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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-25-2014 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Challenger Center for Space Science Education release
Challenger Center for Space Science Education Launches Friends of Challenger Center Program

Initiative uses aerospace volunteers to expand student reach and power global innovation

Challenger Center for Space Science Education (Challenger Center) today launched Friends of Challenger Center, an initiative that seeks to grow and expand the resources available for Challenger Center's education programs. By tapping into tens of thousands of space industry employees, former employees, retirees and contractors, Challenger Center is creating an advocacy group committed to nurturing the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators.

Friends of Challenger Center members donate their knowledge and financial resources to support Challenger Center's network of Challenger Learning Centers and to improve the educational opportunities available to students and teachers around the globe.

"With corporations already counting on their next-generation workforce, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education is imperative to the future of our world," said Lance Bush, president and CEO, Challenger Center. "Friends of Challenger Center recognizes that need. The support of this group will help us to better prepare today's young minds to power global innovation."

Potential Friends of Challenger Center supporters need only have a current or past association with the space community and are not limited to a geographical area. Financial membership levels range from $100 to $1,000 each year. Members also serve as volunteers whose real-world experience can be used by Challenger Center to enhance the educational experiences of students and teachers. This includes volunteering as an expert, supporting online events, providing in-kind services and counseling in the development of new resources.

New participants will receive benefits including access to newsletters, recognitions, invitations to regional and national Challenger Center events and small group discussions with Challenger Center leaders. Members who join by July 15, 2015 will be noted as charter members.

To join Friends of Challenger Center or for more information, visit challenger.org/friends.

p51
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posted 09-25-2014 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
$100 annually minimum to join.

Frankly, I don't get it when a group asks for volunteers for their efforts, then demands a fee for volunteering their time.

Then, the same group wonders why nobody wants to help...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-25-2014 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those who cannot afford or do not want to pay to participate, the Challenger Center may have other opportunities to volunteer, if not on the national level, then locally. If interested, you may want to contact your nearest Challenger Center and inquire.

That said, I believe the Challenger Center will be able to recruit Friends, regardless of the annual membership fee.

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