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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 for grades 1-8.

BEAM creates experiences that are fun, creative, challenging, and cool! Our classes, camps, workshops and events provide an environment to imagine and inspire. We provide in-school and after-school programs that integrate the multidisciplinary aspects of ideating, brainstorming, outlining ideas, building, and creating. Our teachers challenge and guide students through unique projects while having fun in a risk-free environment.

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

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. Read our full program 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!

Build & Fly

Things We Build – 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.

 

Things We Fly – Did you know that the first airplane was invented over one hundred years ago? In the Things That Fly camp, kids will learn the science and art of creating and understanding all the coolest things that take-off, soar, and float. Students will create wood & paper airplanes to compete in various contests, they will construct hot-air balloons out of every day materials, and even build different types of school-safe rockets! Buckle up and take to the skies, pilot!

Art & Animation

3D Art – Dive into the world of sculpture, model building and drawing from life. Students learn a variety of art techniques, then are allowed to create freely, armed with their new hands-on knowledge and materials.

 

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!

Seed to Plate

Urban Farming – Students will set up a small farm plot at their school or community center, and learn about harvesting veggies for sustainable food in an urban environment.

Food Chemistry and Nutrition – A course all about the science of food. We learn how food is grown, prepared and how it affects your body.

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.

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.

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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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!
  • April 19, 2019  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.

  • April 19, 2019  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.

  • April 19, 2019  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.

  • April 23, 2019  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.

  • April 25, 2019  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.

  • April 26, 2019  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.

  • April 26, 2019  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.

  • April 26, 2019  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.

  • April 30, 2019  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.

  • May 2, 2019  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.

  • May 3, 2019  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.

  • May 3, 2019  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.

  • May 3, 2019  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.

  • May 7, 2019  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.

  • May 9, 2019  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.

  • May 10, 2019  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.

  • May 10, 2019  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.

  • May 10, 2019  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.

  • May 14, 2019  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.

  • May 16, 2019  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.

  • May 17, 2019  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.

  • May 17, 2019  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.

  • May 17, 2019  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.

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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Partners

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.

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Excited To Begin?

Click here for our program interest form and let us know what programs or events you would like at your location.

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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.