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14 Aug: Geeking Out at School

There was chanting, there was laughing and there was a lot of geeking out over technology.

I spent the last two days with more than 100 very enthusiastic Twin Cities-area students at Geek Squad Academy in St. Paul. Best Buy puts on these camps across the country to give underserved kids hands-on experience with technology to help develop skills and inspire future careers. The curriculum invites them to become “Junior Agents” through exploring digital citizenship, film production, computer programming and robotics, as well as 3D printing and circuitry.

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30 May: Geek Squad Academy is (Probably) Coming to a City Near You

Geek Squad FactsRobotics. 3D printing. Audio and video production.

From now through September, more than 2,500 teens across the country will learn these essential 21st-century skills, thanks to Best Buy’s Geek Squad Academy summer camps.

In its eighth year, Geek Squad Academy will reach students ages 10 to 18 in 26 cities nationwide, providing fun, interactive classes and activities to equip them for future careers.

Like Best Buy, the White House is also focusing on teens in tech as the President has called technology innovators to work together to ensure all youth – especially those from underrepresented communities – have the chance to study science, technology, engineering and math.

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29 May: Why I’m On the Road This Summer Teaching Tech to Teens

Brittani Uribe HeadshotBy Geek Squad Agent Brittani Uribe

My mom always wanted us to be well-rounded and to try different things.

So that’s why, years ago, I signed up for the Geek Squad Academy camp in Houston. Having an uncle who worked for Geek Squad helped, too.

I enjoyed the entire experience and learned that technology was something I could understand and love. Before that camp, I hadn’t seen a woman as an agent. That’s when it hit home that there are great career paths for women in technology.

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18 May: Best Buy Teen Tech Center Squad Member Amanda Sullivan Earns National IT Honors

Even if Best Buy took over Frankenstein’s lab and meticulously manufactured the perfect Teen Tech Squad Member, Amanda Sullivan would still outshine said hypothetical creation.

Sullivan, 18, practices website coding in her free time, taught herself Adobe Flash in mere days, and oozes ambition.

The senior from Fridley, Minn., mastered 3D printing and now teaches other teens how to manufacture everything from iPhone cases to fake nails at the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at the Minneapolis Central Library.

Best Buy’s Teen Tech Centers – fitted with cutting-edge technology – help teens develop 21st century skills to prepare for future careers.