CSO Blog

Elected advocates for STEM and innovation in schools and communities.
December 14, 2018 //

Chief Science Officers: Who are they, and what does the program look like?

The CSO, or ‘Chief Science Officer’ program, is a pipeline educational program designed to allow students to have a voice in their schools, from just their school up to the district level and beyond. It gives students the leadership skills, knowledge, and fun attitude about STEM necessary to make a lasting impact on the people they meet. It’s gone from a relatively small band of students based in Arizona to a worldwide organization, with around 600 CSO’s spread across the United States, Mexico, and Kuwait, with many more to come.

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December 10, 2018 //

STEM Ecosystems Convening 11-14-18 to 11-16-18

The STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative hosts bi-annual Community of Practice Convenings for all participating STEM Learning Ecosystems. The Community of Practice Convenings provides the key platform for a national and regional peer-to-peer professional learning network for communities to share information and expertise. Members of the Community of Practice help shape the agenda for the convenings… [read more]

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December 10, 2018 //

STEM Ecosystem Press Release

CONTACT: Kaci Fankhauser SciTech Institute kfankhauser@aztechcouncil.org NATIONAL EXPERTS: FORMING STEM ECOSYSTEMS IS TOP PRIORITY Arizona SciTech is a strong example of the collaborative work of the national STEM Learning Ecosystem Community of Practice [Phoenix, AZ] Acting on recommendations of top national education experts, the federal government Tuesday issued the “Charting A Course for Success: America’s… [read more]

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December 10, 2018 // ,

Arizona-Sonora Governors Agree To Support Cross-Border Education Program

The governors of Arizona and neighboring Sonora, Mexico, signed a memorandum Friday supporting a cross-border science leadership program. Sonoran Gov. Claudia Pavlovich and Arizona’s Doug Ducey signed the agreement during the culminating session of the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s annual meeting in Hermosillo. Touting close ties between the two states, Ducey said the agreement shows the two… [read more]

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December 10, 2018 //

Season for Sharing: New mentoring programs make a big impact on young people

Season for Sharing has raised millions of dollars for Arizona nonprofits over the past 25 years. Many of the organizations are well established and well known. Others are newer to the scene. Two programs you may not have heard of are giving students opportunities to succeed. Arizona’s Children Association started its Thrive mentor program four years ago. The… [read more]

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October 29, 2018 //

Johns Creek science student visits big brains in Washington

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek High School sophomore Aditya Bora recently had the opportunity to learn from the top science officers in the nation Oct. 7-12 at an international conference in Washington D.C.  Bora was one of two students chosen to represent Georgia at the International Chief Science Officer Summit.  “The event was for… [read more]

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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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