“Having two engineers as parents, robotics was a big part of my life growing up, and morphed into sharing, connecting, and communicating my passion for STEM to everyone around me.”
I serve as the captain of our high school Vex robotics team and I'm the co-founder of Education Empowers, a nonprofit who shares our passion for STEM in the community and extends STEM and robotics opportunities to children lacking such.
My name is Mariana and I intend to create a Teen Science Cafe at my school. It will meet bi-weekly and I will invite guest speakers and supply hands-on explorations for participating students. I am dedicated to helping my school learn more about science and technology in creative ways. My desire is to make science a fun adventure for students of all ages. Hopefully, that will encourage them to make a difference in the world
From the CSO Blog
September 13, 2018 //
My View: How Arizona is Inspiring a New Generation of Tech Leaders
Arizona is pioneering an innovative approach to encourage young minds to not only pursue a career in science and technology but lead the way in making a positive change for the world. It’s called the Chief Science Officer (CSO) program, the brainchild of Arizona SciTech, created and designed here in the Grand Canyon State. It… [read more]
September 12, 2018 //
CGUHS student among youngest presenters at this year’s SciTech conference
CASA GRANDE — Merlin D’Souza has always liked science. And at age 15, the Casa Grande Union High School sophomore will be among the youngest presenters at the eighth annual Arizona SciTech Festival conference Oct. 3 in Mesa. During the conference, she’ll talk about the ever-growing STEM field and the new careers it has created…. [read more]
August 30, 2018 //
EpiFinder Meets Future Scientists and Technologists
On July 19, 2018, members of EpiFinder’s business team, Jessica Acosta, Smita Gopalakrishnan, Jing He, and Joe Son, attended the CSO Expo Event at Arizona State University, where 70 middle and high school students gathered to explore their interest in STEM and network with professionals. These students are Chief Science Officers, or CSOs, who strive… [read more]
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