Computer academy for kids clicks

Computer academy for kids clicks

Business First by Tracey Drury Date: Monday, July 19, 2010, 12:00am EDT - Last

Andrew Toney, left, and Marques Perkins test a computer they built at the Geek Squad Summer Academy.

 

Computer geeks and cool tech heads came together this week offer to kids a summer camp opportunity.

Computers for Children Inc. (CFC) brought nearly 140 children together for a four-day computer training workshop through a partnership with Best Buy Inc.

 

The Geek Squad Summer Academy, held at Erie Community College’s North campus, was part of a national program sponsored by Best Buy and its Geek Squad computer repair program.

The program, a souped-up computer camp, covered the following: digital movies and photography; Internet communications and Web technology; how to build a P.C., including hardware and software troubleshooting techniques; and how to create your own music and song in a rock ‘n’ roll digital music class. Other features included a sneak peek at ECC classes in “CSI”-style forensics.

The program was geared toward kids from all backgrounds. Local sponsors Azerty Corp., Verizon, the Hamister Foundation and Erie County Youth Board helped keep the registration fee at $35.

“We made it a very low camp fee so that no matter where you were located in our region or what your economic status was, you could participate,” says Christine Carr, executive director.

The nonprofit CFC has annual revenues of about $500,000. The agency also sponsors its own three-week Kidco computer camps, a more academic-based hardware/software training program, with participants taking home the computer they’ve built during the program. Two more sessions will be offered in late July and in August.

Carr says she hopes to repeat the Geek Squad Summer Academy in the future with help from local Geek Squad volunteers.