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KELLY GREENE

SciTech Institute

Chief Science Officers: A Strategy for Student Awareness and Industry Engagement

NSF Awards: 1615209

2021 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Chief Science Officers adapt to the virtual setting and host trainings online.

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Discussion from the 2021 STEM For All Video Showcase (24 posts)
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    Jeremy Babendure

    Executive Director
    May 10, 2021 | 06:00 p.m.

    Thank you for joining us for the STEM FOR ALL Showcase! We are excited to share the growth of the Chief Science Officer Program as it nears the end of the ITEST proposal. Please post questions regarding our project video and we will be sure to connect with you.  

    Chief Science Officers are 6-12th graders who serve as STEM ambassadors on their campus and in their community. Each CSO is required to complete the Action Plan process, regardless of the success of their implementation. With the support of advisors and Cabinet Coordinators, CSOs were able to incorporate digital resources this year in spite of the pandemic. They are proud of their accomplishments and we champion their goals to #MakeItHappen. 

    If you are interested in learning more, please connect with us! Visit ChiefScienceOfficers.org and SciTechInstitute.org for additional details.

    Thank you for watching our presentation.

     

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    Researcher
    May 17, 2021 | 03:44 p.m.

    Jeremy, the concept of Chief Science Officers in quite fascinating, and I believe that we could contextualize it in the Kenyan context. I attended a STEM Community of Practice Meeting in 2020 in San Antonio, TX, but thereafter the COVID-19 pandemic hit hard and disrupted most programmes in education. I'll surely visit the links provided and would be keen to explore strategies in which the CSO ideas could find traction in our context.

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    Kelly Greene

    Lead Presenter
    Chief Operations Officer
    May 10, 2021 | 06:12 p.m.

    Congratulations to our Chief Science Officers, Advisors and Cabinets! What a year - from hosting online trainings, digital meetings and Action Plans over Zoom - the did #MakeItHappen and are excited about their personal growth from the experience.


    Please ask any questions and share comments here!

    Thanks,
    Kelly Greene

     

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    Mike Vargas

    Facilitator
    Physics Teacher
    May 11, 2021 | 04:28 p.m.

    Kelly and Jeremy,

    This is such an impressive program. Having students involved the way you do builds confidence and self esteem on multiple levels. I was wondering if you could talk to us about where you see the program growing from here. 

    Mike 

     
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    Kelly Greene

    Lead Presenter
    Chief Operations Officer
    May 11, 2021 | 04:44 p.m.

    Thanks for your comment, Mike!

    We are excited about the growth of the program and the pandemic allowed the CSOs to innovate ways to collaborate digitally. It actually increased their awareness of students in other states and countries interested in STEM. CSOs were able to host trainings via Zoom, Meets, Teams, WebEx and more. They have become proficient chat box communicators and breakout room moderators!

    Through a collaboration with the STEM Ecosystem network, we hope to continue to grow the program in additional states and countries. Recently, we submitted a DoD grant to broaden engagement with military affiliated students as well. As a retired Army SFC, I hope to connect students who are required to transition frequently due to a parent PCS with a network of like minded individuals across the nation... and beyond! Over the 3 years I have been affiliated with the CSO Program, one note of feedback from the participants is the joy of being connected to a network of youth interested in STEM and having adults actually listen to their suggestions for the future.

    We plan to pilot levels 4-6 of the leadership training and grow the CSO Alumni Association this upcoming year to continue the growth you mentioned in confidence. The students who participate in CSO have shared their individual growth regarding self esteem and awareness of interest on a regular basis. They are comfortable discussing events, issues and community topics with elected officials, CEOs and industry leaders, administrators and their peers, which is often the toughest group to tackle as a middle and high school student.

    We are looking forward to additional data integration projects as a team to provide more specific support to the CSOs as they progress in their Action Plan process during the year. CSO Lauren is the one CSO who started as a 6th grader and will now be heading into the 7th year as a Senior! Let me know if you would like to meet her... she is IMPRESSIVE.

    Thanks again, 

    Kelly

    Kelly

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    Thomas Smith

    Facilitator
    Professor
    May 11, 2021 | 04:57 p.m.

    I really like the leadership and networking opportunities that the CSO program provides! How are students recruited to become CSOs? How are you measuring the impact of the program?

     

     
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    Kelly Greene

    Lead Presenter
    Chief Operations Officer
    May 11, 2021 | 06:58 p.m.

    Thanks for the question, Thomas!

