10th Grade


In addition to reading, writing and arithmetic, students need to be able to create digital environments, not just use them.  Coding stresses computational thinking, in which students break a problem down and express a solution in steps that a computer can understand.  After all, in the 21st century, the ability to code will be as critical to their success as reading and arithmetic were for their parents.  No matter what field they choose, computers will be part of their work and daily life, and they will find themselves more capable and independent if they understand how computers work.

Tenth graders get to stretch their brains in one of our many STEM electives:

Engineering Design
Robotics Programming
The Art of Science

In Engineering Design, students use math and science to create functional prototypes and weight-bearing structures, learning how to use different materials and forms to achieve their aims.  Python, Arduino, and Robotics Programming challenge students to write code that controls apps, electronic circuits, or servos and motors.  Tinker-maker is the perfect place for young inventors, and The Art of Science dives into the fascinating intersection of two disciplines.  Just as Charles Darwin used his sketches to illustrate his theory of natural selection, and artists like Björk have used computer programming to create operatic theatrical experiences, students apply their scientific knowledge, artistic skill, and fertile imaginations to create something wonderful.

With a VEX robotics team, chess club, and more, students have ample opportunities to stretch their abilities with interested faculty and like-minded friends.  And in addition to class work, they have access to Moses Brown’s 5,000-square-foot Y-lab, a maker space open to everyone in the Moses Brown community that serves as a home for tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs of any age.


Programming in Action

I love Python Programming

Watch Jenny L. ’18 describe how she discovered her interest in programming at Moses Brown.

VEX Robotics

Robotics team preps for VEX competition

We checked in with the upper school VEX robotics team as they prepared to compete in the Southern New England Regional Championship.


Abigail Isom

STEM Director, Upper School Mathematics, Expert Thinking Tri-Clerk


Abigail Isom

Hobart & William Smith Colleges – B.A.
Roger Williams University – M.A.

David Husted ’86

Director of Innovation and Design


David Husted ’86

Roger Williams University – B.S.
Harvard Graduate School of Education – Ed.M.

Dave Wasser

Middle School Technology, Upper School Technology and Technology Integrationist


Dave Wasser

Union College – B.A.
University of Connecticut – M.A.

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