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BEAM is committed to building diversity in STEM fields by encouraging, supporting and preparing underrepresented students of all ages to pursue a future in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics.

Want a BEAM class at your location?

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BEAM at your convenience

Let's make it happen. Free for students and very low-cost for schools, community centers, churches, clubs, etc.

BEAM recruits real engineers who are accomplished in their industry. We have instructors with the 3P's: Patents, Published, & PhDs -oh my!

In the above picture, Dr. Dalar Nazarian from Praxair Inc. shows high school girls how to connect gears, motors, and electronics to build robots for their upcoming FIRST Robotics Competition.

When students learn real-life skills from the best of the best, they see their own potential, allowing them to be empowered, successful, and flourish!

Contact our Program Director Dr. Paul Spitale for more information: or (716) 645-3980



Beginning at the middle-school level, BEAM offers a variety of programs designed to provide hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering and math.


Saturday Academy

Saturday Academy is a program that occurs throughout the school year for students in grades 7-12. Students participate in activities that allow them to experience various aspects of engineering first-hand.

Participants meet twice a month on Saturday mornings to work on projects such as building solar cars, or creating Lego Mindstorm robots.

Some groups participate in culminating events and competitions that allow them to test their creations and compete with students from other areas.


Summer Program

Students have the opportunity to continue developing their skills in STEM throughout the summer by participating in a BEAM summer program.

Summer programs are available for students entering grades 8 - 12 and take place at partnering colleges in the Buffalo area.



BEAM clubs take place in participating schools in the Buffalo area. Students meet after school for one hour on a weekly basis and work on engineering and/or science projects.

Each program establishes its own curriculum but all of them consist of hands-on projects that demonstrate math, science or computer principles.


BEAM Junior

BEAM Junior is a new hands-on pilot program designed to spark an early interest in engineering in first- and second-graders.

This past year, students learned how to build simple machines using Legos before putting their knowledge to the test in the Junior First Lego League’s annual Waste Wise challenge. For the challenge, students designed models of inventions that would have a positive impact on a real-world issue: reducing waste.




Whether you're a parent, a BEAM alum, a community member, a business owner, or simply have some extra time to volunteer, there is an opportunity for you to get involved.


Our network


BEAM would not be able to accomplish what it does today without the generous support of its sponsors and partners. We collaborate with a wide range of educational institutions, companies, and community organizations.


Casino Night

was a blast!!!

Thank you to all who came and/or supported the BEAM 1st Annual Casino Night Event!