Beam Center Updates


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Beam Updates

Inventgenuity Festival 2018 - Nose/Knows

Our 9th annual Festival weekend was a smell-tacular success! Held on March 24 & 25 at The Brooklyn New School, we had 400+ Kids and Families
30+ Beam Teens
10+ Amazing Beam Instructors
and 1 Live-Streaming, Giant Glowing Schnoz 

PLUS over $3,000+ raised for Day Camp Scholarships!

Thanks to ConEdison for support for the Festival and Beam Center's work in Brooklyn FabLab schools!

More photos and fun here.

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Posted April 2018

Announcing Beam Camp Projects 2018!

We're thrilled to announce the projects for Beam Camp NH 2018! This year's international design competition netted over 50 submissions, from which we have selected two incredible projects. Join us this summer to build big and dream big! Check out Beam Camp in New Hampshire for more details.

  Posted February 2018

Posted February 2018



Beam Youth Leader Recognized as SuperStar!

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Calvin Stalvig, Director of the BeamWorks Apprentice program and Youth Development Leader, was awarded 1st place in the Algorhythm SuperStar Youth Development Awards! This past spring and summer, over 90% of Beam Apprentices had statistically significant socio-emotional learning gains due to participation in our program. 

Calvin was key in helping youth gain self-confidence, develop team-building skills and increase their positive identity. We are thrilled that Calvin and Beam Center were recognized for our work with youth!

This summer, high school Apprentices learned about NYC water ecology, developed STEM lessons which they taught to younger children and took field trips to explore and discover NYC's waterways. 

Posted January 2018


Making Memories 2017

Thanks for your reflections on MAKING Memories of 2017. We are deeply grateful for the thoughtful and strenuous collaboration of the all the kids, teens, teachers, staff and guest artists who have made incredible projects with us this year. 

MAKE A MOMENT was the theme of our year-end campaign. We were proud to highlight our youth, artists and projects. 

Thank you for all your support! Your donations exceeded our goals and help us make a difference for NYC youth in 2018! 

Posted December 2017

Let's build big together.
An intergalactic salvage station struck by a meteor, a solar-powered cinematic riff on a French film from 1902, a 2-story arboreal kaleidoscope: every year, Beam Camp solicits proposals for unique and spectacular large-scale projects that serve as the centerpiece for a 25-day session of camp, during which they are built and brought to life by 100 campers and staff. Deadline for submissions is January 7, 2018.
Posted October 2017

Experience Beam Camp NH Summer 2017

We had a great summer with hundreds of kids in New Hampshire. We were thrilled to be profiled by Todd Bookman of NH Public Radio, by The Weather Channel and by two Beamers as part of their independent projects. Great photos of the Kinetic Cluster and Salvage Station No. 8!    
Posted September 2017

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Big, Bold Beam Apprenticeship

We had our biggest Apprenticeship summer yet working with over 80 teenagers in three locations (one in Brooklyn and two in the Bronx). Two groups created “Watershed” a rolling educational cart with games designed to teach younger children about water ecology, while another group created a “Solar-powered Satellite Dish” that communicated with plants! The Brooklyn teens took the Watershed to several local playgrounds in Red Hook, engaging younger kids in learning about science and the environment.

Teens also explored NYC waterways by going canoeing on Newtown Creek and taking a trip to the Rockaways! It was the first time many of the teens either rode a canoe or swam at the New York beach.

Posted September 2017 

Beam Block Party

On June 3rd, we celebrated our 1st Beam Block Party, showcasing the work of our students from 23 public schools all over NYC! Thanks to parents, teens and special guests who stopped by. Learn more and see photos here 

Posted June 2017

Beam Center Awarded $100,000 in Susan Crown Exchange Digital Challenge

Beam Center was selected as one of 8 nationwide programs to participate in the Susan Crown Exchange Challenge with an accompanying award of $100,000. We are proud to be recognized as an exemplary program using digital tools for learning and serving youth ages 13-18 in out-of-school settings. Each program focuses on skill growth by working with youth to create and connect hands-on learning experiences to life, work and play beyond the program. Read more here.

Posted May 2017