Buckeye Student Selected to STEM Advisory Group to Governor

Bales Elementary School student was chosen to be one of 14 Chief Science Officer STEM Advisors to Gov. Ducey.

Leonardo Perez

Leonardo Perez

Bales Elementary School 8th grader, Leonardo Perez, was selected as one of 14 Chief Science Officers from the state to be STEM Advisors to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. The students will share their opinions on STEM education, water policy, workforce and economic development and healthcare in Arizona.

“1 of 14 out of more than 300 CSOs is a big opportunity and it is just really big for me,” said Perez. “My parents are really proud of me. They’re surprised, amazed and in awe.”

Chief Science Officers (CSOs) are 6th to 12th grade students who are elected to be their school community’s liaison for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and innovation. The CSO program aims to elevate the popularity of STEM and empowers students to bring opportunities to their campus and be a respected voice for STEM within their communities.

“Being in the program has been a great experience, not just for me but other CSO’s too. We’ve been to so many places and have had so many opportunities that I can get a career in this. That is what I am hoping to do” said Perez.

When Perez has the opportunity to discuss his ideas with the governor, he raise the topic of economic and workforce. “I hope he walks away with information about transportation, because there are a lot of programs out there for training, but a lot of families struggle in getting a vehicle to get there, so it’s really hard to get there. I know he (Gov. Ducey) would really walk away with those facts and the ideas we give him.”

Perez and the other selected CSO’s are meeting with Gov. Ducey to share their ideas on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 in the Executive Office Tower at the Arizona State Capital.