It is always fun to watch the kids dig into their work at the camps, to see them become absorbed in the problems they are trying to solve and work together to create solutions they are proud to show off. Because all the camp instructors are Agents, we know the absorbing nature of tech work. It’s fun to give the Junior Agents tools with which they can feed the tech appetites.
So it was a little challenging when we asked the participants in the camp we held at the Minneapolis Public Library a while back to put down their work for a second and give some attention to some older people who came by to see what they were doing. Best Buy CEO Hubert Jolly, Best Buy’s President of Services Chris Askew and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges stopped by the recent Minneapolis camp to chat with the participants and get a look at the projects they were starting. The Best Buy leaders and Minneapolis Mayor spent a few hours observing the camp sessions and shared lunch with the campers.
“It is humbling and inspiring,” Chris Askew said, reflecting on his visit, “to be around a group of young people so engaged in discovering the possibilities of technology. Our Agents do such a good job showing the campers how it’s cool to be a Geek.”
A good time was had by all. And the campers didn’t seem all that upset by the interuption.
Special guests posing with the camp instructors: Mayor Hodges is in front of Chris Askew (left) and Hubert Jolly (right)
Go to the StarTribune website to read an article about the camp.
More information about Geek Squad Academy is available at the camp website.