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More than 360 Arkansas public high schools will receive virtual reality headsets from Facebook.

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The announcement by Governor Asa Hutchinson accentuated the governor’s initiative to require every high school to offer computer science education and provide funding for teacher training.  Facebook will build on a gift made in January with another 550 virtual reality kits.  They already have donated 400 kits to the poorest high schools in the state.

“If you learn this, I guarantee you’re going to get a good-paying job,” the governor told an auditorium full of students. “And when you do, do me a favor. Build that app. You can build it anywhere, but then create those jobs here in Arkansas and build your future in this state.”

Facebook donated Oculus virtual reality kits, and is the parent company of Oculus.  Hutchinson said that the initiative had attracted Facebook’s attention.

Hutchinson said his initiative had captured the attention of Facebook, the parent company of Oculus. Facebook donated the Oculus virtual reality kits, which include computers, cameras, headsets and other equipment. The kits will be used to administer the Techstart program, which has the objective of giving students access to high quality virtual reality and computer science, thus generating an interest in computer science careers.

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