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Welcome to the Georgia Chief Science Officers initiative, developing a cadre of diverse STEM student leaders in middle and high schools across the state. The program serves 46 students from six metro Atlanta school districts, with plans to expand to 100 students across the state in three years. Georgia Chief Science Officers is a program of Science ATL, engineers of Atlanta Science Festival.

About Georgia Chief Science Officers

Georgia Chief Science Officers (CSO) is a STEM leadership development program for middle and high school students, enhancing students’ leadership, communication, and project management skills. Students are empowered to lead STEM/STEAM initiatives at their schools and in their communities. CSOs meet with legislators, school board members, and policymakers to lend their voices to conversations about STEM education and workforce development in our state. CSOs build relationships with STEM industry mentors and connect with companies and careers in their region.

The program is part of the International CSO consortium, led by the Arizona Technology Council Foundation. Georgia CSOs are joining more than 1000 other CSOs in Arizona, Oregon, Michigan, New York, Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Mexico, Kuwait, and Kenya.

In 2020-2021, the program includes 46 students from 25 schools in Atlanta, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Paulding counties. Check out our recent News Releases: Science ATL welcomes a new class of Chief Science Officers (August 13, 2019), CSOs on the Go (November 3, 2020).

Georgia Chief Science Officers is a program of Science ATL, engineers of Atlanta Science Festival, and was launched in 2018 with funding from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Current sponsors include UPS, International Paper, Lockheed Martin, Cox Enterprises, Delta Community, and Norfolk Southern.

Contact AJ Chestnut Raines, Metro Atlanta Cabinet Coordinator.

Now Recruiting Leadership Coaches!

We are looking for STEM professionals from industry and academia to serve as Leadership Coaches to middle and high school students in the Chief Science Officers program. Share your career journey and leadership experiences with middle/high school student leaders in monthly evening Zoom calls. Two coaches will meet virtually with 6-8 students once per month. Apply here or contact AJ Chestnut Raines to learn more.

2020-2021 Participating Schools

  • Amana Academy (Fulton)
  • Babb Middle School (Clayton)
  • Banneker High School (Fulton)
  • Booker T. Washington High School (Atlanta)
  • Brown Middle School (Atlanta)
  • Clarkston High School (Dekalb)
  • Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (Atlanta)
  • Crawford Long Middle School (Atlanta)
  • Forest Park High School (Clayton)
  • Johns Creek High School (Fulton)
  • KIPP WAYS (Atlanta)
  • Lovejoy High School (Clayton)
  • ME Stilwell School of Arts (Clayton)

Program Sponsors

Lockheed Martin
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Founded by: Emory University Georgia Institute of Technology Metro Atlanta Chamber

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