About Georgia Chief Science Officers
Georgia Chief Science Officers (CSO) is a STEM leadership development program for middle and high school students across the state, enhancing students’ leadership, communication, and project management skills. Students are elected to become their school’s CSOs and 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 800 other CSOs in Arizona, Oregon, Michigan, New York, Delaware, Florida, Mexico, Kuwait, Kenya, and Colombia.
In its inaugural year, the 2018-2019 Georgia CSO program engaged 22 students from three school districts: Atlanta, DeKalb, and Fulton. In 2019-2020, we expanded to add schools from Clayton, Cobb, and Paulding counties, for a total of 46 students. Check out our recent News Release (August 13, 2019): Science ATL welcomes a new class of Chief Science Officers.
Georgia Chief Science Officers is a program of Science ATL, engineers of Atlanta Science Festival, and sponsored by The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, NCR Foundation, UCB, United Way of Greater Atlanta, UPS, International Paper, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Delta Community, and Lockheed Martin.
Director and Regional Lead: Eric Knapp
Metro Atlanta Cabinet Coordinator: AJ Chestnut