In our 6th year of the program, 80 CSOs and their advisors attended our annual Leadership Training Institute at Saginaw Valley State University in August 2022. Students developed their STEM action plans, shared their elevator pitches, networked and brainstormed for the upcoming year with other CSOs, and heard from CSO Alumni! Teams also participated in the STEMazing Race across campus where they met with different departments to discover the mass number of programs SVSU has to offer. CSOs also had the opportunity to interact with over 30 STEM professionals during lunch and STEM business rotation stations. Lastly, students shared their own STEM demonstrations with their peers, parents, and community members. These STEMonstrations allow CSOs to practice presenting simple STEM activities and the STEM concepts involved.
Participating School Districts:
Bangor Township Schools, Bay City Public Schools, Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District, Carrollton Public Schools, Diocese of Saginaw (Nouvel Catholic Central Middle and High Schools), Essexville-Hampton Public Schools, Frankenmuth School District, Freeland Community School District, Hemlock Public School District, Midland Public Schools, Lutheran Schools, Missouri Synod (Bethlehem Lutheran School, St. John’s Lutheran School and Valley Lutheran High School), Saginaw City School District, Saginaw Township Community Schools, and Swan Valley School District.
CSOs were hard at work on their STEM Action Plans throughout the year. Students carried on the tradition of Flight Night in Midland, planned STEM career panels for their peers, implemented elementary STEM outreach events, hosted STEM Career Fairs in their schools, created STEM Kits for underprivileged students, and more! Our GLBR CSOs also collaborated with other students and professionals around the world through International CSO Town Hall Meetings, additional leadership training opportunities, and virtual festivals.
The 2022 Fall Cabinet Meeting was a sweet treat as the CSOs traveled to Michigan Sugar in Bay City; students and advisors experienced a Field Harvest Tour to learn how beets are planted, harvested, and transported to the factory. Upon arriving at the factory, the CSOs participated in a Factory Tour to discover how beets are processed into different types of sugars and packaged for sale. Lastly, CSOs met and networked with a variety of STEM professionals from Michigan Sugar to learn about the many agricultural career opportunities in our region.
In March 2023, CSOs and advisors visited Hemlock Semiconductor for their Spring Cabinet Meeting. The group was welcomed by Sustainability Leader Steven Holty, who discussed the history of HSC and the technology used to create hyper-pure polysilicon for semiconductors, solar panels, and battery technology. The students also met with CEO A.B. Ghosh to learn about the future of HSC and the importance of pursuing STEM careers. CSOs toured the plant site and got a behind the scenes look at how the hyper-pure silicon is made. CSOs also participated in hands-on STEM activities, investigated engineering and electrical concepts, and met with a few STEM professionals.
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.
2022-23 GLBR-East Cabinet and Regional Awardees:
Outstanding CSO: Mya J (Carrollton High School), Christy C (Freeland High School), Elizabeth G (Nouvel Catholic Central High School), and Sahiba K* (H.H. Dow High School)
Outstanding CSO Team: Abbigail C, Caileigh R, and Elijah R (T.L. Handy MS)
Outstanding CSO Advisors: Mrs. Connie Kennedy (Bay City Central High School and T.L. Handy Middle School) and Mrs. Christine Brillhart (Jefferson Middle School)
Outstanding CSO School: CSOs Abigail K, Luke P, Rayna R, Advisor Connie Kennedy, and school partner Janet Nettleton (Bay City Central High School)
Outstanding Community Partner: MSU St. Andrews Center in Midland, Nexteer Automotive, and Covenant Healthcare*
Outstanding CSO Action Plan: Leilana C (Bridgeport High School), Hayden R and Gloria S (St. John’s Lutheran School), Bella R, Christy C, Catherine C, Chloe P, Braeden O* (Freeland High School), and Preston K* (Jefferson Middle School)
Legacy CSO: Ben H* (Bay City Western High School)
Outstanding CSO Alumni: Emily Jaremba*
* denotes Regional Awardee
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