Best Buy Canada announces the return of Geek Squad Academy to offer free hands-on technology classes to kids

Burnaby, BC, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy Canada is proud to announce the return of Geek Squad Academy to Canada for the third year. Geek Squad Academy pairs non-profit organizations and schools with local Geek Squad Agents from Best Buy stores to offer hands-on technology classes, at no charge, to youth aged 10-16 (14-16 in Quebec) around topics including Robotics, 3D Design, Web Programming, Digital Music, and Digital Citizenship.

Applications for the 2017 season are now being accepted online at www.bestbuy.ca/geeksquadacademy until Friday March 24, 2017. Schools and non-profit organizations who share Best Buy Canada’s focus of fostering technology-based education for youth are encouraged to apply.

“We’re very excited to visit even more communities across Canada this year, and introduce more kids to the possibilities of technology,” says Jen Knight, Community Relations Specialist, Best Buy Canada. “Seventy percent of Canada’s top jobs require tech-based skills, and Geek Squad Academy is a fun and interactive way to gain exposure to new concepts and learning opportunities. The feedback from our partners, the youth who attended the camps, and our Geek Squad Agents, has been nothing but positive.”

While attending Geek Squad Academy, youth will learn: 

  • the basic foundation for computer programming incorporating robotics;
  • their responsibilities as digital citizens, including understanding the long-term effects of their online interactions;
  • how to use some of the most popular music creation software by working together to create and mix music; and,
  • CAD skills by exploring the tools inside SketchUp to design their own three-dimensional models that can be made with a 3D printer.

Geek Squad Academy is one of several national Best Buy Canada community investment initiatives that provide young Canadians with opportunities to get inspired, motivated and feel empowered about their education through access to technology, with an aim to help reduce the digital and economic divide for youth.

To learn more about Geek Squad Academy and apply, check out the program website.

About Best Buy

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), Best Buy Canada Ltd. is one of Canada’s largest and most successful omni-channel retailers, operating the Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile and Geek Squad (www.geeksquad.ca) brands. With nearly 200 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across Canada, and an expanded assortment of lifestyle products offered through BestBuy.ca, Best Buy is a leader in Total Retail, catering to customers how, when, and where they want to shop. Best Buy Canada is committed to making a positive impact in the community with programs and partnerships that support youth to connect with technology to advance their education. For more information visit BestBuy.ca.

Media contact:

Christine Tam
External Communications Manager
ctam@bestbuycanada.ca
604-809-3416

Source: Best Buy

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