The CSO position can be as powerful as you make it. Successful schools include CSO leaders in staff meetings, at open house, in PTO, student government and school board meetings. Challenge your CSOs to be creative and empower them to ignite new STEM opportunities (from the student’s point of view). For 2017-2018 school year, we are happy to be able to keep the school activity fee at $400/student thanks to AZ SciTech sponsors and awarded grants. (The unsubsidized cost is $1000/student!) Payable by the school or district at the start of the school year, many use state tax credit dollars or club fees as funding sources.
Registration FORM for School/District Intent to Participate
A requirement of the program is for the CSOs to be elected by their peers. Holding a general election ensures the CSOs represent their student body, builds awareness of the position, validates the importance of STEM to the school community and ultimately empowers the elected student to succeed in their role as CSO. The desired candidate is excited about Science and Technology innovations, loves their school and wants to make it a better place. All candidates must be available to attend the CSO Institute, cabinet meetings and perform leadership roles in the community 2x/semester. Click Here for CSO Election Best Practices and FAQ
3- Parent Permission for CSO Participation, Institute Registration and Student Agreement APR-MAY
The Training Institute is one of the most important experiences for newly elected students. CSOs will form lifelong bonds with like-minded students, define their STEM passions and make plans for the upcoming year. Sessions led by knowledgeable business executives and community leaders provide CSOs interactive, hands-on learning opportunities geared to practice workplace skills in communication, leadership, strategic planning and more.
4- CSO Attends Training (ok to sign up for both!)
Summer Institute at Grand Canyon University (overnight stay in the dorms!)
Return CSOs – July 18-21 New 9th – 12th grade CSOs – July 19-21 New 6th – 8th grade CSOs – July 20th -21st
Fall Institute (September, overnight stay)
5- Schools Pay Activity Fee – due Sept.2017
6- CSO Performs Duties
7- Schools and CSOs Benefit from STEM Leadership and Culture