9th Grade

Science

At Moses Brown, the Science department strives to nurture a spirit of inquiry in every ninth grader. Laboratory experiments, field observations, and group work guide students as they study the natural and physical sciences and consider the implications of science in modern life. In every discipline, students apply the scientific method and their best critical thinking to connect concrete data to the topics they are learning.

Biology is organized around Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection, and brings together biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, biodiversity, and ecology. To help students adjust to the rigor of this course, we coach and reinforce good study skills, both in the classroom and suggesting approaches for out-of-class work that will help students stay ahead of the material and get the most out of every class. For students with a strong background in laboratory-based science and an interest in the natural world, Honors Biology offers an opportunity to study much of the same material in greater depth. Along with a strong background in science, Honors Biology students should have strong reading, analytical, and mathematical skills.

Students who choose to take conceptual physics are exposed to the fundamental principles and processes that govern the physical world. They learn to apply these principles and processes in the context of forces and motion, energy, electricity and magnetism, and waves. In addition, students engage with laboratory investigations to support their conceptual understanding of the content.

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Working on the Marshmallow Challenge

Upper school engineering students, fourth grade science students, and a small group of faculty and staff recently took part in a combined Marshmallow Challenge in the Lower School Science Lab.

Faculty

Eric Aaronian

Upper School Science and Cross Divisional Science Department Head

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Eric Aaronian

Drew University – B.A.
Tufts University – M.S.

Kate Turner

Upper School Science, Global Awareness/TRIPs Tri-Clerk

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Kate Turner

Skidmore College – B.A.

David Moss

Upper School Science

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David Moss

Bowling Green State University – B.S.
Indiana University – Ph.D.

John Doll

Upper School Science

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John Doll

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Degree – Ph.D.

Rice University – B.A. (History and Biochemistry)

Tom Leger

Upper School Science

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Tom Leger

Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education
Degree – M.A.

Cornell University – B.A.

Donna Corcoran

Upper School Science

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Donna Corcoran

Brown University – M.A.

Columbia University – B.S.

Providence College – B.S.

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