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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 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


2019-2020 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)
  • Frederick Douglass High School (Atlanta)
  • Hollis Innovation Academy (Atlanta)
  • John Lewis Invictus Academy (Atlanta)

Program Sponsors


Steering Committee

  • Tim Cairl, Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • John Childs, Mental Fitness
  • Robert Gaines, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
  • Brian Garrett, PhD, SMASH Morehouse
  • Natalie King, PhD, Georgia State University
  • Caitlin Kokenes, Knarr
  • Mike Lalle, UPS
  • Charaun Little, Delta Community Credit Union
  • Leigh McCook, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Reina Short, Delta Community Credit Union
  • Tokiwa Smith, SEM Link
  • Jordan Rose, Science ATL

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

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