During Computer Science Education Week in December 2018, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) announced the statewide launch of CrashCourse, a video education tool that highlights the signs and symptoms of concussions, as well as the long-term effects. The goal is to educate students, primarily student athletes, of the effects, so they’ll better identify the symptoms and quickly receive proper medical care. On August 28, 2019, at Bryant High School, the ADE Division of Secondary Education (DESE) Office of Computer Science, with its state and industry partners, announced the launch of the new virtual reality (VR) component.
TeachAids, which developed CrashCourse and its new VR component, selected Arkansas as the first state to receive the program. The program will be distributed for free through the Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) Initiative at the public schools. Schools may request a code to access the VR component by completing the form found at http://eastlink.me/crashcourse. Once completed and submitted, requesters should receive an email response that will have the access code as well as instructions on how to access the component.
Because of a partnership announced in 2017 between the Arkansas Computer Science Initiative and Facebook/TechStart, most Arkansas high schools received free Oculus Rift virtual reality systems that can be used to experience the CrashCourse VR program. For more information on the donated systems, please refer to Commissioner's Memo COM-18-020 at http://adecm.arkansas.gov/ViewApprovedMemo.aspx?Id=3366.
ADE thanks the following partner organizations for making this successful launch possible: Arkansas Activities Association, Arkansas Department of Health, Bryant School District, the Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) Initiative, and TeachAids.