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BEAM Experiences offers hands-on guided learning for children grades 1-8, as well as interactive retreats for adults. We believe that learning should be fun, but also challenging. BEAM Experiences provides STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and mathematics) programs that integrate current and future thinking. 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.project-based experiences using the BEAM process.

School Enrichment

Program Overview

The BEAM process provides both experiential and hands-on STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and mathematics) 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.

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!

The aim of this course is to have students create a 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 which 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!

The aim of this course is to create a one-of-a-kind animated movie, complete with dialogue and hand-made set designs. Working in teams of 2-3, students design, direct, and edit a unique story. Participants build their background and sets using materials such as; LEGO® bricks, white boards, origami, and recycled materials to fuel inventiveness. They then learn how to add dialogue and 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.

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

And stay tuned for our new programs at Atlas Workbase coming this Fall!

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!
  • June 25, 2018  9:00 am - June 29, 2018  4:00 pm
    Galaxy Far Away Lego Engineering Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church, 2400 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117, USA

    Register on 6crickets

    For kids 5+

    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 on engineering your favorite droid, whether it be R2D2 or BB8.

  • June 25, 2018  9:00 am - June 29, 2018  4:00 pm
    Jr. Robotics Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church, 2400 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117, USA

    Register on 6crickets

    For kids 7+

    Learn to hack your world! Camperrs, come join this enriched robotics camp that'll have you playing with a diverse set of technology. Throughout the week, we'll tinker with our 3-D printer, designing and watching models grow before our eyes. We'll unleash the creative powers of the hands-on WEDO and LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 set by creating robots that can race, dodge walls, and complete obstacle courses. 

    Want to turn your next LEGO creation into a robot, programmed to do exactly what you tell it to do? This fun, action-packed Jr Robotics camp combines real life skills with real kid fun! 

  • July 2, 2018  9:00 am - July 6, 2018  4:00 pm
    Jurassic World Lego Engineering Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register on 6crickets

    For kids 5+

    Join us on we embark on an adventure of a lifetime as we enter Jurassic World at this all-day Lego Engineering camp! Build a gentle Brontosaurus, ferocious Velociraptor, and a terrifying T. Rex. Using LEGO® Bricks, create an entire dinosaur-filled habitat as we discover amazing dinosaurs that lived during the Jurassic Period. Other extinct, prehistoric animals roamed the earth and swam the seas during that era and millions of years later, let's build them too. All campers take home a custom mini-figure at the end of the week.


    *NO CLASS ON JULY 4TH

  • July 9, 2018  9:00 am - July 13, 2018  4:00 pm
    Transformers Lego Engineering Camp ~ Regitration Open!
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register on 6crickets

    For kids 5+

    Enter the exciting world of Transformers at this all-day Lego Engineering camp! Campers will build awesome 2-in-1 models that include some of your favorite Transformers as well as exciting robots, vehicles and more! Build a helicopter that transforms into a Dino Bot, a dragster car that turns into a Bot (robot), a semi truck that turns into… think: Optimus Prime, and a fire truck that transforms into a Fire Fire Robot! 

    Campers will love combination models that can be rebuilt into something different – and will be encouraged to create their own kinds of transformers. We will be igniting our inner engineers by using our imaginations to transform our builds into something… unique. Join us for this fun-filled camp where you’ll use your creativity and engineering skills to build and transform! All campers take home a custom mini-figure at the end of the week.

  • July 9, 2018  9:00 am - July 13, 2018  4:00 pm
    Robotics and Video Game Design Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register on 6crickets

    For kids: 8+

    From 9 am to noon, learn to hack your world! Campers, come join this enriched robotics camp that'll have you playing with a diverse set of technology. Throughout the week, we'll tinker with our 3-D printer, designing and watching models grow before our eyes. We'll unleash the creative powers of the hands-on LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 set by creating robots that can race, dodge walls, and complete obstacle courses. 

    From 1 to 4 pm, ​c​ampers, bring your games to life by designing video games! ​ ​We'll have fun mastering the art of video game design by designing 2D games with their own artwork and characters that they create. They​'l​​l have full license in producing the video game of their dreams​ -- and​ have fun engaging in the process of building an exciting game narrative.

  • July 16, 2018  9:00 am - July 20, 2018  4:00 pm
    Minecraft Lego Engineering Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register on 6crickets

    For kids 5+

    Experience the world of Minecraft with bricks in this fun Lego engineering camp! Using our specialized kits and builds, kids will craft shelters and mobs, critters, and tools. Campers will face new challenges each day while crafting key elements from the popular Minecraft game. Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. During free play, we'll do the same --- all the while making sure shelters are built before the monsters come out at night! All campers take home a custom mini-figure at the end of the week.

  • July 16, 2018  9:00 am - July 20, 2018  4:00 pm
    Jr. Robotics Camp ~ Registration Open!
    Cascade Parent Partnership Program, 2919 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

    Register on 6crickets

    For kids 7+

    Learn to hack your world! Camperrs, come join this enriched robotics camp that'll have you playing with a diverse set of technology. Throughout the week, we'll tinker with our 3-D printer, designing and watching models grow before our eyes. We'll unleash the creative powers of the hands-on WEDO and LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 set by creating robots that can race, dodge walls, and complete obstacle courses. 

    Want to turn your next LEGO creation into a robot, programmed to do exactly what you tell it to do? This fun, action-packed Jr Robotics camp combines real life skills with real kid fun! 

Instructors

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 at 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

Aaron Miller

BEAM Teacher

Aaron’s passion for robotic engagement and programming makes him a great team member of Beam. Aaron enjoys building workshops and curriculum around the latest in robotic thinking. From kids workshops to robot date night, Aaron’s passion is infectious.

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.

Leah Wapnitsky

BEAM Party Host

Leah is a seasoned, experiential educator. When not in front of a Lego® build, she's cooking, doing volunteer work, or searching for the best bagel in Seattle.

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.

Adrian Helmus

BEAM Teacher

Adrian is an eclectic, lifetime learner who loves to build and play. When she's not constructing awesome Lego creations with Beam students, she's either grooming dogs or live-streaming her gaming channel on Twitch.

Are you ready to share your passion for STREAM education and fun! We are always looking for new Beam Team members. Send us your resume and cover letter. We will contact you as there are openings.

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Partners

BEAM in Your School

BEAM In Your School

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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Get In Touch!

Are you interested in becoming a BEAM teacher or bringing one of our classes to you child’s school? Let us know! We are always excited to talk to people interested in what BEAM has to offer.


~ Summer Camps open for registration! ~