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.

FIRST Robotics Trio

28 Mar: Best Buy and Geek Squad Join 2,400 Tech-Savvy Students in ‘Best Bot Battle’

Brian Silewski is at home with hands-on work, and when he’s creating something from nothing with computers.

“I like building something new that you could be proud of … so when I saw robotics at school, I thought, ‘That looks perfect,’” said the 18-year-old Talon Robotics team member from Eden Prairie High School.

The team captain is one of more than 2,400 students descending on the University of Minnesota this weekend for the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), a tech-based sport where teams of about 20 high school students battle to create the best bot in just six weeks.