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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?

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  • June 24, 2019  9:00 am - June 28, 2019  12:00 pm
    Stop-Motion-Animation Camp ~ Registration Open!
    The Meridian School, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N # 242, Seattle, WA 98103, USA

    Register at The Meridian School

    For kids: 9-12

    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!

  • June 24, 2019  1:00 pm - June 28, 2019  4:00 pm
    Video Game Design Camp ~ Registration Open!
    The Meridian School, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N # 242, Seattle, WA 98103, USA

    Register at The Meridian School

    For kids: 9-12

    Playing video games is super fun, but so is making them! Campers will design 2D games with their own artwork and characters that they create -- having the ability to produce their own original video game. We’ll have fun engaging in the process of building an exciting game narrative. During the last day of camp, young video game designers will have the opportunity to play other campers’ games and showcase their own. What’s more: Campers will be able to continue to build and develop their game after camp ends so that the young game designers can share and play their video games with their friends and family.

  • June 24, 2019  9:00 am - June 28, 2019  12:00 pm
    Stop-Motion-Animation Camp ~ Registration Open!
    The Meridian School, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N # 242, Seattle, WA 98103, USA

    Register at The Meridian School

    For kids: 9-12

    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!

  • June 24, 2019  1:00 pm - June 28, 2019  4:00 pm
    Video Game Design Camp ~ Registration Open!
    The Meridian School, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N # 242, Seattle, WA 98103, USA

    Register at The Meridian School

    For kids: 9-12

    Playing video games is super fun, but so is making them! Campers will design 2D games with their own artwork and characters that they create -- having the ability to produce their own original video game. We’ll have fun engaging in the process of building an exciting game narrative. During the last day of camp, young video game designers will have the opportunity to play other campers’ games and showcase their own. What’s more: Campers will be able to continue to build and develop their game after camp ends so that the young game designers can share and play their video games with their friends and family.

  • June 24, 2019  9:00 am - June 28, 2019  12:00 pm
    Stop-Motion-Animation Camp ~ Registration Open!
    The Meridian School, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N # 242, Seattle, WA 98103, USA

    Register at The Meridian School

    For kids: 9-12

    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!

  • June 24, 2019  1:00 pm - June 28, 2019  4:00 pm
    Video Game Design Camp ~ Registration Open!
    The Meridian School, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N # 242, Seattle, WA 98103, USA

    Register at The Meridian School

    For kids: 9-12

    Playing video games is super fun, but so is making them! Campers will design 2D games with their own artwork and characters that they create -- having the ability to produce their own original video game. We’ll have fun engaging in the process of building an exciting game narrative. During the last day of camp, young video game designers will have the opportunity to play other campers’ games and showcase their own. What’s more: Campers will be able to continue to build and develop their game after camp ends so that the young game designers can share and play their video games with their friends and family.

  • July 1, 2019  9:00 am - July 5, 2019  12:00 pm
    Stop-Motion-Animation Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Click here to register now on 6Crickets!

    For kids 9-13

    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!

  • July 1, 2019  9:00 am - July 5, 2019  12:00 pm
    Jurassic World Lego Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Click here to register now on 6Crickets!

    For kids 5-11

    Let's embark on a Lego adventure of a lifetime as we build our own Jurassic World! Bricks 4 Kidz specialized models include a gentle Brontosaurus, a ferocious Velociraptor, and a terrifying T. Rex, among our other favorite dinosaurs. While using LEGO® Bricks, we'll also learn about the amazing dinosaurs that lived during the Jurassic Period and other extinct, prehistoric animals that roamed the earth and swam the seas during that era. All campers take home a custom mini-figure at the end of the week.

  • July 1, 2019  1:00 pm - July 5, 2019  4:00 pm
    Video Game Design Summer Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Playing video games is super fun, but so is making them! Campers will design 2D games with their own artwork and characters that they create -- having the ability to produce their own original video game. We’ll have fun engaging in the process of building an exciting game narrative. During the last day of camp, young video game designers will have the opportunity to play other campers’ games and showcase their own. What’s more: Campers will be able to continue to build and develop their game after camp ends so that the young game designers can share and play their video games with their friends and family.

    Click here to register now on 6Crickets!

  • July 8, 2019  9:00 am - July 12, 2019  4:00 pm
    Stop-Motion-Animation and Video Game Design Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Villa Academy, 5001 NE 50th St, Seattle, WA 98105, USA

    Click here to register on Villa Academy's website!


    For kids 11-14

    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!

    Video Game Design – 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.

  • July 8, 2019  1:00 pm - July 12, 2019  4:00 pm
    Galaxy Far Away Lego Engineering Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Westside School, 10404 34th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146, USA

    Register at Westside School!

    For kids 5-11

    Join us on an adventurous Star Wars journey through space at this all-day Lego Engineering camp! Build a spacecraft to blast through the atmosphere into a realm that is truly out of this world -- a world where motorized X-Wings and Tie Fighters have epic battles. Using LEGO® Bricks, create an entire Star Wars universe, building all the planets in Star Wars! We'll build motorized models that represent the ultimate space battle, where the future of an entire planet hangs in the balance. We'll compare this wondrous, fictionalized world to ours and build the Redstone Rocket, NASA's Gemini Capsule, satellites, and centrifuges. Experience this stellar journey to a galaxy far away! All campers take home a custom mini-figure at the end of the week.

