DESOTO—The DeSoto ISD GEAR UP program is excited to partner with Best Buy and the Geek Squad Academy to bring the Geek Squad Academy to DeSoto High School June 22 and 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Academy features two full days of fun and interactive, hands-on experience with new and cool technology. DeSoto ISD and GEAR UP do not want just to tell our students about the future of technology; we want to show them and spark their inner creativity and flare for innovation.
Now in its 10th season, Geek Squad Academy from Best Buy provides teens opportunities where they can develop tech skills that will inspire future education and career choices. To accomplish this, Geek Squad Academy partners with local non-profits and other organizations to expose students ages 10-18 to the latest technology in a fun, interactive setting. With local Geek Squad agents and Best Buy Blue Shirts hosting classes such as Robotics and Circuitry, Coding, Film Production, Photography, 3D Design, Digital Music, and more, teens build friendships and self-confidence, utilize their own creativity and innovation, and discover how technology can benefit them in school now and in their work lives later.
In 2014, DeSoto ISD was only one of two Texas institutions and the ONLY K-12 Texas district to receive the prestigious GEAR UP grant from the U.S. Department of Education. GEAR UP – Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs – serves a cohort of 1,400 students from all three DeSoto ISD middle schools through DeSoto High School.
The primary goal of the program is to create communities of highly-effective learners, particularly of at-risk, low-income, underserved, minority learners of color, through the delivery of rigorous academic courses aligned to college and career readiness standards to ensure ALL students are college ready. Beginning with a cohort of 6th and 7th graders in the 2014-15 school year and following them through their first year of college, GEAR UP is implementing an integrated array of strategies.