Working to Inspire children.

Each child has the potential to achieve in different ways.All children can benefit equally, despite their backgrounds because the message from the 24 American astronauts who made the journey from the Earth to the Moon is that, despite terrible odds and high risk, the lessons of the space programme taught them to overcome adversity and fight against the odds to overcome difficulties and achieve highly.If you choose to control your own destiny you need to set goals. Who better than these incredible men to encourage the actions the young people need to take to move toward their rightful destiny. Scottish children can be guided to reach for the stars.


Supporting Charlie’s work with the school children is Airdrie Astronomical Association who are curators of Airdrie Public Observatory. The children have all been invited to follow up events at Airdrie Pubic Observatory as well as a series of talks and events at their weekly association meetings which are delivered free and are open to the public. Airdrie Astronomical Association has assisted in the setting up of after-school space clubs to help encourage children to learn about science, space flight and astronomy.The association invited Charlie to view the observatory where they do so much work with children and community groups. Charlie was introduced to the stunning wall mural which leads all the way up the three flights of stairs to the observatory on the top floor of Airdrie library. The result of a six month project in partnership with Glasgow Metropolitan College HND Fine Art students, the mural has images of space and the solar system with the top floor being a tribute to the Apollo programme. Immediately outside the door into the Observatory is a portrait of Charlie. Although he had previously seen photos of it he was delighted to see it in person and appreciated the research and hard work that the students had put into their project.


Our pupils certainly enjoyed their visit!   Mr Duke is quite inspirational, and the kids have so few real heroes any more!

Count us in for any future activities, please!


Many thanks for such a well-organised and exciting event.



The visit was a great success and the children loved the experience. The children loved the fact that they had a question answered by an astronaut.


Thank you very much for organising the event.


Best wishes




Absolutely Fab!

Our pupils were totally engaged by the experience and I am impressed by the number of them that realise how fortunate they were to get tickets free of charge for a once in a lifetime opportunity.





Just to say thanks for the trip!  The pupils really enjoyed Mr Duke's talk and were enthused!  We're going to put it in our local press and put up a display in our 'Corridor of Success'!  Many thanks for including us - and if you have anything else in the future - don't hesitate!


Thanks again,




Just a quick thank you for the talk by Al Worden. I felt really honoured to meet him and he was so interesting. If it wasn't for the hard work of people like yourself these things would never happen, so thank you. The kids were really excited by it and I was proud of their behaviour. These things all add up to a happy and rounded school life.


St Margaret's High School 


Thank you for inviting us to listen to the talk from Al Worden.  Both myself and the pupils found it very interesting and extremely worth while.  The pupils particularly expressed their enjoyment of it and it really increased their knowledge and their enthusiasm towards our current Space topic.  They were totally engrossed the whole way through and they raved about it when they got back to school.  I also learnt a few things that I found very interesting and it was a great opportunity for myself and the pupils.

Thank you 


Plains Primary School


Loved it.

Packed full of information, liked hearing about inside the command module

I loved the story about the tomato soup


Victoria Primary School


An excellent afternoon session.  Once in a life time opportunity to hear from a real astronaut.

Such an experience is invaluable to the new curriculum as it has sparked so much interest in the pupils to research space and planet earth.  I hope it will be available next year.

Thank you and best wishes



Dunrobin P7 teacher



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In May 2011 Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot, one of only 18 men alive who made the journey from the Earth to the Moon, astronaut Colonel Al Worden spoke to 700 Scottish school children. Walk with Destiny are only able to provide the experience free of charge to all of the children and the schools thanks to the generosity of the following:I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you.

On Friday 20 May, pupils from our Science Club travelled to Airdrie to hear a talk by astronaut Al Worden, the 18th man to fly to the moon. He gave an illustrated talk that was full of fascinating and amusing stories from his experiences during astronaut training and his mission to the moon. Al holds the record for the most isolated human being, during the time he remained on the command module when the other crew members landed on the moon. Al also talked about future space missions, for example to Mars, and highlighted that the pilots for these missions would be of school age just now !  After the talk, Al answered many questions from pupils. All of the pupils who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thanks go to Airdrie Astronomical Association for organising this event.

Arthur Bannister, Manager Of Airdrie Academy after school science club



Funding from UK Steel Enterprise has enabled a local astronomy group bring Apollo 15 astronaut, Colonel Al Worden to North Lanarkshire. UKSE donated a much-needed £500 to Airdrie Astronomical Association to help the group arrange ‘An audience with Al Worden’.

Around 700 local school children were invited to New Wellwynd Parish Church in Airdrie to attend a talk by the 18th man to fly to the moon. The youngsters heard about Col Worden’s space adventures with the aim of inspiring the children to work hard, particularly in the fields of science and mathematics.

The Airdrie Astronomical Association first took off in 2009 and currently has 30 members aged between eight and 80 who meet on a regular basis at Airdrie Public Observatory.

The club is run on an entirely voluntary basis and organises educational visits and public observing sessions, providing local people with the chance to learn about astronomy.

Anne Clyde, area manager for UKSE, said: “The Airdrie Astronomical Association plays an important role in the North Lanarkshire community, offering members a chance to find out more about star-gazing.

“Very few people have ever seen the Earth from above and it was quite a coup to be able to bring one of them to North Lanarkshire.

“The event was a huge success and we are confident that providing the group with the opportunity to meet well-known astronauts such as Al Worden will benefit the school children immensely.”