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CSOs are students in grades 6-12 elected by their peers to be liaisons for STEM in their schools and communities. They learn leadership skills to implement on-campus projects and advocate for student voice in STEM.
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To register: Have each campus administrator and/or advisor (teacher sponsor) complete the site intent form. Note: No invoices will be sent to your school. Membership is free this year!
Once your school is set, your Chief Science Officer student will need to complete their own CSO student registration form by August 31 (for returning sites) and in early September for new sites.
We hope to kick off our in-person, annual leadership training institute on September 25 from 9 am – 3 pm. That gives you the full month of August to prepare and get all things in order and then the month of September to prepare your CSOs in time for our kick-off, training event!
If you have any questions, contact Dr. Stephanie Garcia, IDRA Texas CSO Director.
We have adapted the Texas CSO program for virtual implementation this year! Our CSOs will create action plans to enrich a STEM culture in their schools and communities but will adjust them for virtual settings. We already have CSOs creating opportunities to mentor younger students in STEM, and some signed up to participate and serve as representatives in civic projects and committees in their cities. Our Leadership Training Institute is taking place virtually through a series of webinar sessions rather than a two-day in-person event.
Hear CSOs describe how they adjusted after school closures this spring: Chief Science Officer Students Determined to Promote STEM Despite School Closures
Stay tuned, because our CSOs will continue to make an impact, no matter the distance!