An Evening of Dinner and Board Games

Our fifth annual Board Games Night will be held on Monday, December 11 from 6:30-9:30pm at the NoMad Hotel.  Supporters are invited to meet students and play our favorite games: Ricochet Robots, Set, chess, Apples to Apples, and more. 


How can we create a realistic pathway for underserved students to become scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and programmers?  Join us for a low-key evening of board games and dinner, and meet some truly amazing kids from across New York City who are growing up to achieve great things in STEM against all odds.

We'll have good food and drink, some of our staff and students for you to meet, and several games, many of which you might not have heard of!  If you're less interested in board games, we invite you to enjoy it as a fun reception and dinner.

The event begins at 6:30 with drinks and hors d'oeuvres.  During this time, students will invite you to join a table where you all can play a favorite board game.  This is followed by dinner beginning at 7:30. Over dinner, students will present about their experiences with BEAM, and you'll be invited to ask questions.  Feel free to show up at any time.  Business casual dress recommended.

Some Questions and Answers

What is BEAM?

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics is a project to help underserved students in New York City build a foundation for advanced study and then enter a pathway toward STEM success at the college level. Students join BEAM in middle school and stay with us through 12th grade graduation. BEAM's summer programs are BEAM 6 (a summer program in NYC) and BEAM 7 (a residential program on a college campus).  During these summer programs, students study advanced mathematics, including topics like logic and number theory, as well as applied mathematics, like computer programming and coding theory.  After students complete these programs, we help them enter into excellent schools and summer programs, supporting them throughout their 8th grade and high school years so that they can achieve at the highest levels.

Where do the students end up?

With BEAM's support, our alumni are admitted to and attend selective high schools such as Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech, and Bard High School Early College; summer programs such as the Center for Talented Youth, MathPath, and the Mathworks Honors Summer Mathcamp at Texas State University; and enrichment programs such as the New York Math Circle and All Star Code.

The oldest BEAM students (our summer 2011 & 2012 cohorts) are in college, studying math, computer science, engineering, medicine, chemistry, psychology, and more. They attend a range of private and public colleges, including Barnard, Wesleyan, Bard, Ithaca, the University of Rochester, Colby, SUNY Albany, and CUNY's Lehman College.  

Can I come late?

You are welcome to come by at any time!  Feel free to leave a comment to tell us when to expect you so that we can order the appropriate amount of dinner.

What board games will there be?

That was the big question on our mind, too!  You can expect to see old standbys like chess, Set, and Apples to Apples, but also some more unusual games like Blokus, Ingenious, Ricochet Robots, Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Codenames, Tsuro, and Hanabi.

What if I don't like board games?

Well... you can come anyway.  More seriously, there will be great conversation and people to meet.

Is this a fundraising event?

We want to introduce people to our work.  We hope that you'll fall in love with it and decide to contribute, but above all our goal is to have a good time and get new supporters of all kinds.

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