Google Funds Bay Area STEM Initiative

The nonprofit Kapor Center is launching the Rising STEM Scholars Initiative to provide low income students and students of color opportunities to take AP courses in math, science and computer science. The program is funded through a $10 million contribution from Google.

The effort is a partnership with Equal Opportunity Schools, University of California, Berkeley's School of Education, Kingmakers of Oakland and These organizations will work together to "collaborate with districts, schools, administrators, educators, students and families to place and support 3,000 students of color and low income students in Bay Area AP STEM and computer science classroom," according to a blog post from Allison Scott, chief research officer at the Kapor Center.

Educators will also get resources for their classrooms and the initiative will focus on finding "ways to inspire students to take AP courses."

Interested educators and individuals can now apply to join the Rising STEM Scholars Initiative on the Equal Opportunity Schools website.

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