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Born in Seattle by a local architect passionate about children’s education and adult tinkering, BEAM Experiences offers hands-on guided learning and play.

BEAM creates experiences that are fun, creative, challenging, and cool! Our classes, camps, workshops and events provide an environment to imagine and inspire. Our curriculum is varied and customizable in the areas of STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math), Art, Animation, and more. We are always developing “New and Cool” curricula with the newest ideas in education and fun!

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School Enrichment

Program Overview

The BEAM process provides experimental learning for children grades 1-8. We provide in-school and after-school programs that integrate the multidisciplinary aspects of ideating, brainstorming, outlining ideas, building, animating, and creating. Our teachers challenge and guide students through unique projects while having fun in a risk-free environment.

After-school programs, offering guided lessons that promote creative problem-solving in a fun, lab-type setting, are 90 and 120 minutes/once a week.

Our in-school programs are one-time focused lessons meant to support the daily curriculum with the latest in innovative learning and thinking.

All programs are located in the greater Seattle area.

Robotics

Unleash the creative powers of the LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 (and other robots too)!

* Create actual robots and decide how they will function

* Build on emerging critical and creative thinking skills

* Participate in group and individual challenges that teach all about programming

Game Design

Video games are not only fun to play, but fun to design!

In this course, students create a video game using an array of design and programming activities. Students brainstorm, outline, and sketch game components including characters, game narratives, objectives, programming/logic, animation, graphics, testing, sound, and music. Working individually, students use a 2D game development engine called Stencyl to make their own Flash game that they can play and share on the computer.

Structural Engineering

Build a world you want to live in!

This course provides students a foundation for understanding engineering and architecture, and how things “work” in a general, structural way.

Using problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, students plan, design, and make traditional structures while exploring what makes architecture and engineering a perfect blend of building and art. Students are given project-based challenges—such as building catapults and bridges—and then brainstorm, draw floor plans, and assemble models using various materials from cardboard to marshmallows.

Art & Animation

Bring your story to life by making stop motion animated movies!

This course teaches students to create one-of-a-kind animated movies, complete with dialogue and hand-made set designs. Working in teams of 2-3, students design, direct, and edit a unique story. Participants build and draw their background and sets using materials such as LEGO® bricks, white boards, origami, drawing, and recycled materials to fuel inventiveness. They then learn how to add dialogue and music scores, making their movies a viewing pleasure!

New & Cool

At BEAM, we are always looking at “new and cool” themes for our programs and workshops. We want to offer the most up-to-date concepts in STREAM learning—the latest and greatest in robot-driven hydroponics; urban planning and design; the science of vertical farming; and more. This Spring, check out our new Outdoor Science offerings!

Seed to Plate – A six-lesson curriculum to promote healthy eating through increased awareness of how food is grown and prepared.

Things That Fly – A six-lesson curriculum to educate kids on the science and art of creating and understanding all the coolest things that take-off, soar, and float.

Events

Whether it’s a night of building robots, a day in the park learning the basics of structural engineering, or creating sets for stop-motion videos, BEAM has an event that will entertain.

We create and custom-build events for all ages and all occasions including:

  • Fundraisers
  • Team Building
  • Parents Night Out
  • Creative Challenges

If you are interested in private or corporate events, email us.

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Workshops

Want to dive into learning stop-motion? Or create your dream home in an afternoon? Our workshops are arranged in focused blocks of time, allowing for in-depth exploration into technology, engineering and art, as well as new and cool innovation in the realm of architecture. Workshops are provided for a wide range of ages and interests.

Summer Camps

What is better than fun and learning in the sun?! Join us for our Summer Camp experiences that last for a week, full or half day. Our instructors range in expertise and are sure to make your summer fun, while learning cool new and interesting programs. Some of our locations offer extended care too!

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Parents & Teachers Love BEAM

Party In a Bot

We bring the party bot to you! What is better than celebrating your special occasion with a bot that comes fully equipped to build robots, crafts, and more?

Kids and adults will have fun with our party packages that range in price and offerings: from a captivating learning experience integrated into your party to a fully customized Party BOT party.  AND, take photos with our amazing BEAM Bot too!

Ready to get the party started?

Bring me the bot!
  • November 20, 2018  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Video Game Design School Enrichment
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register at Cascade Parent Partnership Program

    For kids in grades 4-8

    Playing video games is fun but so is making them! Using problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, students create fun game play by brainstorming, outlining, and sketching components that will be featured in their games, like characters, game narrative, and objectives. They'll master all the art forms that go into making a finished game: such as game design, programming/logic, animation, graphics, testing, sound, and music. Using a 2D game development engine called Stencyl, students create their own Flash game to play and share on the computer.

