BEAM Experiences offers hands-on learning for children grades 1-8. We provide S.T.R.E.A.M.-based, multi-disciplinary programs that are designed to create thought leaders.
Our instructors are artists, architects, and engineers who all have a passion for teaching S.T.R.E.A.M. education and creating compelling project-based experiences using the BEAM process.
Video Game Design
Master the art of video game design! Using problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, students create fun game play. Students brainstorm, outline, and sketch components that will be featured in their games, including characters, game narrative, and objectives. Through hands-on experience, they learn about the multitude of art forms that go into making a finished game: such as game design, programming/logic, animation, graphics, testing, sound, and music. Working individually, they use a 2D game development engine called Stencyl to make their own Flash game to play and share on the computer!
Unleash the creative powers of the hands-on LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 set by creating robots that function how you want them to! Through group and individual challenges, our roboticists-in-training will construct one-of-a-kind robots: The aim of this course is to have students utilize their critical and creative thinking skills by building functional robots from scratch. With an experienced instructor to guide them, students will thrive in a setting, where students design, build, and program robots created from their imaginations sans paper instructions. They will physically piece together logic with modular building blocks, build circuits, and discover how robotic creations operate in today’s world. Depending on the robotic theme, robots will race, dodge walls, complete obstacle course, and/or battle. Although this course heavily uses Mindstorms EV3, students will learn how a variety of robots are built using the latest cutting-edge systems. Students, get ready to ignite your imaginations!
Stop Motion Animation
Bring your story to life by making animated movies! Students will learn how to brainstorm ideas, outline, build, animate, and publish their own distinctive stop motion movies. Working in teams of 2-3, students will design a story based on ideas from their own imaginations by directing and editing them. Building and set materials can include LEGO® bricks, white boards, origami, and recycled materials to fuel inventiveness. But let’s not stop there: Students will also learn how to add dialogue and scores, making their movies a viewing pleasure!
Physics and Structures
Build a world you want to live in! Using problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, students plan, design, and build traditional structures, while exploring what makes architecture a perfect blend of building and art. Students are given project-based challenges – such as building catapults and bridges – and will brainstorm, draw floor plans, and construct models using various materials from cardboard to marshmallows. Before completing their final structures, students will learn to use a multitude of building blocks, such as arches and columns; learn how to design for different environments; and learn how materials and buildings have changed throughout history. Using this newfound knowledge, the final project will be building a model of their dream home.
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We take projects from our classes and turn them into one-day workshops! Check out our workshops!