TeachAids Provides Exclusive Sneak Peek of CrashCourse in Virtual Reality to Arkansas Public Schools
Today, Arkansas becomes the first state in the country to provide VR-based concussion education to every public school. Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Education, the Department of Health, and the Arkansas Activities Association have united to bring the latest science-based concussion education content to all their schools in an effort to make participation in all sports safer.
The official launch took place at Bryant High School on August 28th, 2019 at 1:00pm. Bryant High School was represented by twenty members of their reigning state championship football and girls’ soccer teams. The event also includes an introduction from TeachAids and Arkansas partner organizations, as well as a VR demonstration in which Bryant students got the chance to experience concussion education materials.
“We are proud to kick off this school year with interactive concussion education for all students,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “The Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Department of Health, and Arkansas Activities Association saw the need to better educate our students, particularly our athletes, of the potentially life-threatening effects of concussions. By partnering with TeachAids, Arkansas students now have access to state-of-the-art software and equipment that mimic the real-life effects of concussions. Together, we are empowering our students to know the signs and symptoms and quickly make decisions that lead to better treatment and improved health.”
TeachAids provides this exclusive Virtual Reality launch to Arkansas as the first state adoption. The VR-based education will be distributed across the state under the direction of the EAST Initiative (Environmental and Spatial Technology). Arkansas is the first state in the nation to mandate Virtual Reality education in all public high schools, using the Facebook sponsored VR initiative.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with leadership across the state of Arkansas. We greatly value the emphasis that Governor Hutchinson has placed on furthering the safety and well-being of sports participants,” said Dr. Piya Sorcar, founder and CEO of TeachAids.
Below is the official Press Release announced from the state of Arkansas: