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Area Students Join Chief Science Officers International

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Thanks to a partnership between Chief Science Officers International and ENGINE of Central PA STEM ecosystem, area students have a unique opportunity to become STEM leaders. The Chief Science Officers program provides middle- and high school- aged students the training and support needed to step into a leadership role.

The goal of the Chief Science Officers (CSO) program is to develop students who are destined to…

  • Create a global network of diverse STEM leaders.
  • Foster communication and collaboration among CSOs.
  • Enrich STEM culture and career awareness.
  • Amplify student voice in STEM conversations in the community.

Students from four Central Intermediate Unit 10 school districts (Bald Eagle Area, Keystone Central, Moshannon Valley, and West Branch Area) are currently training to become CSOs. The learning began January 19 at the first of three Leadership Training Institute (LTI) workshops facilitated by CSO International trainers. The LTI concludes with a STEM professionals panel discussion January 27.

The ENGINE of Central PA CSO cabinet also includes students from the Mifflin County School District in Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11.

CSOs are creating action plans to implement this school year. In addition to planning, CSOs learn about the critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication needed to be a leader. Area CSOs have access to fellow CSOs in Pennsylvania, the United States, and beyond. Each school has named at least one adviser to serve as a local mentor.

For more information about the CSO program, contact Mike Baker.