About the STEM Team programs

2 – 7 Levels

Design Squad, Jr.

Make original and ancient inventions from scratch, and take them home. Like PBS TV Kids Show, this course is your chance to build and re-engineer everyday things and recycled stuff into cool science toys and games. You’ll build and take apart simple machines and gizmos. Three of the favorites are
  1. Expanding water polymers
  2. Micro-robots
  3. Hand crank generators that make electric circuits and send artistic designs flying
Along the way you will have fun learning about materials science (e.g. papyrus) and the physics of force, motion, and leverage (e.g. catapult). Inevitably, your work will inspire investigations and experiments that use mathematics. Former students have made presentation at the Museum of Science on biomimicry, Mass Audubon, and the MIT Museum. Lessons are held on: Friday 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Is your child interested in robots?

MathPlus School is offering a new Robotics/STEAM program that introduces children to various robots, teaches them how they were made and shows/instructs them on how to make robots of their own. If you are interested in learning more about this workshop email or call (617)308-2603 The monthly cost of the program is $140. We will be offering the class on Saturdays, so it can be a fun add-on to a math class your child might already be taking that day.
Robotics/STEAM program

Intermediate Design Squad

This STEM course is designed for intellectually-motivated students. You will dig deeply into the following topics: force and motion, biomedical engineering inspired by animals, devices generating electricity and magnetism, chemical reactions, nanotechnology, and robotics. Using iPads, books, and other scientific resources, you will do independent research to design a slide show, art piece, and product advertisement. In addition, you will make your own microscope slides and a model of a “honeycomb sandwich panel. Perhaps you will be on a debate team about bioethics. You will be able to take home most of the design work you do. In April 2018 you will be invited to Mrs. Nic’s 9th Annual Karplab Tour. Lessons are held on: Friday 5:30 – 6:30 pm Tuition Fees : $35 / 60 min lesson. Monthly fee is $140. The group: max 5-8 students.

Biographical Profile for Design Squad Teacher: Christina Nicolson

Christina Nicolson’s students have called her Mrs. Nic for over two decades of 4-6 level teaching at the Pike School and Riverbend School (Montessori). The National Science Foundation honored her with “The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching,” which opened the doors for her to lead seminars, to design curricula, to publish multi-disciplinary articles, and to direct events for the MIT Museum. For eight years Mrs. Nic has trained visitors for tours hosted by her mentor, Jeffrey M. Karp, biomedical engineer. Christina’s professional portfolio includes private tutoring and STEM courses for after- school and summer camp at Belmont Day School, MathPlus in Newton, and Belmont Public Schools. She has been fortunate to teach STEM classes after school at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols. This summer Christina led STEM Speciality Camp for 7 weeks for students in levels 4-7. To get more information – Contact us.
We inspire your child to build on his/her natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning. MathPlus School helps to find new kids talents. Engineering is one of the exciting activities for kids. It teaches strategic thinking, logic and uses physics and math knowledge in practice and it’s also fun, too!

Thomas Edison developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.

February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931

American inventor and businessman