Additional details for high schools interested in participating in the expanded Facebook/TechStart program!

Each campus will receive a free virtual-reality kit, an Oculus Rift touch controller and 30 VR viewers 

UPDATE: Click here to download the Facebook/TechStart Participation Agreement. If you have any questions, please contact Joie Ketcham at APSRC: 501-492-4300. 

Also -  Our Above and Beyond the Core coaches put together a PD package that might be helpful for a PLC or faculty meeting. Just click here to access a PowerPoint, videos and documents. 

Background information:  The Facebook/TechStart virtual-reality program is expanding to include all Arkansas high schools, Governor Asa Hutchinson said Monday. 

Each campus will receive a free VR kit, an Oculus Rift touch controller and 30 VR viewers. 

The program - made possible by a partnership between the Governor's Office, the Arkansas Public School Resource Center and the Arkansas Department of Education - was implemented in January. 

At that time, a school's eligibility was determined by students' ages and free-and-reduced lunch percentages. About 250 schools qualified per those guidelines, which were set by Facebook/TechStart. 

Under the new agreement, the kits will go to more than 360 public high schools in Arkansas. 

TechStart, developed by Facebook Inc., gives students access to high-quality computer science and virtual-reality education in an effort to generate interest in related careers. The program uses a combination of VR instruction, curriculum support and professional development. It also provides opportunities for both students and teachers to attend computer-science events.

Cathy Frye
Director of Communications