  • November 27, 2018  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Video Game Design School Enrichment
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register at Cascade Parent Partnership Program

    For kids in grades 4-8

    Playing video games is fun but so is making them! Using problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, students create fun game play by brainstorming, outlining, and sketching components that will be featured in their games, like characters, game narrative, and objectives. They'll master all the art forms that go into making a finished game: such as game design, programming/logic, animation, graphics, testing, sound, and music. Using a 2D game development engine called Stencyl, students create their own Flash game to play and share on the computer.

  • November 29, 2018  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Stop Motion Animation School Enrichment
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register at Cascade Parent Partnership Program

    For kids in grades 4-8

    Create your own story 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 and bring them to life one frame at a time. 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, which truly bring their movies to life.

  • November 29, 2018  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    Space Adventures Lego Engineering School Enrichment ~ Registration Open!
    McGilvra Elementary School, 1617 38th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA

    Register at TOPS

    For kids in grades K-5

    Each week, students will learn about real-life space exploration and build a new model related to the NASA space program. Models include a satellite, a lunar module, a centrifuge which astronauts use to prepare for the physical sensations of launch, a treadmill which​ ​astronauts use to stay fit in space, and a “space robot”. During this unit, students will learn some of the science behind launching things into orbit, will hear about the most-distant man-made object in the universe, and discuss what it is like to be an astronaut in space. Are you a budding astronaut? An adventurer who loves space exploration? Then you’ll love our Space theme projects.L et Bricks 4 Kidz launch your imagination to outer-space and beyond!

  • November 29, 2018  3:45 pm - 3:45 pm
    Space Adventures Lego Engineering School Enrichment ~ Registration Open!
    Tops K-8 School, 2500 Franklin Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102, USA

    Register at location

    For kids in K-5

    Each week, students will learn about real-life space exploration and build a new model related to the NASA space program. Models include a satellite, a lunar module, a centrifuge which astronauts use to prepare for the physical sensations of launch, a treadmill which​ ​astronauts use to stay fit in space, and a “space robot”. During this unit, students will learn some of the science behind launching things into orbit, will hear about the most-distant man-made object in the universe, and discuss what it is like to be an astronaut in space. Are you a budding astronaut? An adventurer who loves space exploration? Then you’ll love our Space theme projects.L et Bricks 4 Kidz launch your imagination to outer-space and beyond!

  • November 30, 2018  9:00 am - 10:30 am
    Beginning Lego Robotics School Enrichment
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register at Cascade Parent Partnership Program

    For kids in grades 3-8
    The aim of this course is to have students utilize their critical and creative thinking skills by building robots that they design and program. Students will physically piece together logic with modular building blocks, build circuits, and discover how robotic creations operate in today's world.

  • November 30, 2018  10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Advanced Lego Robotics School Enrichment
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register at Cascade Parent Partnership Program

    For kids in grades 4-8

    The aim of this course is to have students utilize their critical and creative thinking skills by building robots that they design and program. Students will physically piece together logic with modular building blocks, build circuits, and discover how robotic creations operate in today's world.

  • November 30, 2018  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Beginning Lego Robotics School Enrichment
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register at Cascade Parent Partnership Program

    For kids in grades 3-8

    The aim of this course is to have students utilize their critical and creative thinking skills by building robots that they design and program. Students will physically piece together logic with modular building blocks, build circuits, and discover how robotic creations operate in today's world.

  • December 4, 2018  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Video Game Design School Enrichment
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register at Cascade Parent Partnership Program

    For kids in grades 4-8

    Playing video games is fun but so is making them! Using problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, students create fun game play by brainstorming, outlining, and sketching components that will be featured in their games, like characters, game narrative, and objectives. They'll master all the art forms that go into making a finished game: such as game design, programming/logic, animation, graphics, testing, sound, and music. Using a 2D game development engine called Stencyl, students create their own Flash game to play and share on the computer.

  • December 6, 2018  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Stop Motion Animation School Enrichment
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register at Cascade Parent Partnership Program

    For kids in grades 4-8

    Create your own story 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 and bring them to life one frame at a time. 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, which truly bring their movies to life.

