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STEAM Workshops
Join Derby for engaging, hands-on workshops led by our talented faculty! While space is limited, these free events are open to the public for students in Grades 3-5. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming workshops!

For questions, call us at 781-749-0746 x146 or email

Current Workshop Descriptions

Spies and espionage, banking and finance, email and social media — secret messages are used globally to secure information. The science of scrambling and unscrambling secret messages is called cryptology. Learn about code, ciphers, encryption, and enciphering. Students will enjoy cracking, decoding, and encoding while gaining an understanding of an exciting real-world application of mathematics and computer science. 

Urban Planning with SimCity

Students become the mayor and planner of their own metropolis using SimCity 5. By manipulating power, taxes, employment, water systems and education, students build the city of their dreams while exploring the balance between a thriving settlement and a collapsing community. Students will be able to take home a copy of their cities at the end of the workshop.

SCRATCH Programming
In this class, students will enter the world of computer science by programming with SCRATCH, a graphical language developed by MIT. Students begin by creating their own calculator program using a cartoon animation and puzzle piece coding. The user-friendly format will familiarize students with fundamental programming concepts such as variables, loops and conditional statements. With these tools, students are limited by only their imagination for what they can create!

From Roomba to Wall-E, robots are becoming a part of our everyday lives. This hands-on course will challenge students to learn about robot construction, programming and control. Working in teams, students design and build small robots using the Lego Mindstorms Nxt kit, programming and controlling them through tests of various practical, real-life applications. The course culminates in the Derby Robot Face-Off –may the best bot win!

Digital Music
Students will learn their way around Garage Band, an accessible yet powerful music app that is commonly used in a number of cross-curricular activities. Using a variety of controllers and instruments, students will create and edit a short song project, and leave with a CD of their song. Any and all levels of experience are welcome!

Meet the Workshop Teachers

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  • Kathleen Malone

    Ms. Malone started her teaching career at Inly School before joining Derby's Student Support Services in 2014. A licensed math educator, she holds a Master's Degree in Mathematics Education and has a passion for engaging all students in rich problem solving. In 2015, she became the Math Enrichment Coordinator serving both Derby's Middle and Upper School Programs. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Malone is a student advisor and coaches Derby's National Math Club, Varsity Girls Soccer, and JV Girls Basketball. Outside of school, Ms. Malone is an avid hiker and marathon runner. She and her family live in Norwell where she coaches in the Norwell Youth Soccer Program.
  • Nathan Chase

    Nathan Chase is the Assistant to Head of Middle and Upper Schools at Derby and teaches middle school mathematics and science. He attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and Salve Regina University in Newport, RI where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Nathan began his teaching career at the Pennfield School in Portsmouth, RI teaching mathematics at the middle school level and coaching soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. Nathan joined the Derby community in 2004 teaching middle and upper school mathematics and Life Science. He continues to coach soccer, hockey, lacrosse and baseball. In addition he acts as the Head of Boys' Sports and coordinates the Upper School ski trip.
  • Mark Rabuck

    Mark Rabuck’s studies at University of Hawaii and Berklee College of Music form the basis for his background as a musician. Proficient on a wide array of instruments and styles, Mark has performed professionally and extensively, playing music in genres ranging from Folk Jazz, Classical, and Rock; and ensembles from a capella to entirely instrumental. Mark has composed music for many ensembles, and has recently been building a portfolio of songs he has been composing for children. Active as an “on-line" composer and studio musician, Mark is proficient working with much of the technology found in today’s professional recording studios. A technology curriculum integration specialist, Mark has been teaching music, math, and public speaking at Derby for 14 years.
  • Jerry Boardman

    Mr. Jerry Boardman is the current Math Department Head at Derby Academy. Mr. Boardman holds a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, and an M.A.T. from Montclair State University. After college, Jerry spent four years as a Lieutenant on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal. He first taught eighth grade at an inner city school in New York City, then went on to teach math and history at the middle and high school level in independent schools in Morristown and Montclair, New Jersey. Mr. Boardman now teaches seventh and eighth grade mathematics and tries to stump students and faculty alike with the Math Problem of the Week.
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