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Born in Seattle by local architects and artists passionate about children’s education and creative play, BEAM Experiences offers hands-on guided learning for grades 1-8. Our curriculum is STEAM based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) with a focus on creativity, exploration and experimentation.

BEAM teachers guide students through project-based challenges in a risk-free environment. Students will emerge from each class, camp, or workshop with expanded STEAM knowledge and a unique experience.

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School Enrichment

After-school programs, offering guided lessons that promote creative problem-solving in a fun, lab-type setting, are 90 or 120 minutes, once per 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. Read our full class descriptions here

All Things Robots

Jr. Robotics – Construct moving contraptions out of the newest educational robotics materials! Students will learn about motorized construction techniques and build a foundation for our advanced course.

 

Advanced Robotics – Unleash the creative powers of the LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 by building and programming real, functioning robots! Students will participate in group and individual challenges to build emerging critical and creative thinking skills.

Game Design

Video Games – Video games are not only fun to play, but fun to create! Students use a 2D game development engine called Stencyl to design, animate, program and test their own Flash game that they can play and share on the computer.

 

Tabletop Games – Ever dreamed of playing a tabletop game from your imagination? Students will play and study a variety of games, including puzzles, card games, and board games, then work in teams to design their own custom experiences!

Art & Animation

Stop-Motion Animation – Bring your story to life by making stop motion animated movies! Working in teams, students build sets and characters using materials such as LEGO® bricks, white boards, and origami, then write, direct, and edit a unique story to share with the world!

New & Cool

Bugs & Microscopes – Bugs are everywhere! Did you know that 90% of animals on earth are insects? Get to know the critters in your backyard with Bugs & Microscopes! Students will learn to care for our tiny friends by building bug motels and ant farms. Then we’ll put on our biology hats and explore the local wilderness to catalog bugs with hand-made microscopes and wildlife journals. We know insects and spiders are much more than creepy-crawlies, and we hope to teach students just how interesting, helpful and cool they really are.

Papercraft & Origami Join Beam Experiences for an adventure in papercraft! We fold together classical origami techniques and modern mathematical concepts to explore all the amazing and beautiful properties of paper.

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.
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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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Birthday Parties

We have temporarily stopped offering birthday parties. Check in again soon!

-The Beam Team

Nothing from December 10, 2019 to January 10, 2020.

The BEAM TEAM

Alex Bonfield

Beam Director

Alex’s love and expertise in everything art, animation, video game creation, and robotics makes him a unique teacher at Beam. Alex 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.

Ava Benami

Beam Director

Ava is passionate about science education and the natural world. She’s excited about expanding BEAM’s Science-related curriculum when she’s not running Operations for the whole team! She has spent the majority of her career working in the veterinary field, and is now pursuing her Bachelor of Fisheries & Wildlife at Oregon State University. She is an avid bird-watcher and wilderness explorer in her free time.

Michele 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.

Irina Ioana Jinga

BEAM Teacher

Irina is a geologist and a teacher, with over 2 years experience in informal education. She has worked with over 1500 children, making science fun and accessible for all. As a passionate educator, she believes that future innovation starts with developing curiosity in children today.

Valerie Bentivegna

BEAM Teacher

Valerie is a science communicator, science writer, and bio-engineer. She has a Ph.D. in Life Sciences from the University of Dundee (Scotland) and has found a way to use LEGO in her research. While she loves science and engineering, and loves talking about STEM even more. She is tall, nerdy and clumsy (not necessarily in that order); she loves LEGO, traveling and singing songs with her blue ukulele.

Brandy Jackson

Beam Teacher

Teaching is Brandy's passion. Since a very young age, she has always wanted to teach. She is prepared and ready for her next amazing new adventure. In Brandy's own words: "honestly, I feel like I haven't worked a day since I've been here! It's so exciting and fun to build the different Lego creations with the students!" Brandy holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Nicholls State University in Louisiana.

Elaine Nguyen

BEAM Teacher

Elaine is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Washington studying Health Informatics and Health Information Management with a minor in Education, Learning, and Society. One of her favorite hobbies is to travel. Some of her favorite places she's been include Vietnam, Ireland, and Banff National Park in Canada.

Tio Rahel

BEAM Teacher

Tio Rahel holds a degree from University of Washington Bothell in Community Psychology and Education. She is a Doctor of Psychology graduate student at Northwest University with a passion for the field of psychology and education. Tio believes in the idea of creative learning. Meaning that "learning" should not be limited to a classroom setting. In the past, Tio has worked with children with special needs. After completing her current study program, Tio is hoping to pursue her goal to be a child psychologist.

Jay Egbert

BEAM Teacher

Jay's love of LEGO brought him in touch with the great people at Beam! He teaches robotics and has recently graduated from Brigham Young University Idaho with a Bachelor's in History.

Collin Pernu

BEAM Teacher

Collin's interest in STEM began when LEGO robotics was taught to him, and he wants to engage the next generation in the same way. He is currently working towards an Electrical Engineering degree at the University of Washington. Collin enjoys going on adventures in his free time such as climbing, hiking, or exploring the city.

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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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.

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