BDPA-DC Receives New Grant from Best Buy Foundation to Support Local Tablets-For-Teens Projects

WASHINGTON—The Best Buy Foundation has approved a grant to BDPA of Greater Washington, D.C. (BDPA-DC) in direct support of the association’s Tablets For Teens program.  Grant reporting and requirements for this next phase provide details on precisely how funds are used to support this rapidly emerging digital divide initiative.

BDPA-DC is supporting the following mission sets with Title-I schools across the National Capital Region collocated within our primary area of responsibility. Direct support includes distribution of free or low-cost computing devices to students and distribution of new cellular wireless hot spots to students with no broadband service at home.

This special grant also assists BDPA student members, students enrolled in National BDPA’s Student I.T. Education and Scholarship (SITES) activities, and local JROTC Cadets attending Title-I schools with new tablet PCs, notebook PCs, mobile hot-spots, or small single-board card-sized computers with accessories.  BDPA Student Members, Cadets, and local high school students may also receive community service hours supporting local BDPA SITES projects, webinars, technology events, and outreach activities with BDPA.

Best Buy has been a committed, valuable and engaged community partner and BDPA-DC enthusiastically looks forward to continuing our local, regional, and national relationships in the future.

BDPA Huntsville’s 2020 SITES Finalists receive new Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablets from the Association’s Tablets For Teens initiative after their technical showcase competitions during National BDPA’s 45th Anniversary and virtual BDPA2020 Annual Conference. Photo © 2020 BDPA Huntsville, AL. BDPA Detroit’s 2020 SITES Finalists are featured on our cover photo.

The association’s global mission as outlined by National BDPA is to bridge digital divides across cyber security, information technology (IT) and telecommunications competency gaps while broadening outreach and awareness campaigns for computer, data science, and technical careers. Since 1978, BDPA-DC’s projects across the National Capital Region support career development and economic development through well blended and tailored series of student programs, industry outreach, community relations, and legislative affairs primarily for urban and underserved communities. Tablets For Teens is another program under the Chapter’s SITES-IV (“Industry 4.0” SITES) portfolio. 

Additional information for the national capital region is provided on the following two landing pages, bdpadc.org or tabletsforteens.org.

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Best Buy is Hiring ‘Covert’ Geek Squad Agents

Best Buy is hiring nationally for its Geek Squad Covert Dispatch — an arm of the famed Geek Squad.

Minneapolis, MN—As a work-from-home covert dispatch agent, you would offer technical support to customers online and over the phone. You’ll be the first line of contact when a customer has a question about their products or software.geek-squad

This remote position requires a minimum of 35 hours each week, with day, night, weekend and holiday shifts. You can work from anywhere in the United States, except California, Washington, Alaska or Puerto Rico.

You should love problem-solving and be able to talk to less-tech-savvy people about technology in a way that helps them make sense of their equipment, devices and programs.  Learn more or apply now

Best Buy is Celebrating 50 Years—Birthday Bash $tarts before midnight!

National BDPA’s Platinum Sponsor Offers
Back-to-School Birthday Bash DEAL$

ST. PAUL, MN [CNBC]—To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first store, Best Buy is throwing a “birthday bash” celebration for its customers. For 50 hours starting at 11 p.m. Eastern Thursday, August 18, 2016, the electronics chain will offer “Black Friday-like” DEAL$ on new electronic and tech products available both online and in stores.

Discounts include $150 off certain Apple MacBook Pro computers, $400 off a 65-inch Samsung 4K ultra-high-definition TV and $180 off Beats Studio wireless headphones. Online shoppers will be given free two-day shipping on most items included in the sale.

Best Buy said bestbuy.pngits sale is “just in time” for back-to-school shoppers to stock up on their technology needs. The first Best Buy store opened in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Aug. 22, 1966, under the Sound of Music name. The retailer’s name was changed to Best Buy in 1983.

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BDPA and Best Buy
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National BDPA, BDPA Atlanta, Best Buy, and Geek Squad professionals co-hosted BDPA’s annual Youth Technology Conference (YTC) during #BDPAConnect16 in Atlanta, GA where high school and middle students from BDPA Chapter cities across America actively participated in the annual IT Showcase, National High School Computer Competition (HSCC), and YTC events.

— Sources: Best Buy and CNBC.com
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BDPADC.org Cover file-photo: © 2011 bdpatoday
Photos: ©2016 BDPA by Charlie Perkins  

 

Student at Gala wins Best Buy gift card

Student wins $110 from Host BDPA Chapter correctly answering ‘Bat and Ball‘ Algorithm Challenge a few Harvard Students get wrong…

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The Question:

A bat and a ball costs $1.10. If the bat costs $1.00 more than the ball, how much does the ball cost?

The Algorithm:

price = $1.10
price = bat price + ball price
bat price = ball price + $1.00
price = ball price + (ball price + $1.00)

price = 2 x ball price + $1.00
1.10 = 2 * ball price + 1.00
(1.10 – 1.00)/2 = ball price
0.10/2 = ball price
0.05 = ball price

Verification and Validation (V&V)

price = bat price + ball price
$1.10 = $1.05 + $0.05

 The Correct Answer:    Ball Price = 5 ¢


National BDPA and local BDPA Chapters partner with Best Buy Children’s Foundation and The Geek Squad supporting technology inclusion initiatives in underserved communities, annual regional technology summits, the High School Computer Competition (HSCC), and national BDPA technology conferences.

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