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Chief Science Officer

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.

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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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...

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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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