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Geek Squad Academy

The Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science and MESA are proud to offer the Geek Squad Academy @ PSU August 9-10, 2014 from 9am - 4pm. 

Geek Squad Academy is a weekend long, hands-on learning program that provides local youth an opportunity to engage in the design and implementation of technology, sponsored by Best Buy.

Best Buy employees and Maseeh College students and faculty will partner teach students about the latest technology in a fun, interactive learning environment. Participants will select a weekend-long workshop such as digital photography, digital film production, digital literacy, robotics, 3D printing and digital music.

During Geek Squad Academy, participants will develop technology skills, inspire future education and career choices, and build friendships through activities such as storyboarding and producing a film, or collaborating on digital media projects.

See our gallery of previous Geek Squad Academies. 

Course Descriptions
The following subjects may be included in Geek Squad Academy:

Programming and Robotics
Students will learn robotics and programming skills utilizing the Lego Mindstorm Ev3 curriculum.  Students will build their robot and write programming to manipulate their robot through a maze.  

Digital Film Production
Students will modify a script, create a storyboard and film their own production.  At the conclusion they will learn film editing skills to modify their film. 

Digital Citizenship
Students will engage in hands on class to cover digital citizenship and digital literacy, understanding the long term effects of their online interactions and how their digital footprint can last a lifetime and beyond.

Digital Music
Students will learn how to use some of the most popular music creation software by working together to create and mix music.

3D Printing and CAD Design
Students will learn skills in CAD design and engineering, creating a small three-dimensional object that will be printed during class.

Digital Photography
Students will learn the functionality of digital cameras while improving picture-taking techniques through advanced photography methods.

Other Activities
Structured, non-classroom learning.  Time for creative thinking and team building.
 

Location
Portland State University
Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
1930 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
 

Age Requirements
The target age group for Geek Squad Academy @PSU is 8th-10th graders. If you do not fit into these categories please contact Yeruwelle de Rouen to discuss how this program may be useful for someone of a different age-range.

 

Cost
There is no cost to participant

 

How to Register
Registration for the 2014 Geek Squad Academy is closed. Please stay tuned about future opportunities.

Questions? Contact Yeruwelle de Rouen at (503) 725-5030 or derouen@pdx.edu