  • July 15, 2019  9:00 am - July 19, 2019  4:00 pm
    Jurassic World Lego Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Villa Academy, 5001 NE 50th St, Seattle, WA 98105, USA

    Let's embark on a Lego adventure of a lifetime as we build our own Jurassic World! Bricks 4 Kidz specialized models include a gentle Brontosaurus, a ferocious Velociraptor, and a terrifying T. Rex, among our other favorite dinosaurs. While using LEGO® Bricks, we'll also learn about the amazing dinosaurs that lived during the Jurassic Period and other extinct, prehistoric animals that roamed the earth and swam the seas during that era. All campers take home a custom mini-figure at the end of the week.


    Click Here to register on Villa Academy's Website!

  • July 15, 2019  1:00 pm - July 19, 2019  4:00 pm
    Jurassic World Lego Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Westside School, 10404 34th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146, USA

    Register at Westside School

    For kids 5-11

    Let's embark on a Lego adventure of a lifetime as we build our own Jurassic World! Bricks 4 Kidz specialized models include a gentle Brontosaurus, a ferocious Velociraptor, and a terrifying T. Rex, among our other favorite dinosaurs. While using LEGO® Bricks, we'll also learn about the amazing dinosaurs that lived during the Jurassic Period and other extinct, prehistoric animals that roamed the earth and swam the seas during that era. All campers take home a custom mini-figure at the end of the week.

  • July 22, 2019  9:00 am - July 26, 2019  4:00 pm
    LEGO Mashup Engineering Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church, 2400 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117, USA

    Register on 6crickets!

    For ages 5-11

    Bricks 4 Kidz wants everyone to know just how AWESOME LEGO® can be! In our NEW Summer LEGO® Mashup Camp, you will experience a different LEGO® theme each day such as Star Wars, Superheroes & Villains, Harry Potter, Jurassic World, Pokemon, and much more! Your Master Builder will have a chance to create motorized models, color brick builds and our NEW LEGO® Mosaics. Have fun building LEGO® Tie Fighters from Star Wars, Batman’s tumbler, Harry Potter’s magical wand, or a T-Rex from Jurassic Park! Explore your super powers with Spiderman one day, and build a Minecraft Creeper the next! Can’t decide which you like more? Join us for this AWESOME Summer Camp and try them ALL! 

  • July 22, 2019  9:00 am - July 26, 2019  4:00 pm
    Robotics Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church, 2400 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117, USA

    Register on 6crickets!

    Ages 8-13
    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.

    Students will work in teams to build and complete a different creative challenge each day. They will create robots that dodge obstacles and react to their environment using ultrasonic, touch and light sensors. They will learn to program and troubleshoot complex robotic behaviors. The camp ends with an awesome battle-bot tournament!

  • July 22, 2019  9:00 am - July 26, 2019  4:00 pm
    Galaxy Far Away Lego Engineering Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Villa Academy, 5001 NE 50th St, Seattle, WA 98105, USA

    Join us on an adventurous Star Wars journey through space at this all-day Lego Engineering camp! Build a spacecraft to blast through the atmosphere into a realm that is truly out of this world -- a world where motorized X-Wings and Tie Fighters have epic battles. Using LEGO® Bricks, create an entire Star Wars universe, building all the planets in Star Wars! We'll build motorized models that represent the ultimate space battle, where the future of an entire planet hangs in the balance.

    Don't miss out on building a motorized Yoda, who will show how the best Jedi fight. Engineer your favorite droid, whether it be R2D2 or BB8. We'll compare this wondrous, fictionalized world to ours and build the Redstone Rocket, NASA's Gemini Capsule, satellites, and centrifuges. Experience this stellar journey to a galaxy far away! All campers take home a custom mini-figure at the end of the week.

    Click here to register on Villa Academy's website!

  • July 22, 2019  9:00 am - July 26, 2019  12:00 pm
    Things That Fly Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Westside School, 10404 34th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146, USA

    Click here to register at Westside School!

    For grades 3rd to 5th

    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!

    *Sign up for an additional camp on this day to turn it into a full-day camp.

  • July 22, 2019  1:00 pm - July 26, 2019  4:00 pm
    Video Game Design Summer Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Westside School, 10404 34th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146, USA

    Click here to register at Westside School!

    For grades 3rd to 5th

    Playing video games is super fun, but so is making them! Campers will design 2D games with their own artwork and characters that they create -- having the ability to produce their own original video game. We’ll have fun engaging in the process of building an exciting game narrative. During the last day of camp, young video game designers will have the opportunity to play other campers’ games and showcase their own. What’s more: Campers will be able to continue to build and develop their game after camp ends so that the young game designers can share and play their video games with their friends and family.

  • July 22, 2019  1:00 pm - July 26, 2019  4:00 pm
    Bugs & Microscopes Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Westside School, 10404 34th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146, USA

    Click here to register at Westside School!



    For grades K-5

    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.

    *Sign up for an additional camp on this day to turn it into a full-day camp.

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.

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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.