beam programs

SATURDAY ACADEMY takes place at the

University at Buffalo North Campus

from October 6th, 2018 to May 25th, 2019

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 7-8th grade class will take place EVERY 1st & 2nd Saturday of each month (excluding holidays) in  Furnas 210.

Each 9-12th grade class will take place EVERY 1st & 2nd Saturday of each month (excluding holidays) in NSC220.

Each K-6th grade class will take place every 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month in room NSC220.


*Saturday Academy Courses Offered in Previous Years:

7th & 8th Graders in NSC220 EVERY Saturday:

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!

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 in the Natural Sciences Complex (NSC) room 220

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

(Fall/Spring Applications open on September 1st)



(Guiding Innovative Resilient Leaders in the STEM fields)

Camp GIRLS is organized by a cast of women engineers and scientists. Our aim is to create an environment where girls in high school, just starting on their journey in the STEM world, can feel confident and comfortable to be themselves and ask the questions that really matter to them.

In a two-night, three-day summer camp, girls in grade 9-12, with an interest in a career in the STEM fields, will interact with current female STEM professionals. In team building activities and group discussion, campers will explore their passions and strengths. Through STEM workshops and panel discussions, campers will apply their science and engineering knowledge while learning important life skills to help them succeed in the years to come.

Our guarantee

Walk away with a contact who can write you a college recommendation letter.


Networking, communication, Leadership, STEM activities, Career path, Higher education


Along with nature hikes and team-building activities, campers will take part in workshops.


Escape Room: Can you use science to get the clues?

Shark Tank: Get the spark for a science inspired business!

Scavenger hunt: Get comfortable with not knowing the answer!

Egg Drop: Engineers learn from failure. How many eggs will you break before you succeed?

Diversity Champions: Learn how to handle uncomfortable situations and use diversity as strength.

What I See in You: Sometimes it’s hard to see what is awesome about us. So, let your mentors do the work!


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 K - 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 us at

(Applications CLOSED for 2018!)


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


BEAM clubs take place in participating schools in the Buffalo area. Students meet after school 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 program designed to spark an early interest in engineering in PreK - 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.

(Applications Currently CLOSED)