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SATURDAY ACADEMY Starts October 7th, 2017*

Saturday Academy is a program that occurs throughout the school year for students in grades K-12 from 9:30am to 11:30am on the University at Buffalo north campus.

Each 7-12 grade class will take place EVERY Saturday (excluding holidays).

Each K-6th grade class will take place every 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month.


We have Saturday afternoon FIELD TRIPS!!!
-Such as: FIELD TRIP TO PENN DIXIE FOSSIL PARK on October 7th, 2017 (FREE for registered BEAM students 7th-12th grade only) to celebrate the 20th Annual WNY Earth Science Day. Learn about the Earth in an outdoors and family-friendly setting.
Watch earth scientists as they exhibit and demonstrate various aspects of the profession. View drill rigs and watch a demonstration on rock coring and drilling operations. Sunspots and solar flares will also be visible through telescopes along with fossil collecting and a variety of other activities. Details:

Lunch and transportation provided. Students will be picked up after Saturday Academy (day ends at 3pm-parents pickup at UB North at 3pm). Details sent to registrants' parents via email.

*Saturday Academy Courses:

7th & 8th Graders:

Full STEAM Ahead!!!

Real Engineers & PhDs will engage students in a variety of engineering activities and projects that will open students' minds to different STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, Math) perspectives. Students hone their creative thought process, problem solving skills, and use teamwork as they are enabled to become more critical thinkers and doers!

9th & 10th Graders:


Veteran engineers Melissa Delmonte & Peter Talty engage students in BEAM's Lego Mindstorms course where students work in cooperative teams to build & learn to program their own robots opening their minds to different STEM perspectives. Students’ creative problem solving skills grow exponentially as they are enabled to become critical thinkers and creators of the future!

11th & 12th Graders:

Power Trip!

A Course on Energy, Engineering, Climate Change, and Public Policy

Curious about engineering? Want to learn about alternative energy and climate change? Want to solve real world problems with your friends?

In this course, students will work in teams and with Praxair engineering professionals Dr. Dalar Nazarian & Dr. Ines Stuckert, to become informed energy users and future scientists and engineers. In a project-based, interactive environment, students will dive into the science, policy, social implications, and communication of different energy resources and uses. We will cover fossil fuel, wind, solar, nuclear, and alternative energy resources. We will discuss sustainable transportation, batteries, and the energy grid. Students will compete in 3 challenges to research solutions, build energy tools, and present their work to a committee of their peers.


K-12th Graders and their families:

STEM Demo Saturdays!

Praxair Engineers & PhDs will engage students & families in engineering activities and projects that will open the students' minds to different STEM perspectives. Students hone their creative thought process, problem solving skills, and teamwork as they are enabled to become critical thinkers. FAMILIES WELCOME!!! (K-6th MUST be accompanied by an adult).

When: Every 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month from 9:30 to 11:30am.

Where: UB North Campus (classroom revealed in acceptance email)

*Details subject to change. Check email after you register your child. Thank you.

(Fall/Spring Applications open on September 1st)


We encourage parents, teachers, and tech advisors to volunteer for BEAM programs.


In the summer months of every year, 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.

Students spend the summer participating in enrichment activities that provide intensive instruction in the topics of mathematics, science, communications, and computer applications.


BEAM students learn from the best in the business by working with legitimate engineers, tech advisors, PhDs, researchers, educators, and current college engineering students. We partner with firms such as Du Pont, Moog, Praxair, and Cannon Design, to name only a few. We feel that it's never too early to "gear" our students toward greatness -pun intended.

All summer program participants will also attend field trips to enhance their learning experiences and receive valuable career information from speakers in the field.

Interested in volunteering for and/or starting a BEAM Summer Program? Contact Dr. Paul Spitale at

(Applications currently CLOSED)



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.

The projects range from simple to complex. A simple project could be one that lasts one week such as making paper airplanes and exploring aerospace principles. A complex project could be a year-long effort to build regulation size canoes while exploring the fluid mechanics necessary for a maiden voyage.

Projects also vary with the age and ability of students in the club.


Interested in volunteering and/or starting a BEAM club?

Contact Dr. Paul Spitale at

(Applications Currently CLOSED)


BEAM Junior is a hands-on pilot program designed to spark an early interest in engineering in 1st through 6th graders.

Students learn 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 design models of inventions that will have a positive impact on real-world issues such as reducing waste.

This year's BEAM Jr. is held at West Hertel Academy on May 6th and 13th from 10AM to 1PM.

(Applications Currently CLOSED)