Geek Squad Academy is designed to give youth in under invested communities ages 10-18 opportunities to develop tech skills that will inspire future education and career choices. This program allows students to envision a future where they are creators, not consumers, of the technology that powers the world.
When attending a Geek Squad Academy camp, students become "Junior Agents" and get hands-on experience with some of the newest and coolest technology, with instructors from Best Buy and Geek Squad. This two day camp experience will allow students to explore technology like:
- Stop Motion Animation
- 3D Design
- Digital Music
- Digital Citizenship
The Geek Squad Academy proposal process for 2021 has re-opened for organizations requesting camps between August 23 and October 15. Check back this fall for applications for 2022 host sites!
Schools, non-profits and other community organizations are invited to apply to host Geek Squad Academy during school breaks, or as an in-school field trip.
Please note that due to the constantly evolving COVID-19 situation being selected to host a camp does not guarantee an in-person session. Sites that are not able to host an in-person Geek Squad Academy event will be presented the option to host an online session – currently available are Game Design with Godot, Digital Music, Intro to programming with iRobot, and 3D Design with Sketchup
In person camp requirements:
Be able to recruit a minimum of 100 students and maximum of 200 students.
Six to seven classroom spaces
Large area for student lunch
Large area for opening/closing ceremonies (can be the same as the lunch space)
Tables and chairs to accommodate 25 students per classroom
Ensure the facility is available for three consecutive days (one day for set up and two instruction days)
Recruit a minimum of five volunteers from the organization who will be responsible for managing student behavior and facilitating smooth class-to-class transitions
Online session requirements:
Be able to recruit a minimum of 30 students and maximum of 600 students.
1-2 hours of dedicated time to attend the scheduled online session.
Access to internet capable attending a live stream.
Devices for attendees to follow along with for the project (Mac or PC for Game Design. Mac, PC or Chromebook for 3D Design.)
These can be self-furnished by the youth.
A second screen or projector to watch the stream on and ask questions in chat.
How to ApplySubmit an application online.
IMPORTANT: To complete the proposal process, please have all of your facilities information prior to starting. Once you begin the application process you must complete all questions. You will have to complete the entire application process in one session.
Here's the information you'll need:
Host facility address
Number of rooms available (you must have 6 traditional classrooms, a large gathering space and a cafeteria)
Room capacities (must accommodate a minimum of 22 students per classroom)
Number of volunteers available to assist with the camp (a minimum 5 required)
Projected number of students to attend (a minimum 100 students is required)
Three date options your facility may be available to host an event.
Please note if you’re open to hosting an online session.
We look forward to hearing from you. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.