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Abstract Title: Project Accelerate: Closing the Access Gap for STEM Careers and Academic Programs
Abstract: Boston University is in the first year of implementing a three-year NSF DRK12 award bringing AP Physics 1 to underserved populations. During our prior pilot year, Project Accelerate partnered with 11 high schools in Massachusetts and West Virginia to bring a College Board approved Advanced Placement® Physics Small Private Online Course (SPOC) to schools not offering this opportunity to students. Project Accelerate students (1) outperformed peer groups in traditional AP Physics classrooms on the College Board AP Physics exam, and (2) were more inclined to engage in additional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs than they were prior to participating in Project Accelerate. Through the NSF award, we look at scaling up and replicating this program, potentially on a national scale. The poster will highlight the project research questions, methodology, implementation strategy, and pilot-year outcomes. Project Accelerate offers a replicable solution to a significant problem – too few underserved high school students having access to high quality physics education, resulting in these students being ill prepared to enter STEM careers and STEM programs in college. *Funded by NSF grant DRL 1720914.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B23
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Andrew G. Duffy
Boston University
Department of Physics
590 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 6173539089
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Mark D. Greenman, Department of Physics, Boston University