Imagine being a 6th through 12th grade student with the respect of your peers, a connection to your school administration, confidence, enthusiasm, and passion for making a difference for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in your school. Impossible? No. This is a Chief Science Officer.
WNY STEM Hub, with support from Siemens, is proud to bring the International Chief Science Officer program to schools and students in Western New York.
Chief Science Officers (CSOs) are elected by their peers to be a liaison for STEM in their schools and in the community. This unique program promotes student leadership, empowerment and innovation skills under the direction of a school advisor and community mentors.
How It Works
As many as two students are elected in each participating middle school and high school every spring. These students attend a summer Leadership Training Institute where they prepare to build student communication platforms, engage peers and design at least one service learning project using STEM skills to benefit their school or community.
During the school year, CSOs have regular Cabinet Meetings to continue their development and to create opportunities for STEM engagement within their school. Mentors from STEM-related professions guide the CSOs in their learning and provide valuable insight and direction.
How CSOs Make a Difference
In School: CSOs share the student voice to implement and advance STEM plans.
In the Community: CSOs are school liaisons to STEM-based organizations to connect and communicate.
And Beyond!: Regional, state, and global Cabinet Meetings empower students to learn more and connect.
WNY STEM facilitates collaboration to advance the interdisciplinary teaching and learning of STEM/STEAM for sustained economic and intellectual vitality.
For more information please contact Ms. Simone Ragland at firstname.lastname@example.org.