JOHNSON SPACE CENTER - Sulaiman Al Blooshi said he knew there was something special about his son from the time he began to walk at their home in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“He’s bright and he’s always thinking,” said Al Blooshi, who traveled with his son, Adeeb, 11, to Space Center Houston’s Summer Camp on Monday.
Adeeb and about 20 other youngsters are taking part in Space Center Houston’s summer camps, where they are learning about solar energy, structural engineering and chemistry in hands-on workshops.
“When we give him a new toy, he always opens it to see what’s inside,” the boy’s father said. “If he understands the toy, he will play with it. If he doesn’t understand it, he won’t play with it.”
Adeeb’s curiosity has attracted worldwide attention, including the support from the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, who personally funded the family’s trip to Houston.
CNN has described the youngster as one of the world’s eight most impressive young medical pioneers. Adeeb now has seven inventions under his belt that include a submersible prosthetic limb he designed for his father, who suffers from polio.
The youngster also was accompanied to Houston by his mother, Farida, and his 9-year-old sister, Dana, who is taking part in the summer camp. The students are learning about space exploration in workshops designed to inspire students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Adeeb’s inventions are designed to help people with unique challenges or medical disabilities, his father said. His other inventions include a housework robot, a medical wheelchair with advanced technology, and a cane developed for the blind.
Like most kids his age, Adeeb said he likes to “spend time with my friends, go swimming, play on PlayStation and spend time with my family.”
He also has an intense curiosity to know how things work, and to try to improve on the current designs.
“I’m impressed with him,” said LaTanya Miles, education specialist at Space Center Houston. “He’s still a kid but he’s inquisitive. He has a mind that really allows him to explore and be creative, and as an educator that’s really great to see.”
Adeeb said his key to success is to never give up – a quality he wants other kids his age to embrace.
“Never, ever, ever give up, because if you give up, you’re going to fail,” he said. “No matter how many times you fail, one of those times you will succeed. Always follow your dreams because you never know, you might be the next (Isaac) Newton or the next Nobel (Prize recipient).”
By following his dreams, Adeeb said he wants to make the world a better place to live.
“I think when I grow up I’m going to accomplish some pretty big things because I always follow my passion,” he said. “I do what I believe in, and I always try my best. I want to use science to help people and to make lives better – the small to the big things.”
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