Icon for: Mark Greenman


Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Project Accelerate

NSF Awards: 1720914

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

Economically disadvantaged and underrepresented high school students in many urban, rural, and small suburban communities don’t have access to Advanced Placement® (AP®) courses. Lacking opportunity to access rigorous physics courses in high school, these demographic groups are hard pressed to compete in physical science related STEM 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 (BU) and high schools to bring a College Board accredited AP® Physics 1 course to schools not offering this opportunity. Preliminary result indicates that students participating in Project Accelerate do as well or better than their peers enrolled in traditional classroom-based AP® Physics 1 classes.

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