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Continued: At Geek Squad Academy camp, everyone’s a geek

  • Article by: BEENA RAGHAVENDRAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 24, 2014 - 5:57 AM

Campers can continue to refine what they learned at the Central Library, in the Best Buy Teen Tech Center that is equipped with a recording studio, a green screen for filming, a 3-D printer and several computers — all for free, and open to teens who sign up. It’s part of the network of Computer Clubhouses that bring tech resources to public places to give access to students who otherwise wouldn’t have the exposure.

On Wednesday campers Andrew Ramlet and Max Shriver were working on SketchUp The 15-year-olds, both from Golden Valley, But Shriver, who attends Hopkins High School, said that because not enough people are interested in coding, classes aren’t offered. He’s been doing computer programming at home and hopes to pursue a career in it.

Roberts left robotics class a few minutes late, held up by his malfunctioning robot. Despite the robot’s mistakes after he and Alspach spent the class programming its actions, Roberts was ready to try again.

“Once I download the program, I’ll be able to do that at my house,” he said.


Beena Raghavendran • 612-673-4649


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