Atlanta students try out new virtual reality studio opened by NFL Hall of Famers – WSB-TV Channel 2

Atlanta students try out new virtual reality studio opened by NFL Hall of Famers – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA — A select group of Atlanta students got to experience a new virtual reality studio in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday.

Hall of Fame teammates Jerry Rice and Steve Young joined forces off the field to give Atlanta students free access to virtual reality. 30 students from the Ron Clark Academy were in attendance and got to try out this new technology.

Both Young and Rice were on hand at the unveiling of The Creator Zone at the Johnson STEMActivity Center in downtown Atlanta. In attendance were elected officials, and current and former Atlanta Falcons players in attendance, providing educational and networking experiences to students.

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The Creator Zone is a dedicated space for teens 13+ to use Meta Quest 2 headsets to experience and create in virtual reality.

“Jerry and I, through our 8 to 80 Zones, are thrilled to be partnering with Meta – offering the youth of Atlanta the very latest tech to help them pursue their passions and future careers,” Young said. “This will provide the next generation of innovators opportunities to be inspired and engaged as they learn, code, create, and compete. Through these resources, we all hope to do our part to advance cultural and social change at the heart of where it matters most – the community”.


The Creator Zone is free for all Atlanta students 13 and above and provides youths living in underserved communities the skills to pursue careers in technology, e-sports, gaming, media as well as training on cutting-edge equipment and software for television, radio, voice recording, graphic design, and game development.

Teens will be able to compete as the quarterback of their favorite NFL team in NFL PRO ERA, a VR football game; explore the most iconic locations on the planet in National Geographic Explore VR, and create amazing street art in VR with Kingspray Graffiti.

More information on the Johnson Stem Activity Center can be found here.

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