We are wrapping up our first year with CSOs and have enjoyed every minute of it. Some highlights include our STEM Exploration day at Oregon Tech, leading the way at our local STEMtathlon, meeting the governor and traveling to Washington D.C.
Southern Oregon has a long standing culture of invention that has resulted in a community focused on innovative products and organizations. We know that CSOs are part of the solution to building a culture of and interest in STEM among our rising leaders. We also know that many of those rising leaders will go into fields not specifically related to STEM, but because of their work as CSOs or their connection to CSOs on their campus, they will take with them the ability to problem solve and a knowledge of the value of STEM.
Please feel free to look around and contact us if you have any questions or would like to get involved.
CSO Program Coordinator
Allison Sweeney joined the CSO movement in September 2016 as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer and serves as the CSO Program Coordinator for the Southern Oregon STEAM Hub. She continued her VISTA service for a second year to help the program strengthen and to work on statewide expansion. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon and is passionate about empowering youth to reach their full potential and encouraging them to remain curious about the world we live in..
CSO Program Advisor
Summer Brandon is the Executive Director for Armadillo Technical Institute as well as the Program Advisor for the CSO Program in southern Oregon. She has held previous roles as a middle school and high school science teacher and has done nonprofit museum work. She has 16 years of experience in STEM education and is passionate about partnering with young leaders to unleash their potential and make their voices heard. She’s also a huge fan of making, tinkering, and loves experimenting with all sorts of familiar materials in unfamiliar ways.