Best Buy Teen Tech Center

A free educational space at Minneapolis Central Library
 

Growing Creative Technologists

Four days a week, youth ages 12-19 come to Minneapolis Central Library to record music, build robots, record and produce digital videos, engineer and print 3-D objects, develop video games and computer programs, design and sew clothing, build customized computers, explore virtual reality, and more.  Over 300 youth have visited the BBTTC in the past six months. About 20 members come each day and stay approximately three hours. 

 

Plans of
Going to
College
Plans of
Going to
College

94% of BBTTC members said they plan to attend a two- or four-year post-secondary program

Growing
Interest
in STEAM
Growing
Interest
in STEAM

66% are interested in studying science, technology, engineering, arts, or math

Nurturing Interests While Learning Cutting Edge Tech

The BBTTC is an interest-driven, project-based learning environment focused on learning by doing. Working with volunteer mentors representing a wide range of professional expertise, teens are encouraged to follow their interests through creative work and project-based learning. The center offers free access to a music recording studio, green screen for video productions, digital photography equipment, and dozens of creative software programs like Photoshop, Premiere, and ProTools. Resources range from the latest 3-D printers and VR headsets, to sewing machines, knitting looms, and soldering irons. 

 

In 2019, Friends of the Hennepin County Library has made a commitment of $141,000 to support BBTTC program costs.  Thank you to all our Friends members for investing in this vital program.

Members often discover unexpected interests. Some of these can even turn into future careers.

Meaningful Mentorship

In addition to three full-time staff, volunteer mentors are crucial to the BBTTC experience. The mentor coordinator places special emphasis on recruiting mentors who look like our members and can relate to their life experience. 

BBTTC members often discover unexpected interests, some of these can even turn into future careers. Tierni began coming to the center because her girlfriend was using the recording studio and they needed a safe space to go in the afternoons. She eventually began using the sewing machines and recently completed a quilt for her son. “Before I came here I never knew what my passion was,” Tierni says. “Since I came here I learned sewing is my passion and I want to further it, keep learning, and start my own clothing-line business.”

A recent story in the Star-Tribune told the story of Diego and his sister Sophia, who were living in a shelter with their parents and siblings when they discovered the BBTTC.

Read about Diego & Sophia

An interest-driven, project-based learning environment focused on learning by doing.

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