The C-SPAN bus is taking a break this week from its cross-country trip to all 50 state capitals to visit the Tampa Bay area.

C-SPAN launched the cross-country bus trip to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its bus program, which the network says is an effort to engage with educators and local community members on important civic issues.

The revamped bus that will visit Tampa Bay will have the following upgrades, according to a network press release:

  • Access to an exclusive interactive experience available on 11 large-screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and myriad of political and educational resources
  • A smart TV and classroom area for conversations with students and teachers
  • A high-definition TV production studio for taped and live programming
  • A D.C.-themed selfie station where visitors can share their Bus experience through social media

"Students and teachers are invited aboard the bus to learn about C-SPAN Classroom, a free online educational resource, and C-SPAN's national documentary competition, StudentCam," the network added in the release.

The bus will make the following bay-area stops Tuesday and Wednesday:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (press invited):
8 a.m.- 10 a.m.       Lakewood High School
                    1400 54th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
        (in front of Center for Advanced Technologies building)
11:30 a.m. –               Gulf High School
1:45 p.m.                    5355 School Road, New Port Richey, FL 34652
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (press invited):
8 a.m.- 10 a.m.       Spoto High School
                    8538 Eagle Palm Drive, Riverview, FL 33578
        (parking lot near Football stadium)
12:30 a.m. –               Lake Region High School
2 p.m.                          1995 Thunder Road, Eagle Lake, FL 33839