  • December 6, 2018  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    Space Adventures Lego Engineering School Enrichment ~ Registration Open!
    McGilvra Elementary School, 1617 38th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA

    Register at TOPS

    For kids in grades K-5

    Each week, students will learn about real-life space exploration and build a new model related to the NASA space program. Models include a satellite, a lunar module, a centrifuge which astronauts use to prepare for the physical sensations of launch, a treadmill which​ ​astronauts use to stay fit in space, and a “space robot”. During this unit, students will learn some of the science behind launching things into orbit, will hear about the most-distant man-made object in the universe, and discuss what it is like to be an astronaut in space. Are you a budding astronaut? An adventurer who loves space exploration? Then you’ll love our Space theme projects.L et Bricks 4 Kidz launch your imagination to outer-space and beyond!

  • December 6, 2018  3:45 pm - 3:45 pm
    Space Adventures Lego Engineering School Enrichment ~ Registration Open!
    Tops K-8 School, 2500 Franklin Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102, USA

    Register at location

    For kids in K-5

    Each week, students will learn about real-life space exploration and build a new model related to the NASA space program. Models include a satellite, a lunar module, a centrifuge which astronauts use to prepare for the physical sensations of launch, a treadmill which​ ​astronauts use to stay fit in space, and a “space robot”. During this unit, students will learn some of the science behind launching things into orbit, will hear about the most-distant man-made object in the universe, and discuss what it is like to be an astronaut in space. Are you a budding astronaut? An adventurer who loves space exploration? Then you’ll love our Space theme projects.L et Bricks 4 Kidz launch your imagination to outer-space and beyond!

  • December 7, 2018  9:00 am - 10:30 am
    Beginning Lego Robotics School Enrichment
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register at Cascade Parent Partnership Program

    For kids in grades 3-8
    The aim of this course is to have students utilize their critical and creative thinking skills by building robots that they design and program. Students will physically piece together logic with modular building blocks, build circuits, and discover how robotic creations operate in today's world.

  • December 7, 2018  10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Advanced Lego Robotics School Enrichment
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register at Cascade Parent Partnership Program

    For kids in grades 4-8

    The aim of this course is to have students utilize their critical and creative thinking skills by building robots that they design and program. Students will physically piece together logic with modular building blocks, build circuits, and discover how robotic creations operate in today's world.

  • December 7, 2018  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Beginning Lego Robotics School Enrichment
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register at Cascade Parent Partnership Program

    For kids in grades 3-8

    The aim of this course is to have students utilize their critical and creative thinking skills by building robots that they design and program. Students will physically piece together logic with modular building blocks, build circuits, and discover how robotic creations operate in today's world.

  • December 11, 2018  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Video Game Design School Enrichment
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register at Cascade Parent Partnership Program

    For kids in grades 4-8

    Playing video games is fun but so is making them! Using problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, students create fun game play by brainstorming, outlining, and sketching components that will be featured in their games, like characters, game narrative, and objectives. They'll master all the art forms that go into making a finished game: such as game design, programming/logic, animation, graphics, testing, sound, and music. Using a 2D game development engine called Stencyl, students create their own Flash game to play and share on the computer.

  • December 13, 2018  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Stop Motion Animation School Enrichment
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register at Cascade Parent Partnership Program

    For kids in grades 4-8

    Create your own story 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 and bring them to life one frame at a time. 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, which truly bring their movies to life.

  • December 13, 2018  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    Space Adventures Lego Engineering School Enrichment ~ Registration Open!
    McGilvra Elementary School, 1617 38th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA

    Register at TOPS

    For kids in grades K-5

    Each week, students will learn about real-life space exploration and build a new model related to the NASA space program. Models include a satellite, a lunar module, a centrifuge which astronauts use to prepare for the physical sensations of launch, a treadmill which​ ​astronauts use to stay fit in space, and a “space robot”. During this unit, students will learn some of the science behind launching things into orbit, will hear about the most-distant man-made object in the universe, and discuss what it is like to be an astronaut in space. Are you a budding astronaut? An adventurer who loves space exploration? Then you’ll love our Space theme projects.L et Bricks 4 Kidz launch your imagination to outer-space and beyond!

  • December 13, 2018  3:45 pm - 3:45 pm
    Space Adventures Lego Engineering School Enrichment ~ Registration Open!
    Tops K-8 School, 2500 Franklin Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102, USA

    Register at location

    For kids in K-5

    Each week, students will learn about real-life space exploration and build a new model related to the NASA space program. Models include a satellite, a lunar module, a centrifuge which astronauts use to prepare for the physical sensations of launch, a treadmill which​ ​astronauts use to stay fit in space, and a “space robot”. During this unit, students will learn some of the science behind launching things into orbit, will hear about the most-distant man-made object in the universe, and discuss what it is like to be an astronaut in space. Are you a budding astronaut? An adventurer who loves space exploration? Then you’ll love our Space theme projects.L et Bricks 4 Kidz launch your imagination to outer-space and beyond!