    The recruitment strategy varies from state or cabinet, but in the CSO ITEST project funded by NSF the goal was to identify 6-12th graders who are interested in STEM, innovation and leadership. In Arizona, we connect with schools identified as Title 1 and 21st Century Learning locations. We have also connected with off campus sites to find students who would like to focus on community impact projects either with their church, scout troops, civic leadership councils and many homeschool students.

    We have a variety of KPIs to measure the impact of the program on the CSO as individuals, the impact of their Action Plan projects and STEM awareness on their campus/community. Prior to starting the Leadership Training Institute, CSOs complete a self evaluation regarding their skills in leadership and project management. During the course of the year they meet with CSOs from other schools to assess their progress during Cabinet Meetings. At the end of the year, they complete another evaluation to measure their personal growth. 

    The program staff also evaluates project management and completion rates, assesses CSO and site participation during site visits or touch base calls, gathers feedback from STEM professional interactions with CSOs and event participation feedback surveys.

    As CSOs progress through the six levels of leadership training, the Action Plan projects grow in depth and impact on a community. CSOs participate in advisory councils and working groups with a variety of stakeholders to advocate for student voice. The response from adults tends to always be "I am impressed." We would like the program to take it up a notch and have adults say, "Have you considered asking a CSO to join this conversation?" and invite more students to the table/meetings about STEM education and the future workforce!

     

     
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    Rebecca Vieyra

    Facilitator
    Doctoral Student
    May 12, 2021 | 08:56 a.m.

    Kelly,

    I'd love to know more about the "six levels of leadership" training and the Leadership Training Institute. (If I was a hypothetical student CSO, what would my development look like?). I'm curious to know how the training (and its "curriculum") was developed, because this feels like something that could be really replicable. Does the training focus on more general leadership skills, and/or does it include STEM-specific elements like digging into the data, understanding gender/racial gaps in STEM fields, science communication? 

     
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    Kelly Greene

    Lead Presenter
    Chief Operations Officer
    May 15, 2021 | 06:40 p.m.

    Thank you for your question, Rebecca! 

    In the six levels, the progression of development is focused on the 4 specific goals of the program as each CSO develops skills to support their role as an advocate.

    - Leadership Training (communication and interpersonal skills)

    - Project Management (Action Plan process and data analysis)

    - Community Role (attend, participate, lead and create opportunities for STEM events)

    - Engagement (meetings, panels, keynotes, group discussions)

    We have been able to replicate from the initial program in Arizona to 8 additional states in the US. At level 1, we focus on becoming a leader and project management skill development. However, some CSOs are ready to advance to Level 2 based on other experiences in school. We go deeper into their personality traits and understanding how an Action Plan can make an impact by gathering feedback. CSOs that are ready for a deep dive on data collection and analysis work in smaller focus groups. In Level 3 and beyond, we focus on more intense training on having a Growth Mindset and community impact projects.

    Currently, we have a focus group on DEI formed by CSOs and named Equity for Everyone Committee. They meet monthly and our previous AmeriCorp VISTA, Kaci Fankhauser leads them in discussion around understanding the gaps. They have designed and pilot tested their own DEI training for other CSOs in the network.

    Let me know if you have additional questions!

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    Mike Vargas

    Facilitator
    Physics Teacher
    May 12, 2021 | 11:13 p.m.

    If you guys receive a DOD grant where will the first districts be that you will focus on?  What I like about this program is that the focus is on students taking the initiative to be active in STEM in their schools. I think this is a unique program that has a ton of possibilities. Where would your dream be to see this program go next? 

     
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    Kelly Greene

    Lead Presenter
    Chief Operations Officer
    May 15, 2021 | 06:46 p.m.

    Thanks Mike!

    In Arizona, we will focus on the active duty military installations and their surrounding school districts, including Luke AFB, Davis-Monthan AFB, Marine Corps Air Station - Yuma, Yuma Proving Grounds, and Ft. Huachuca. We will also work closely with school districts near Papago AZ ARNG, Camp Navajo and Barry Goldwater Range.

    If the DoD grant is funded, we will also connect with Wright-Patterson AFB, Joint Base McChord and more!

    As a retired NCO, my dream is to have the CSO Program in all 50 states and US territories. To pick one, let's go with North Carolina! My sisters and I were all stationed at Ft. Bragg at one point.

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    Fritz Smith

    Researcher
    May 13, 2021 | 02:36 p.m.

