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The Chief Science Officers (CSOs) program is the first of its kind where a 6th to 12th grade student is ELECTED to be their school community's liaision for STEM and innovation. The CSO becomes part of a cadre of student leaders who experience special leadership training, impact STEM opportunities at their school and local community, and work as a collective cabinet to give input and ideas  to adult STEM leaders  in the state or region. The CSO program aims to elevate the popularity of STEM and empowers students to bring opportunities to campus and ensure they (the students) are a respected voice for STEM wthin their communities. Moreover, CSOs are linked with "SciTech Jedi," community and industry mentors, that bring expertise, perspective, support and guidance. 

To prepare  students for this role, CSOs are first brought together in a Leadership Institute that includes a mis of personal growth and team building  opportunities such as networking, blogging, leadership, public communication, strategic planning, star parties, and "maker" activities. The energy ignited at the institute continues throughout the academic year in three ways:

    1. On campus, CSOs serve the voice for their school, supporting existing STEM programs or identifying new opportunities such as speakers, field trips and science nights, and ensuring such opportunities reflect the interest of their peers;
    2. Off-campus, CSOs advocate at places such as city council and school board meetings, conferences and local businesses. Through these experiences, CSOs observe business norms and put into action skills learned at the summer institute;
    3. As regional cabinets, CSOs address large-scale collective action opportunities. The sheer number of students represented by the CSOs helps to enage high level community, business and government leaders.

CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER SUMMER INSTITUTE
July 18-21, 2017

The CSO Summer Institute will be at Grand Canyon University Campus again this year! Based on the feedback from last year’s class, new sessions designed to develop STEM leadership in 2nd or 3rd year CSOs will be offered.

CSO Summer Institute Schedule

Click here to see pictures from last year!

STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS MAKE ARIZONA SCITECH SOMETHING MUCH BIGGER
March 31, 2017

When the Arizona SciTech Festival debuted in 2012, it was declared a success as more than 222,000 guests attended more than 200 events. Fast forward to the February launch of this celebration of science’s sixth season: More than 800 organizations planned to stage nearly 1,500 events for an audience total exceeding 400,000.

“It’s just a really great testament to the phenomenal engagement that the community has for interest in STEM, and really attending these sorts of opportunities,” says Jeremy Babendure, Arizona SciTech’s executive director.

This level of support alone would be enough to give Arizona bragging rights. But wait, there’s so much more! (Continue Reading...)

CSO WINTER NEWSLETTER
December 9, 2016

Check out the latest Chief Science Officer program events and happenings by reading the CSO Winter Newsletter.

HONEYWELL HOSTS CSO CABINET MEETING TO ADVANCE MATH AND SCIENCE EDUCATION IN ARIZONA
February 28, 2017

Honeywell International recently held a technology day and statewide cabinet meeting for the Arizona Chief Science Officer Program (CSO) at the company’s Deer Valley, Ariz. facility. 

The CSO program brings together peer-elected students in grades six through 12 to be ambassadors for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to promotes careers in technology and gives students opportunities to participate in projects that benefit their communities and schools. 

The event, now in its second year, was sponsored by Honeywell Hometown Solutions with the collaboration of the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Arizona Technology Council Foundation. (Read More...)

RECAP: 1st  ANNUAL CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER SUMMIT
October 28, 2016

Governor Ducey hosted the 1st Annual Chief Science Officer Capitol Summit at the Arizona State Capitol on Friday, October 28, 2016. During the event, 200 Chief Science Officers (CSOs) representing 120 schools across the state, learned to advocate on policy ideas by working with legislative experts and industry representatives. After further collaboration with their peers, the CSOs pitched their ideas to Governor Ducey during the last portion of the summit.

Please click here to download a copy of the CSO Capitol Summit Briefing.

CSO Capital Summit
CSO Capitol Summit

CSO Capitol Summit

CSO Capitol Summit

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NEW #EDBLOG: ARIZONA IS NATIONAL MODEL FOR EMPOWERING STUDENTS IN STEM AND INNOVATION
October 28, 2016

Dr. Jeremy Babendure, Executive Director of Arizona SciTech, discusses how Arizona's one-of-a-kind Chief Science Officer Program is transforming Arizona's STEM climate. Read more...

1st ANNUAL CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER SUMMIT
October 2016

Governor Doug Ducey will host the 1st Annual Chief Science Officer Capitol Summit this Friday. During the summit, 200 Chief Science Officers (CSOs) representing 120 schools from across Arizona will learn to advocate on policy issues such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and healthcare, collaborate with experts in the legislative process, convene as a collective cabinet, and finally pitch their ideas to Governor Ducey.

CSO Summit

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CSO SUMMER INSTITUTE
July 18-20, 2016

The 2016 CSO Summer Institute will be held July 18 - 20th at Grand Canyon University in the STEM Building. During the institute, Chief Science Officers (CSOs) from across the state will focus on numerous goals and attend CSO sessions. For more Information, please click here.

Goals for CSO Summer Institute:

    1. Understand roles and responsibilities
    2. Begin working as a ‘community of practice’ with their fellow CSOs
    3. Bolster their workplace employability skillset
    4. Build connections with community and business leaders
    5. Develop an action plan for the upcoming year

Institute Sessions:

    • TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES – experience STEM-focused challenges and build friendships and trust with their peers
    • STEM EXPLORATIONS & SHOWCASE – develop and execute an engaging STEM demonstration (ASU Science is Fun – homework required)
    • VISION STATEMENTS – develop a vision statement and personal “elevator pitch”
    • STEM INNOVATIONS – experience hands-on opportunities with new technologies like coding, 3D printing, robotics and more.
    • NETWORKING 101 – practice communication skills and an “elevator pitch” with fellow CSOs

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