Before my first day of leadership training I was excited, nervous and didn’t know what to expect, but by the time I got there and saw all the smiles I knew it was going to be a great day. My favorite session that day was the STEMazing race which made you think as a group and solve challenges of all sorts. Leadership training day one ended with work time which resulted in meeting the other CSOs from my high school and having a great science talk about our action plan.

When my second day of leadership training was starting I knew what to expect but I was still excited. I couldn’t wait to meet more CSOs that I hadn’t gotten to meet on day one and get to talk to more of the awesome advisers. My favorite session on day two was the STEM professional panel because I got to meet people from jobs around the area. We ended the day with our STEMonstration and had parents and professionals watch us present our projects.

Being a CSO in my opinion is having an impact with STEM in your community, whether it is a small or big impact just make your mark using STEM in your community. The reason I wanted to become a chief science officer is that I wanted to keep following my passion of science and spread the word about STEM and how many careers there are in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

– CSO Jakob

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