Students and Parents

If you are a student interested to become a CSO, we highly encourage you to get involved. The first step is to check if your school is already supporting a CSO position. See the current CSO cabinet [link to cabinet] to determine if your school is involved.

If your school is involved – You will need to run in the next election cycle. Schools most often will hold their elections in spring. In addition, CSOs are encouraged to build a cabinet at their school to engage any of their peers in CSO related opportunities. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to know who your school’s point of contact is.

If your school is not involved – The first step will be for your school to create a CSO position(s) on campus and meet the basic requirements outlined below under “schools”. Often the principal or an enthusiastic educator can help make this happen. Please feel free to contact us to discuss in more detail. Once the CSO position is created, you would need to be elected in the next election cycle and/or participate in your schools local CSO cabinet.



Schools have a critical to grow the network of Chief Science Officers. Already in our inaugural year, 70 schools have created a CSO position to help kick-start their school’s STEM culture, enhance their external community partnerships, draw positive press around STEM and/or empower their students to engage in a state-level conversation about STEM and education. Basic requirements to join are outlined below. If your school is interested to join, please feel free to contact us.

  1. Chief Science Officer student(s) will be selected through a general election. [we will want to have another page set up for tips to run an election]
  2. Each elected CSO agrees to meet the minimum program requirements [link to the part above where it says “by the end of the season each CSO will have”]
  3. The school agrees to support the membership fee of $400 for the first student and an additional $300 per additional student. Funds will contribute towards the summer institute, cabinet meeting/excursions and on-site assistance from AZ SciTech team. Schools are encouraged to identify community partners or leverage tax credit incentives to support this cost.
  4. Participate in evaluation of program outcomes.
  5. Sign off by school principal, ASB sponsor and or site/district point of contact.


Community members

A vital component of the CSO concept is for students to meaningfully interface with their community. As a result, we are asking local community and business leaders to directly interface with the CSOs in their ambassador role. Some possibilities include:

CSO Jedi Mentor

Each CSO will be teamed with a community mentor who will work with their student to identify and engage in a local opportunity such as a city council, chamber of commerce, school board meeting; and help identify an opportunity to bridge with their school such as a guest speaker, star party or STEM workshop. Meet some of our SciTech Jedi here.

Summer institute

Lead and/or support a summer institute workshop. Areas needed include PR/Communications, Leadership and 21st century skills; STEM & education policy; and a hands on STEM activity.

Cabinet meetings

Host a regional cabinet meeting at your site. Provide a unique visit and experience for visiting CSOs. Similar to the summer institute, lead and/or support a workshop.

To explore further please submit a community mentor application here or contact us directly.