Singapore Airshow and Kallman Worldwide join forces to award the Al Worden Endeavour Space Camp Challenge; a fully-sponsored week at US Space Camp, Huntsville, Alabama in August 2020.
Singapore Airshow announces its partnership with Kallman Worldwide, Inc., to launch the ‘Astronaut Al Worden Endeavour Space Camp Challenge 2020’, an initiative which Singapore Airshow says aims to foster greater international understanding and cooperation, and inspire the next generation of innovators, explorers, and leaders in the global aerospace community.
The challenge is named in honour of Alfred Merrill “Al” Worden (Colonel, USAF, Ret.), Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 15 lunar mission in 1971, and a global advocate for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. One of 24 people have flown to the Moon. Worden’s record-setting mission included 74 solo lunar orbits in the Command Module “Endeavour.”
The ‘Challenge’ is open to all secondary schools in Singapore and for students between 15 to 18 years old.
The winning team of four Singapore students and one teacher chaperone will be fully sponsored to attend the world’s premier space camp training experience, Space Camp, in Huntsville, Alabama USA from 16 to 21 August 2020.
Since 1982, Space Camp has inspired the next generation of astronauts, engineers and scientists through an immersive programme that includes astronaut training and simulated space missions with the aim of helping to achieve success in space for years to come.
According to Experia Events Managing Director Leck Chet Lam one of Singapore Airshow’s missions is to ensure a sustainable talent pipeline that will facilitate the transformation of Asia’s aviation and defence industries.
“We are thrilled to partner with Kallman Worldwide, long-standing organiser of the show’s USA Partnership Pavilion. This programme is a perfect fit with our current education and outreach programmes which are aimed at sowing the seeds of Singapore’s future in aviation, and paving the way for the next generation to take to the skies,” says Chet Lam.
President and CEO Kallman Worldwide Tom Kallman says the challenge is supported by the U.S. aerospace industry. Kallman says this initiative aims to promote global goodwill and partnership between students and nations.
“We recognise and reward the achievements of tomorrow’s leaders and today’s teachers. Singapore’s education system is respected worldwide for championing STEM, and the Singapore Airshow, as a highly influential event on the global aviation calendar, is an ideal platform for an initiative of this magnitude and prestige. Our plan is to have Colonel Worden on hand to present the scholarship to the ‘Challenge’ winners. We are certain this experience will serve to motivate our selected students and teacher to pursue their passion for learning in all disciplines impacted by science, technology, engineering, and math,” says Kallman.
The Astronaut Al Worden Endeavour Space Camp Challenge 2020 is now open and closes on 15 December 2019.
Interested students are required to submit their responses to a space exploration challenge in the form of a five-minute video. The submitted video entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges comprising of representatives from Experia Events and the Singapore Space and Technology Association.
The winning team of four students and one teacher chaperone will be selected in January and the announcement and award presentation will be held during the Singapore Airshow 2020.
Singaporean students will join 16 other Endeavour Scholarship recipients from the UAE, Chile, Poland and the United Kingdom all of whom have earned their slots at Space Camp’s “International Week 2020” through locally-managed national competitions.
Similar award ceremonies will take place at the Dubai Air Show (UAE), Bahrain International Airshow, the FIDAE Air Show (Chile), Farnborough International Airshow (UK) and the MSPO (Poland).
Colonel Al Worden says as a lifelong advocate for education and exploration, he is honoured to be a part of the challenge.
“I am deeply honoured and excited to lend my name and experience to this international award. Getting to Mars in the future is just one of the countless engineering and physical challenges we face on our own planet today, and can only become a reality through international collaboration. With my international scholars and many others working as one team, we hope to underpin our future success in space. My partners at Kallman Worldwide and I both agree, the pipeline for STEM talent can handle a lot more volume, and Space Camp is a proven conduit,” says Worden.
(Ed. The biennial Singapore Airshow is Asia’s largest and most influential international aerospace and defence exhibition in the region. Singapore Airshow 2020 will take place at Changi Exhibition Centre from 11 to 16 February 2020. Kallman Worldwide says it creates opportunities for U.S. companies to build business relationships around the world by maximising their impact at international trade shows. Kallman claims to be a strategic partner of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is headquartered in Waldwick, N.J.)