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
- Expanding water polymers
- Hand crank generators that make electric circuits and send artistic designs flying
Is your child interested in robots?
Intermediate Design SquadThis 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 NicolsonChristina 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. www.karplab.net 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.
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