    What stands out to me from this presentation is the quote "if we're really going to create opportunities for the future, we need the future to happen now." Unless things happen now, in the present, then they will never happen. Because we can never act in the future we can only ever act in the presentAllowing young people to be leaders among their peers and to participate in conversations prepares them to continue being leaders all throughout life.  

     
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    Kelly Greene

    Lead Presenter
    Chief Operations Officer
    May 15, 2021 | 06:47 p.m.

    Thanks Fritz! The Chief Science Officers are truly leading the discussions and it is important that we continue to promote their participation in STEM events to allow them to identify as the leaders of today... and tomorrow.

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    Claire Conway

    Informal Educator
    May 13, 2021 | 07:08 p.m.

    I think one of the most impressive things about this program is that it instills in the students the belief that their voice is not just welcome, but is really crucial to the future of STEM. The CSOs leave this program with the skills, mindset, and confidence needed to lead their peers, as well as folks far their senior, to make real change in the world. 

     
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    Kelly Greene

    Lead Presenter
    Chief Operations Officer
    May 15, 2021 | 06:48 p.m.

    Thank you for your comment, Claire! We agree 100%.

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    Jake Lounsbury

    May 14, 2021 | 12:03 p.m.

    This is a program about growth and leadership. Watching these students both inspire their peers and join the larger conversation and become active members of their communities and beyond is a truly awe-inspiring thing. They have the ability to reach their peers on a level adults cannot. They understand the importance of their voice and the right way to bring it to the table. Always amazed at these students and all they do.

     
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    Kelly Greene

    Lead Presenter
    Chief Operations Officer
    May 15, 2021 | 06:48 p.m.

    Thanks for all you do to support the Chief Science Officers, Jake! 

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    Jake Lounsbury

    May 14, 2021 | 12:03 p.m.

    This is a program about growth and leadership. Watching these students both inspire their peers and join the larger conversation and become active members of their communities and beyond is a truly awe-inspiring thing. They have the ability to reach their peers on a level adults cannot. They understand the importance of their voice and the right way to bring it to the table. Always amazed at these students and all they do.

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    Sahiba Kaur

    K-12 Student
    May 15, 2021 | 11:31 a.m.

    I'm a part of this program, and it's really helped me grow in ways I would not have imagined before joining! There is so much to STEM and leadership and I really enjoy the encouragement this program gives me to make a difference.

     
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    Kelly Greene

    Lead Presenter
    Chief Operations Officer
    May 15, 2021 | 06:49 p.m.

    CSO Sahiba - you are AMAZING and as an 8th grader, we are so excited to have you for the next 4 years! Thank you for being a mentor to your fellow CSOs as you have now served on your Cabinet, Region and the International Leadership Council. YOU are making a difference.

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    Anne Stevenson

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 17, 2021 | 04:28 p.m.

    I just found your video so need time to read all you've written but LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!  Our work in 4-H has many of the same goals of engaging young people of this age group as change agents! I can't wait to read more on your site and hope to connect further; there are many areas of overlap that could be places of support for our project, and maybe ours for yours. Thanks and I'll circle back!

     
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    Kelly Greene

    Lead Presenter
    Chief Operations Officer
    May 18, 2021 | 06:33 p.m.

    Thanks Anne! I was a 4-H'er back in Western New York. We should definitely collaborate!

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    Anne Stevenson

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 18, 2021 | 12:38 p.m.

    Wow! Thanks for your video and posts! I can't wait to dig into your website more, now that I know about CSO's!  We in 4-H STEM are also working to equip young people to be change agents around issues of importance, and for the project in our video, specifically related to the issues of plastics use/prevalence. After looking at your website, I will circle back with you! Thanks for being inspiring!

     
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    Kelly Greene

    Lead Presenter
    Chief Operations Officer
    May 18, 2021 | 06:37 p.m.

    Your team would probably love the lesson plans from the movie "Inventing Tomorrow" and our Zoom in on Science with the movie producer of "The Story of Plastic"! I can imagine they would be excited to meet the marine biologist who helped the sea turtle get the straw out of it's nose - Dr. Figgener!

    Lesson Plans: https://www.inventingtomorrowmovie.com/remote-l...

    Zoom in on Science with Deia: https://youtu.be/hQz0-n8d9WU

    And Capture STEM Panel: https://youtu.be/t6EKQ3K5LEQ

    Let's connect and brainstorm! Kgreene@SciTechInstitute.org

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