Australia's Aspiring Astronauts of the Future - Your Time Is Now
13 Feb 2023
The American Chamber of Commerce in Australia is partnering with Kallman Worldwide and The Astronaut Al Worden Endeavour Scholarship to give four young Australians the opportunity of a lifetime to attend a week-long program at the premier U.S. space education centre – Space Camp – in Huntsville, Alabama, from 2-7 July 2023.
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Four Australian students aged 15-18 will each receive a full scholarship to be part of Mission Team #10 – TEAM AUSTRALIA – joining students from around the world, fostering understanding and cooperation in the global aerospace community and taking part in hands-on astronaut training.
U.S. Ambassador to Australia and AmCham Patron Caroline Kennedy commended the longstanding cooperation between Australia and the United States in space. “I can’t wait for Australia’s future explorers to experience Space Camp and to come back and share their knowledge with their friends and fellow students,” said Ambassador Kennedy. “Australian engineers captured the first images of Neil Armstrong on the moon for the entire world to see. Since then, the United States and Australia have continued to deepen our space partnership and use our scientific discoveries to benefit our daily lives. As the next generation carries forward the mission to expand technological frontiers in space, the U.S.-Australian partnership remains as critical as it was more than fifty years ago.”
AmCham Chair Dr Larry Marshall said science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) give students the skills they need to tackle the world’s greatest challenges. “The biggest issues for Australia and the world will be solved with STEM - climate change, critical minerals, and cutting-edge technologies will increasingly rely on applications in space, and when students look up from Australia they can see the centre of the galaxy, so we want Australian students to be at the forefront,” said Dr Marshall.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Kallman Worldwide Tom Kallman said the Endeavour Scholarship will inspire the next generation of innovators, explorers, and leaders in the space sector. “Kallman Worldwide is a global advocate for STEM-to-Space careers. Since 2015, we’ve worked with Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot Col. Al Worden, USAF-Ret., and a coalition of industry supporters to promote science, technology, engineering, and math education to kids and communities around the world,” said Mr Kallman.
Chief Executive Officer of AmCham Australia April Palmerlee encouraged students to be creative and submit their applications. “AmCham is proud to be giving students the opportunity to live out their dreams and ignite their passion for a career in space. The students will be selected by an expert panel of judges from space and STEM industries across business, academia, and the public sector, representing the incredible diversity of careers in space. Applications will be assessed on the technical and scientific accuracy of the proposal, the creativity and uniqueness of the concept, video production quality and engagement, and the motivation to participate in Space Camp,” said Ms Palmerlee.
Applications close on Sunday, 12 March 2023.
Students can apply now at https://amchamaustralia.awardsplatform.com/
Please contact (02) 8031 9000 if you need support in applying.