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Elected advocates for STEM and innovation in schools and communities.
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]

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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]

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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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August 28, 2018 //

CGUHS Robotics Team Plans to Reach Out to Elementary School Students

CASA GRANDE — The Casa Grande Union High School robotics team already has a busy season underway. On Saturday, the team attended a workshop for educators at Arizona State University. Attending the workshop with the team as a guest was Desert Willow Elementary School Principal Melissa Pieper. Students from the robotics team plan to team… [read more]

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August 28, 2018 //

STEM Opportunity for 12th grade students!

The Regeneron Science Talent Search 2019 application is now open! High school seniors across the United States are invited to share their original research projects and apply to the nation’s oldest and most prestigious STEM competition, where they could win up to $250,000. The top 300 scholars receive $2,000 each, and their schools also receive… [read more]

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August 20, 2018 //

Meet AmeriCorps VISTA Kaci Fankhauser

On my second day as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) with Arizona SciTech, I accompanied my new supervisor to an organization offering youth courses in robotics, 3D modelling, game development, and virtual reality – all things which I, as a biologist, imagined as only existing in the futuristic lab-caves of Silicon Valley. The existence of… [read more]

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August 17, 2018 //

Tomorrow’s STEM leaders, here today

This week, our institution offered two distinct and exciting opportunities for the region’s K-12 students. Among those was the second annual “chief science officers” workshop sessions. This initiative trains and empowers middle and high school students both to guide their peers and initiate a wide range of STEM opportunities in their schools and communities. This year, 66… [read more]

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August 10, 2018 //

ASU partnered with the Chief Science Officer program to promote STEM education

Arizona students in grades six through 12 learned to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to foster innovation in their schools and communities at the Chief Science Officer Summer Institute, July 16 to 19. The CSO summer institute is a collaboration of efforts from the CSO program and the ASU Biodesign Institute, Environmental Health… [read more]

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August 9, 2018 //

Madelyn’s time as a Chief Science Officer!

My name is Madelyn, and I am a sophomore at Freeland High School. I applied to be a Chief Science Officer during the spring of my 9th grade year. My principal informed me that I had received the position, and I was thrilled to learn more about promoting STEM at my school. I am a CSO, because I believe in the… [read more]

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