Best Buy Teen Tech Center

Summit and Best Buy

Best Buy Teen Tech Center

The Best Buy Teen Tech Center is a FREE drop-in space where middle and high school youth ages 13-17 can access cutting-edge technology, explore and express themselves artistically in the Center. Youth are welcome to explore and learn about:

  • Graphic Design
  • Robotics
  • Film Production
  • 3D Imaging
  • Music Production
  • Photography
  • And more!

The drop-in program has been developed in collaboration with
The Clubhouse Network (funded by Best Buy).


Drop-in hours and location

Tuesday - Thursday from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Summit Academy OIC Campus
935 Olson Memorial Highway
Minneapolis, MN 55405

The Design Studio

Summit Academy's Best Buy Teen Tech Center, in partnership with RSP Architects, is offering a challenging and exciting program where teens can learn about architecture, urban design and future STEM careers. The first group starts on June 22 with an 8-week program, meeting every Tuesday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. (now full).

At the Design Studio, teens have an opportunity to experience:

  • Field Trips
  • Guest Speakers
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • 3D Modeling and Printing
  • Drone Mapping
  • Competitions
  • And more!

Program Update: 

The June program is currently filled, please check back for updates and complete the registration form below for upcoming cohort opportunities.

The next session begins in the Fall as a 16-week program (limited to 15 students).


The Design Studio Partners - RSP Architects


Derek McCallum

AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB Design Principal

Derek brings a global perspective to the design process. His award-winning work includes collaborations on diverse project types around the world. Educated in both Europe and the USA he established his global perspective early on and continues to work on a wide range of international opportunities with RSP.

A registered architect, he brings a unique perspective and experience to all projects that ensure a highly creative and relevant design solution. He is active in the profession as the past President of the AIA Minneapolis, Board Director of AIA Minnesota and Board Advisor on the University of Minnesota School of Architecture.


Sheldyn Merrel

RSP Architects Intern

Sheldyn, an Architectural Intern at RSP, holds a Master’s of Architecture degree from Hampton University. She is also a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Master’s of Science in Research Practice, where her focus of study was Lean Design.

She is intrigued by the many opportunities to integrate lean thinking and design thinking.


Sean Higgins

ASSOC. AIA Architectural/Project Designer

Sean is passionate about humanistic architecture, focusing on collaborative, community-oriented projects that truly engage the user. He is a proponent of holistic design, which blends a strong understanding of site, context, user, light/shadow, materiality and spatial characteristics. This approach, along with his empathetic personality, results in meaningful conversations and lead to inspiring, life-changing designs.

With over 9 years of experience, Sean is involved in all levels of project design, from creating analytical and exploratory graphics to hand sketches, diagrams, and photorealistic computer renderings. In addition to his work at RSP, Sean is a regular guest juror at University of Minnesota graduate studio design presentations.

RSP Architects with Design Studio Students (Summer Cohort)

Covid-19 update: We are taking precautions to guard against the Covid-19 virus at all of our STEM events. Masks must be worn at all times, equipment will be sanitized and hand sanitizer will be available. If you or a family member are ill, we ask that you do not participate in our event until you are well.