Inauguration of the Astronaut Al Worden Innovation Center
International Community Schools, Mushrif Campus, proudly inaugurated the Al Worden Innovation Center on Tuesday, 14 November 2023. This significant milestone pays tribute to the late Al Worden, one of the Apollo 15 astronauts who made history with a lunar landing in 1971. The Center is named in recognition of his contribution to space exploration and is dedicated to fostering the growth of exceptional students through the ‘Al Worden Endeavour Scholarship’ program, initiated by Al Worden to develop the curiosity of the next generation in expanding the boundaries of scientific exploration in space.
The inauguration ceremony was graced by esteemed guests, including Tom Kallman, CEO of Kallman Worldwide, and Colonel Mike Bloomfield, Shuttle Pilot/Commander of multiple space missions to the International Space Station (ISS). Joining them were senior officials from the Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), representatives from ADNOC, school Principals, teachers, and students.
The Al Worden Innovation Center stands as a testament to International Community School’s commitment to providing a robust platform for students to exhibit their capabilities in STEAM, encompassing science, mathematics, engineering, robotics, AI, and other cutting-edge technologies. Functioning as a nurturing environment, the center focuses on developing and enhancing the creativity of students, preparing them for a promising future.
During his address, Mr. Mohamed Al Shamma, the Managing Director and CEO of International Community Schools, emphasized that the center serves as a hub for creativity and innovation,
nurturing future leaders. He underscored its alignment with the school’s policy and priority to ensure the provision of essential scientific resources and a conducive learning environment. Mr. Tom Kallman, in his remarks, commended the outstanding partnership with International Community
Schools and highlighted the commendable efforts that have resulted in educational grants for students. These grants aim to create opportunities for students to cultivate creativity and innovation, while honing and supporting their skills, through participation in a unique training experience at the NASA Space Camp in Alabama, USA, in collaboration with Kallman Worldwide.