Founder & CoRE Lead
Sharing with her students the love of the Earth, the importance of it and of resources that sustain our lives – by reading rocks, we understand how our Earth evolved and use the evidence to protect us into the future.
In #therealclassroom students tune into the Earth, their curiosity is ignited and lifelong learning begins.
Awaken the scientist in kids, move them onto deeper thinking and learning in contextually-set, authentic, relevant and meaningful environments and they will apply this knowledge and skills turning situations into solutions: Hands-on Science, Hands-on Engineering – this is real STEM Learning.
Vice-Chair & Co-Founder
Kate Driver LLM, GDLP, LLB (first class honours) (University Medal), B. Soc. Sc., ATCL, GAICD
Deputy Director and General Manager, Operations at Questacon - Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre
“I am passionate about providing the environment for young people to imagine a better future, and develop the tools, skills and confidence to achieve those dreams. Tomorrow’s workforce is in today’s classrooms, but life is not an exam and #therealclassroom is about setting our young people up well.
Our future depends on creative, confident STEM skilled young people to help us find a better way to manage the world around us helping to create strong communities through sustainable prosperity. The CoRE model focuses on the strengths of the individual, and provides a pathway to all students, where success is measured by their own skills and contribution, not a score at the end of the year.
Kate is also the Deputy Director of Questacon – Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre, overseeing the operational aspects of all Questacon’s local, national and international activities.
Kate brings experience across a number of fields including: senior leadership;, law; strategic policy; program management; policy implementation; corporate governance; change management; property; security; business continuity; and human resource management. Drawing from her skills and experience across a variety of senior roles in the public sector, and prior to that as a private practice solicitor, Kate’s reputation has been built on a foundation of delivering quality results with an emphasis on excellence in stakeholder management and leadership.
Kate is also a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University and a long standing volunteer in areas of Indigenous Youth Mentoring, Cancer Research and Australian Veterans impacted by their service.
"CoRE is the future of education where students are encouraged to think laterally, to problem solve and to push boundaries. The graduates from CoRE learn strong self-efficacy and leadership, characteristics that are invaluable in any career path. The natural resources industry has changed significantly over the years and the next round of recruits need to be prepared for an ever-changing landscape.
The CoRE program is so much more than an educational stream, it is the start of a life-long educational journey."