  • December 14, 2018  9:00 am - 10:30 am
    Beginning Lego Robotics School Enrichment
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register at Cascade Parent Partnership Program

    For kids in grades 3-8
    The aim of this course is to have students utilize their critical and creative thinking skills by building robots that they design and program. Students will physically piece together logic with modular building blocks, build circuits, and discover how robotic creations operate in today's world.

  • December 14, 2018  10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Advanced Lego Robotics School Enrichment
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register at Cascade Parent Partnership Program

    For kids in grades 4-8

    The aim of this course is to have students utilize their critical and creative thinking skills by building robots that they design and program. Students will physically piece together logic with modular building blocks, build circuits, and discover how robotic creations operate in today's world.

  • December 14, 2018  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Beginning Lego Robotics School Enrichment
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register at Cascade Parent Partnership Program

    For kids in grades 3-8

    The aim of this course is to have students utilize their critical and creative thinking skills by building robots that they design and program. Students will physically piece together logic with modular building blocks, build circuits, and discover how robotic creations operate in today's world.

  • December 18, 2018  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Video Game Design School Enrichment
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register at Cascade Parent Partnership Program

    For kids in grades 4-8

    Playing video games is fun but so is making them! Using problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, students create fun game play by brainstorming, outlining, and sketching components that will be featured in their games, like characters, game narrative, and objectives. They'll master all the art forms that go into making a finished game: such as game design, programming/logic, animation, graphics, testing, sound, and music. Using a 2D game development engine called Stencyl, students create their own Flash game to play and share on the computer.

The BEAM TEAM

Mickie Centrone

BEAM Manager

Mickie is the glue that connects the educational aspirations of Beam Experiences with the teacher management and engagement. At Beam, we pride ourselves in maintaining a high level of teacher to child engagement, as well as, having serious fun! Mickie’s educational background includes a Master of Fine Art in Creative Writing at the University of Washington.

Alex Bonfield

Beam Senior Teacher

Alex’s love and expertise in everything art, animation, video game creation, and robotics makes him a unique teacher at Beam. Alex also has a hand in all Beam curriculum creation in order to integrate STEAM in everything we do. Alex earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in computer animation from James Madison University.

Jazzy Gill

BEAM Teacher

Jazzy is an experienced educator who has worked alongside kids in various environments. She enjoys working out at the gym and going on adventures on the busy streets of Seattle. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Washington.

Melanie Corey-Ferrini

Beam Founder

She is also the CEO of Dynamikspace, a creative engineering firm. Melanie wanted to create classes for kids that allow for open and creative brainstorming of ideas in a risk-free environment. Melanie enjoys sketching while traveling, as well as building and tinkering in order to create new ideas.

Bei Cao

BEAM Teacher

Bei loves teaching Lego classes, Robotics and Video Game Design. She has a Masters in Secondary Education from UW, and is going to school for School Psychology at Seattle U.

Michelle Nelson

BEAM Teacher

Michele is an experienced educator and has worked with kids is many roles and settings. She's a dedicated volunteer and enjoys the challenge of ever-changing environments and motivating others to be their best. Michele loves walking her yellow lab and finding the best hiking trails in the Seattle area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in special education from the University of Florida.

Natalie Minas

BEAM Teacher

Natalie is passionate about children's socio-emotional growth through shared experiences and group problem-solving. She loves teaching for BEAM because it allows her to facilitate rewarding learning environments (and play with LEGOs!). When she's not teaching, she attends the Univ. of Washington for her Masters in Social Work.

Our BEAM Team is made up of artists, educators, architects, and engineers who all have a passion for teaching and creating compelling project-based experiences.It’s a cool job! Are you ready to share your passion for creative education? We are always looking for new Beam Team members. Send us your resume and cover letter. We will contact you when there are openings.

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BEAM in Your School

For Educators

Building robots, experimenting with stop motion, creating 3d structures with marshmallows and cardboard; these are the things that BEAM specializes in. We bring an exciting and hands on approach to STREAM based learning.

Learn more

Excited To Begin?

Click here for our program interest form and let us know what programs or events you would like at your location. You can download and send it back to us at studio@beamexperiences.com!

Interest Form

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For Parents

Are you interested in bringing one of our classes to your child’s school? Let us know! We are always excited to talk to people interested in what BEAM has to offer. Contact us with any questions you have below.


BEAM reserves the right to cancel a program at any time if it does not meet our minimum roster requirement of 8 students.