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Wednesday, November 14 • 9:45am - 10:35am
Closing the Access Gap to STEM for Underserved Student Populations

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Consider joining this collaborative partnership program bringing, at no cost to partner high schools, AP® science to underserved school populations.

Economically disadvantaged students in many urban, rural, and small suburban communities don’t have access to rigorous physics courses. Lacking opportunity to access such courses, these demographic groups are hard pressed to compete in physical science related Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields and academic programs with their peers from more affluent communities. Project Accelerate, a National Science Foundation funded project, is a partnership program between Boston University, West Virginia University and high schools bringing a College Board accredited AP® Physics 1 course to schools not offering this opportunity.

Preliminary results indicate that students participating in Project Accelerate do as well as their peers enrolled in traditional classroom-based AP® Physics 1 classes. Project Accelerate creates a collaborative learning environment utilizing the supportive infrastructures from the students’ traditional school with a highly interactive private edX online instructional tool. This pairing provides opportunities for under-represented groups who otherwise would not have access to this often prerequisite course to success in physical science, information technology and medical-related academic and career pathways.

Project Accelerate contains the potential to support hundreds of schools and thousands of students throughout the country bringing opportunity for success in STEM to under-served and economically disadvantaged young men and woman.


Mark D. Greenman

Research Fellow, Boston University


Ali Ferhani

Student, Community Charter School of Cambridge

Andrew Flye

Science Teacher, Boston International Newcomer Academy

Jeff Molk

Department Chair, Community Charter School of Cambridge

Wednesday November 14, 2018 9:45am - 10:35am EST
Meeting Room E

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