paris Air Show Partnership Chalet.
Apollo 50 is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) golden anniversary celebration this summer of man’s first steps on the Moon. As the organizer of the USA Partnership Pavilion at Le Bourget for three decades, Kallman hosted the “Tribute” reception as part of the Pavilion’s weeklong “Apollo 50: Paris” program, invoking the spirit of Apollo to promote U.S. industry.
“The 50th Anniversary of Apollo’s success provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the positive impact that space programs have had on society, and re-emphasize the need for continued support of public and private initiatives dedicated to aerospace exploration and commerce,” said Kallman. “In cooperation with our event partners around the world, industry leaders in the United States and the leadership team at Space Camp, the world’s premiere astronaut training experience, we’re proud to launch the Al Worden Endeavour Scholarship to honor the past and inspire the future of space exploration.”
Since 1982, Space Camp has inspired the next generation of astronauts, engineers and scientists through an immersive program that includes astronaut training and simulated space missions,. Space Camp alumni include NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) astronauts as well as engineers, scientists and technologists in myriad disciplines around the world.
“The Space Camp experience bonds like-minded space explorers through their training, missions and team experience,” Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and Executive Director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, said. “Creating lasting relationships among nations is key to living and working in space and to accomplishing mankind’s next giant leap forward. In that same spirit, the Astronaut Al Worden Endeavour Scholarship heightens connections around the globe to achieve success in space for years to come.”
Endeavour scholarships will be awarded based on merit by select stakeholders in participating air show communities, and reviewed by a Space Camp team including Worden. He will announce the first Endeavour Scholarships this November at the 2019 Dubai Airshow, and plans to visit with scholarship winners during their Space Camp tours.
“As a lifelong advocate for education and exploration, I am deeply honored and excited to lend my name and experience to this international Space Camp program,” said Worden. “When you consider the decades of rigor and discipline it’s going to take to successfully put people from Earth on Mars, and that getting to Mars is just one of the countless engineering challenges we face on our own planet today, we need to pick up the pace,” Worden said. “The pipeline for STEM talent can handle a lot more volume, and Space Camp is a proven connection.”
ABOUT KALLMAN WORLDWIDE
Established in 1963, Kallman Worldwide creates unique opportunities for U.S. companies to strengthen business relationships around the world by maximizing their impact at international trade shows. With its flagship USA Partnership Pavilion, end-to-end exhibitor services, custom stand-building and corporate hospitality programs, Kallman has helped more than 10,000 companies, associations and government agencies “export with purpose and exhibit with confidence” at over 1,500 industry and professional events in 46 countries. The company is a strategic partner of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and a proud recipient of the President’s “E” Award for its role in helping to increase U.S. exports. Kallman Worldwide is headquartered in Waldwick, N.J., and staffs a Latin America office in Santiago, Chile. For more information visit www.kallman.com.
ABOUT U.S. SPACE & ROCKET CENTER
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