Rise Up 4 CS

Rise Up 4 CS provides help sessions, role models, and engaging computing experiences for underrepresented students in computing who are in Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science (CS) A courses. The program is partnering with sites in certain states to increase the passing rates on AP CS A exams for targeted students.

Rise Up 4 CS has two components: Project Rise Up (for African American students) and Sisters Rise Up (for female students).

For further information, Barbara Ericson, ECEP co-PI and senior research scientist at Georgia Tech, has compiled and analyzed data from the College Board, which administers Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Read more.

Project Rise Up 4 CS

Project Rise Up 4 CS provides help sessions, financial incentives (for African Americans only), role models, and engaging computing experiences for about 170 African American students who are in Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science (CS) A course in certain states. The goal of the project is to increase the number of African American students who pass the AP CS A exam. The eventual impact should be to increase the number of African Americans who successfully major in computing fields.

Participants receive prizes for meeting project requirements.

Requirements for the program

  1. Apply to be part of the program.
  2. The student must attend a required kickoff meeting.
  3. The student must attend at least four help sessions, in person or virtually, to help prepare the student to pass the AP CS A exam. Help sessions are offered once a month on site and virtually four times per month. To participate virtually, the student will need access to a computer with an internet connection and a browser.
  4. The student must pass the AP CS A exam and score at least a 3 and report his or her score to the project staff. The AP CS A exam scores are usually reported to students in July.
  5. The student must complete surveys about his or her attitude toward computing, and take tests that measure the student's computer science knowledge. The student may also be asked to participate in interviews or focus groups as part of the evaluation of this project.

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Sisters Rise Up 4 CS

Sisters Rise Up 4 CS provides help sessions, role models, and engaging computing experiences for females who are in Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science (CS) A courses certain states. The goal of the project is to increase the number of female students who pass the AP CS A exam. The eventual impact should be to increase the number of females who successfully major in computing fields.

Requirements for the program

  1. Apply to be part of the program.
  2. The student must attend a required kickoff meeting.
  3. The student must attend at least six help sessions on site or virtually to help prepare the student to pass the AP CS A exam. A help session will be offered once a month on site and virtually four times per month. To participate virtually the student will need access to a computer with an internet connection and a browser.
  4. The student must pass the AP CS A exam and score at least a 3 and report his or her score to the project staff. The AP CS A exam scores are usually reported to students in July.
  5. The student must complete surveys about his or her attitude toward computing, and take tests that measure the student's computer science knowledge. The student may also be asked to participate in interviews or focus groups as part of the evaluation of this project.

Resources