North, East, West and Central Valley, Mesa, Tucson, Pinal County, Cochise County and Verde Valley!
We continue to grow the Chief Science Officer Program in collaboration with CSO International. The support from our sponsors and community partners has helped over 300 CSOs in our communities across the state.
The mentor program continues to thrive and we are working on special projects, including STEM camps with our rural and border town regions, the refugee communities and native American populations! Science is a language and we are excited to share opportunities to learn with everyone.
Kaci Fankhauser has served two AmeriCorps VISTA service terms with the Chief Science Officer Initiative, and now serves as the STEM Ecosystem Coordinator. She comes from a diverse educational background; she attended a Montessori school through 8th grade, completed the International Baccalaureate program in high school, and attended Arizona State University through Barrett, The Honors College to earn her degree in biology and anthropology. Early on in her ASU experience she stumbled into the realm of scientific research, and graduated with a poignant passion for interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Almost all of her professional experience is in animal science – she is unanimously recognized among friends and acquaintances for a love of all things furry, feathered, creepy and crawly – but her diverse educational experiences and passion for science outreach and hands-on learning has led her to focus her attention on more integrative and inclusive STEM education.