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2018 - 2019 CSO Overview

Leadership Training Institute

In the second year of the Chief Science Officers Program, 62 CSOs from 23 schools and 13 districts attended the CSO Leadership Institute at Saginaw Valley State University on August 14 and 15, 2018. During LTI, CSOs worked with their teams to brainstorm ideas for their Action Plans to spread STEM awareness in their school and community. CSOs also networked with local STEM Professionals.

Participating School Districts:

Bangor Township School District, Bay City Public Schools, Bridgeport-Spaulding Community Schools, Carrollton Public Schools, Frankenmuth School District, Freeland Community Schools, Great Lakes Bay Early College, Midland Public Schools, Missouri Synod (St. John’s Lutheran School and Valley Lutheran High School), Saginaw City School District, Saginaw Township Community Schools, Swan Valley School District.

International CSO Summit

CSOs from the Great Lakes Bay Region, along with delegations from Arizona, Oregon, Georgia, Florida, New York, Mexico, and Kuwait, also traveled to Washington, D.C. in October 2018 for the CSO International Summit. These student leaders worked as an international cabinet to determine innovative solutions for STEM issues in their regions and connected with national leadership to make an impact on STEM nationwide.

Action Plans

CSOs continued their hard work with their STEM Action Plans, including the creation of botany barrels for their schools, community and in-school Teen Science Cafes events, Girl Scout STEM Day, and a STEMmies night for elementary students. CSOs also volunteered to assemble Math in the Mail kits with the Saginaw ISD, led activities at the Dow Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival, and presented at the GLBR Alliance Board of Directors Meeting.

Cabinet Meetings

Chief Science Officers and advisors from throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region came together for their first Cabinet Meeting of the year at the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). CSOs enjoyed speaking with a variety of STEM professionals, including civil engineers, bridge inspectors, soil scientists, road design group, and surveyors. CSOs also had the opportunity to tour the INSIDE of the Zilwaukee Bridge – a true STEMazing experience!


CSOs and advisors came back together a few months later to travel to Covenant Healthcare for their Winter Cabinet Meeting. CSOs had the pleasure of meeting a variety of healthcare professionals including radiologists, nurses, pharmacists, and surgical team. CSOs also had toured portions of the hospital, heard from President/CEO Ed Bruff, and experienced the Simulation Lab.


CSOs and advisors from throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region met for their last cabinet meeting of the academic year at Hemlock Semiconductor. CSOs enjoyed a “behind the fence” plant tour, as well as activities and demonstrations such as programmable logic controllers, safety equipment, pressure/flow, problem solving, and liquid nitrogen demonstrations. Students also discovered the wide variety of STEM careers available at the company and practiced their networking skills with HSC employees.


At the yearly CSO Celebration, all CSOs are recognized for their accomplishments in their schools and communities. Special recognition is given to the students, advisors, and community partners who went above and beyond to spread STEM awareness and ensure the success of the CSO program in the Great Lakes Bay Region.


2018-19 GLBR Cabinet Awardees:

Innovative CSO: Antaya C and Mackenzie J (John Glenn High School)

Innovative CSO Team: Ben H, John K, Kathryn K, Mckenzie R, Mrs. Richards, and Mrs. Kennedy (Bay City Western Middle and High School)

Outstanding CSO Advisor: Ms. Angela Miller (John Glenn High School)

Outstanding CSO Industry Mentor: Nexteer

Master CSOs: Jaden D (Bay City Western High School), Anthony O, Mackenzie J (John Glenn High School)

Master CSO Team: Ty J, Amya S, Emily J, Hudson H, and advisor Mr. Craig Coopersmith (Carrollton High School)

Master CSO Advisor: Mr. Aaron Jurek (John Glenn High School)

Legacy CSO: Mackenzie J (John Glenn High School)


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