CSO Blog

Elected advocates for STEM and innovation in schools and communities.
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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August 8, 2018 //

A CSO Reflection

Going to the National Science Foundation ITEST Summit was the BEST experience any school program has given me. Not only did I grow and learn as a CSO, but as a person. When we boarded our plane at MBS, I was terrified. I didn’t know what to expect. I wondered how many people would be there, if… [read more]

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August 8, 2018 //

Chief Science Officers lead STEMonstrations at Bay City Western Middle School

Chief Science Officers at Western Middle School (Bay City Public Schools, Michigan) planned a STEM day for over 300, 6th graders on March 29th. Students rotated through STEMonstrations that were organized and taught by 8th grade Honors Science students throughout the day. Many different hands-on Science topics were highlighted. Some crowd favorites were making ice… [read more]

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August 7, 2018 //

Family Engagement: Taking it to the Next Level

“How can organizations integrate parent education into their STEM programs? With support, parents can learn to engage in positive interactions that spark and maintain their child’s interest in STEM. In this case study, Drs. Kekelis and Sammet highlight the Greene Scholars Program and Digital Youth Divas—two programs that are exemplary in their approach to empowering parents… [read more]

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August 7, 2018 //

Arizona’s school science ‘ambassadors’ seek inspiration, ideas at Biodesign

Elected by their peers to help make science in their schools come alive, about 70 middle- and high-school students recently engaged in a virtual exercise with a Nobel Laureate and visited a steel and concrete encased vault that will soon house the world’s most powerful laser at the Biodesign Institute. The students are Arizona’s Chief… [read more]

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