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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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15 Jul: White House Taps Best Buy to Help Bridge Digital Divide in ConnectHome Initiative

Even as the promise of the connected home becomes reality for many of us, millions of Americans still have limited access to the high-speed broadband service that opens the door to opportunity. To help bridge this digital divide, Best Buy will offer the expertise of its talented employees and community outreach programs in a new ConnectHome initiative announced today by President Obama and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro.

The pilot program is launching in 27 cities and one tribal nation to initially reach more than 275,000 low-income households and nearly 200,000 children with the support they need to access the Internet at home.

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10 Jun: Best Buy’s Geek Squad Academy Camps Begin Today

If learning robotics, making music and writing code sound more fun than swatting mosquitoes and singing around a fire, the camps offered by Geek Squad Academy (GSA) are where to be this summer.

No sleeping bags are required at Best Buy’s GSA camps, but students do need to pack curiosity and creativity. With hands-on access to computers, tablets, and other techy gadgets, they’re joining the more than 20,000 past attendees in learning new skills, gaining confidence and getting a head start on their futures.

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10 Nov: Learning New Family Tech with Geek Squad at Engadget Expand

A piano made out of bananas. A Play-Doh Tetris game. A whisk and pie-tin drum set.

Visitors to the Engadget Expand event in New York City over the weekend got a chance to experience unique technology for the family at an exhibit staffed by local Geek Squad Agents and Best Buy Blue Shirts.

Geek Squad was there to show visitors some cool – and fun – things that can be done with technology, and show off Geek Squad Academy, which seeks to inspire young people through technology.

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25 Jul: VIDEO: 2 Days of Tech Fun at Geek Squad Academy

Students crowded around a 3D printer, excitedly watching as the machine created small, plastic objects shaped like Pac-Man. In a nearby classroom, young people programmed robots to follow a track on the floor using laser sensors.

In all, more than 80 students ages 10 to 18 gathered at the Minneapolis Central Library this week to learn about emerging technology and computer science at Geek Squad Academy. The two-day program, taught by Geek Squad Agents, also included classes on digital music, filmmaking and digital responsibility.

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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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05 Feb: Best Buy and Geek Squad Share Digital Learning in D.C.: ‘Everyone Wants A Hold of This Program’

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The intersection of educational and entertaining was struck perfectly with the interactive Stencyl videogame program Wednesday in Washington D.C., said Geek Squad Agent Tavis Sellers.

The hundreds of teachers and policymakers at the expo couldn’t help but gravitate toward the Best Buy and Geek Squad booth at Digital Learning Day at the Library of Congress. The event focuses on giving every child the opportunity to learn in a digital environment every day, with the goal of collegiate and career success.