Facebook Education to host tech takeover event at UAPB


Pine Bluff, Ark. (October 9, 2017) – TechStart, a Facebook education initiative, will host a tech takeover roadshow event Wednesday, October 18 at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Open to K-12 students, interested attendees must register at www.uapb.edu/techtakeover.

TechStart has partnered up with University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Code Interactive, and the Department of Education in Arkansas to invite all schools to bring 10 of their students to the event. Beginning at 8:15 a.m., the day promised to be one of inspiration, fun, and cool technology. Stations will feature virtual reality, keynote speakers, and a student led panel.

Arkansas high schools will be the first in the nation to receive 500 Oculus Rift virtual reality systems as part of an initiative by Facebook. Arkansas was chosen because of Hutchinson’s initiative requiring all Arkansas high schools to provide a computer coding class, Egan said. Two years after the initiative began, about 5,500 students are taking the course. Under the Arkansas & Facebook Techstart Partnership, schools will receive 500 kits that include headsets, 360-degree cameras, and computers. The program also will provide professional development for teachers and access to computer science events.

For more information about the Tech Takeover event at UAPB, please email TechStart@FB.com

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