“The College Board last fall introduced a new course and exam called AP Computer Science Principles. Eight years in the planning, it was the largest such course launch in history. While the existing AP Computer Science course focuses on the Java programming language, the new course is billed as a creative exploration of real-world problems. It’s designed to appeal to people who might have assumed that computers were not for them. And in that sense, it’s working. According to figures just released, from 2016 to 2017 the number of underrepresented minorities who took an AP Computer Science exam nearly tripled, from 8,283 to 22,199. The number of girls shot up from 12,642 to 29,708. While significant, this increase was not enough for those two groups to reach parity. Only 1 in 5 of those taking AP CS last year were underrepresented minorities and about 1 in 4 were women.”
35% of Future Sacramento graduated or continuing college scholarship recipients are pursuing STEM fields.
Sindia Maya is one of our oustanding STEM students. As a first-generation college student who graduated from a high school with less resources – she had to overcome a great divide of foundational knowledge to catch up to her engineering college classmates. Even with setbacks – Sindia was accepted into Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to study Engineering and her dedication has not faltered. Read her full store here.
Learn more – read the article “Tens Of Thousands More Women And Minorities Are Taking Computer Science” July 31, 2017