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Directors sought for Challenger Learning Centre

Bundaberg Challenger Centre
Experienced Science Technology Engineering Maths (STEM) leaders are being urged to part in plans for the Bundaberg Challenger Centre.

Industry leaders ready to launch the Bundaberg Region into the space economy are called to nominate for appointment to the inaugural Challenger Learning Centre Bundaberg Board of Directors.

It comes as plans are revealed to create an independent entity which will establish and operate the Bundaberg-based, NASA-affiliated centre with expressions of interest now called for experienced Science Technology Engineering Maths (STEM) leaders to take part.

As part of its advocacy priority to deliver the Challenger Learning Centre Bundaberg (CLCB), Bundaberg Regional Council is seeking to establish the independent, not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

The role of the entity, envisioned to be known as Challenger Learning Centre Bundaberg, will be to:

  • Establish and operate the CLCB as a centre of excellence for advancing local STEM education
  • Create an innovative facility that fosters a passion for STEM, collaboration, and the pursuit of further education
  • Create avenues to assist the region’s educators in developing their ability to teach STEM subjects.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said while Council had, up to this point, been the main driver to deliver the project, an independent entity would be best placed to operate the centre moving forward.

“The Bundaberg Challenger Learning Centre is a key piece of infrastructure that is set to place our region on the launchpad for greater opportunities,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“Whether its local businesses sharing in the multi-billion dollar space industry or the educational advantages it would offer our local students, the sky is no longer the limit for the Bundaberg Region.

“To help us achieve a goal like this, we need passionate and experienced STEM leaders to guide this project.

“While Council will continue to play a lead role in supporting the establishment of the Challenger Learning Centre Bundaberg, this independent entity would be directly responsible for the operation of the facility.”

He said it was an excellent opportunity for people passionate in their field to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for STEM with the next generation.

“This is an incredible opportunity, not just for our region but the entire country, to develop strong ties with NASA and give our kids access to out-of-this-world learning opportunities.”

Responsibilities of the Challenger Learning Centre Bundaberg Board of Directors

Council’s vision is to see a CLCB board appointed which would comprise of directors with a wide range of skills and backgrounds.

The board will provide overall governance and strategic leadership to the organisation.

Director positions are voluntary with no remuneration being considered. 

Board members would be appointed for four years with an option to extend for two more terms of four years.

For more information and to complete an expression of interest, click here.

To discuss your application further please contact Chris Sampson on 1300 883 699 or email chris.sampson@bundaberg.qld.gov.au.

All discussions will be treated as strictly confidential.

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