Lauren’s Story

Meet Chief Science Officer Lauren from Vista Del Sur Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona

Hello, my name is Lauren and I am an 8th grade CSO at Vista Del Sur Elementary in the Laveen School District. This is my second year as a CSO and I continue to grow while being exposed to wonderful opportunities in the program. My purpose is to help as many people as I can, as much as I can, for as long as I can. As a Chief Science Officer, I strive to do this by  helping to  provide students opportunities through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), working to greater develop student’s positive perspectives about STEM and STEM careers as possible futures . I am a team leader for the collective action project, STEM SciTech Events – CSO Rating. You can find my letter to the community on this project in the AZ SciTech Community report. At the CSO Capitol Summit in October, my team pitched our proposal to local legislators. In November, I was invited with select CSOs to a discussion on Workforce and Economic Development with Governor Doug Ducey. With the help of my coach, Nancy Welch, Vice President, Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, I was able to share my opinions on equity and lifestyle improvements in STEM career fields.