TechStart, a Facebook education initiative, will host a tech takeover roadshow event for kindergarten through 12th grade students beginning at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.


The event will take place at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy at UAPB. Stations will feature virtual reality, keynote speakers and a student-led panel.


TechStart partnered with UAPB, Code Interactive, and the Arkansas Department of Education to invite schools to bring 10 of their students to the event, according to a news release.


“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,” according to the release.


Under the Arkansas & Facebook Techstart Partnership, schools will receive kits that include headsets, 360-degree cameras and computers. The program also will provide professional development for teachers and access to computer science events.


Arkansas was chosen for the program because of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s initiative requiring all high schools to provide a computer coding class. Two years after the initiative began, about 5,500 students are taking the course, according to the release.


Interested attendees must register at www.uapb.edu/techtakeover. Details: TechStart@FB.com .