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09 Apr: Antonio The Robot Carries A Powerful Legacy

The students on the robotics team at the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Family Service in San Antonio spend several hours a night working on their robot. His name is Antonio, and there’s a powerful legacy that extends well beyond his mechanical parts.

The robot was named in memory of Antonio Torres, a longtime Best Buy general manager who died last September after a battle with COVID-19. It’s a fitting tribute to a man who family, friends and colleagues fondly remember for his big smile and even bigger heart.

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25 Feb: Creating a space for young women to explore STEM

When Olivia Farley became coordinator of the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Keystone Community Services this fall, she noticed something was missing: girls.

The center, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, is one of about 35 Teen Tech Center locations across the country. It opened in 2017 as a place where teens can explore their interests in all things tech, from coding and graphic design to filmmaking and everything in between.

Giving youth — especially girls — access to tech education opportunities is important to Best Buy.

Best Buy Keystone Teen Tech Center in St. Paul, Minn.

29 Jan: Using exploration, collaboration to develop future leaders

When an adult enters a Best Buy Teen Tech Center, it might feel unstructured, maybe even a bit chaotic. But that’s entirely by design.

No one provides specific assignments or instructions like in a standard classroom. Rather, the teens are free to engage with the latest technology, like drawing tablets, robots, 3D printers and even a state-of-the-art music production studio.

The result is powerful. Teen Tech Centers aren’t just places where teens can access tech, but rather they serve as a foundation for community and self-discovery.