February Break STEAM Workshops for Kids in Westchester

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Join us the week of Feb. 20th-24th for Drop In STEAM-focused Workshops in:

Come for just the morning (9:30AM-12:00PM), the afternoon (1:00PM-3:30PM) or stay for the full day!

VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

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North Salem Students 3D Print Local Landmarks

North Salem Students 3D Print Local Landmarks


Over the past six weeks, The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) has been teaching 3D Printing to students ages 10-12 at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library in North Salem, NY. The class used their new knowledge of 3D printing to create miniature replications of local historical buildings.

“This class puts a unique spin on our normal 3D Printing with Minecraft class. Working with the town of North Salem, we secured blueprints and drawings of a number of historical buildings in town, and the students were challenged to use Minecraft to create 3D models based on the drawings,” says Rob Kissner, President of The DAE.

Buildings modeled thus far include Delancy Hall, Croton Fall School House and Briddleside in addition to others. After receiving the blueprints, students went to work in Minecraft’s Creative Mode to map and build out each structure. Minecraft makes for an excellent modeling tool because every block is the same size, making it simple to build to scale. It’s a natural fit with kids because they don’t need to learn an abstract CAD program, but rather can use a program they are comfortable and confident with. DAE instructors love using Minecraft in a class setting because it’s accessible; building in Creative Mode is all about exploring, planning, creating and collaborating.

“I was amazed at how intricate their projects were. They all took their time to pay attention to each detail to ensure their models were accurate,” said Lory Murariu, an instructor from The Digital Arts Experience. “This project really challenged the students to think critically about the blueprints they were given and how to convert them into 3D models for print.”

Last week, The DAE took models that the students designed in Minecraft and 3D Printed them at the Makerspace inside their White Plains facility. With five 3D Printers, The DAE has created thousands of hours of student work.

The DAE hosts after school, weekend and summer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) programs for kids and teens ages six and up. They hold classes at their White Plains location and also send instructors throughout Westchester to teach programs at various locations. To learn more about what The DAE can teach at your school or organization, visit: https://www.thedae.com/schools.

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Contact:

Cristina Calabrese

Cristina@TheDAE.com

The Digital Arts Experience

170 Hamilton Avenue Suite 100

White Plains, NY 10601

(914) 644-8100

Summer Camp for Kids Who Like Computers, Video Games or YouTube in Westchester, NY

Your children love spending time in front of the computer. But you’re afraid that they’ll have too much screen time, be exposed to too many things on the internet or play too many games which will, perhaps, melt their fragile brains. They may not be that into sports or huge fans of the outdoors (or maybe they are) but you need them to DO SOMETHING with their summer besides sit indoors and obsess about Roblox or Minecraft.

Here’s the solution: send them to computer camp (or STEAM camp if we’re going to use the most current lingo) so they can learn programming. Here’s why: according to Dan Crow over at the Guardian (and probably about a million other sources I’m not listing here), every child should learn how to program a computer. What’s more, learning to program has become FUN (gasp!) through open source pieces of software like Scratch, Tynker, Python, Ruby, etc. Instead of sitting in front of the computer playing other people’s games, they program their own.

Here’s an excerpt for the aforementioned article:

“Software is the language of our world

Software is becoming a critical layer of all our lives. It is the language of our world. In the future, not knowing the language of computers will be as challenging as being illiterate or innumerate are today.

Will every job in the future involve programming? No. But it is still crucial that every child learns to code.

This is not primarily about equipping the next generation to work as software engineers, it is about promoting computational thinking. Computational thinking is how software engineers solve problems. It combines mathematics, logic and algorithms, and teaches you a new way to think about the world.

Computational thinking teaches you how to tackle large problems by breaking them down into a sequence of smaller, more manageable problems. It allows you to tackle complex problems in efficient ways that operate at huge scale. It involves creating models of the real world with a suitable level of abstraction, and focus on the most pertinent aspects. It helps you go from specific solutions to general ones.

The applications of this approach stretch beyond writing software. Fields as diverse as mechanical engineering, fluid mechanics, physics, biology, archeology and music are applying the computational approach. In business we are beginning to understand that markets often follow rules that can be discerned using computational analysis.”

Read the full article from The Guardian HERE.

At the Digital Arts Experience prides itself on being a bully-free space where kids can come to learn all manner of digital arts and technology. Visit us at TheDAE.com to learn more.

 

• info@thedae.com

• 914-644-8100

 

Computer Programming, Coding, 3D Printing, Animation, Video Game Design, Building in Minecraft, Scratch, Python, Java and Graphic Design Classes Begin in Westchester County on January 21, 2017

Let’s face it — kids can take a Scratch Programming class in many different places throughout Westchester County, or do the Hour of Code from home. There are a million and one ways to learn about 3D printing, computer programming or animation. You get the picture… And so do we.

But there’s the thing: experience. Meaningful learning is all about the experience. Knowledge retention happens when a person can put emotion behind the skills they learn.

Think about driving. Someone can show you or tell you how to drive all day long while you’re in the passenger’s seat, but until you get in the driver’s seat, get your hands on the wheel, put on your blinker, run over a few curbs and get pulled over for speeding, you really don’t learn very much. (We don’t encourage speeding, by the way! It was a metaphor…)

At the DAE, students drive. They get their hands on the tech. They try to go too fast and run into problems. We teach our kids about failure and how not to panic when something goes wrong — about how glitches are good because they teach us what we need to fix. We encourage thoughtfulness and problem solving, discussion and thinking outside the box.

Our world is so fast. It’s easy to throw information at people (especially kids) and expect them to get it. (Those kids with their iPads just know how to do all the things!) Classes at the DAE are different. They’re inclusive. They’re project-based. And they’re fun! We invite you to visit us and find out why.

Winter classes begin this weekend! January 21, 2017.

Visit us: TheDAE.com

Email us: info@TheDAE.com

Call us: 914-644-8100

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Minecraft Tournament this weekend at The DAE in Westchester, NY

Things to do for kids in Westchester: Minecraft Tournament this weekend at The DAE

 

This weekend on Saturday, January 14th at The Digital Arts Experience we are hosting our first Minecraft tournament of 2017. This time around we are doing things a bit different. Now you’ll have 1 of 3 time slots slots to choose from:

10:00AM – http://tinyurl.com/DAE10AM
12:30PM – http://tinyurl.com/DAE1230PM
3:00PM – http://tinyurl.com/DAE300PM

Just like our previous tournaments, we’ll give you categories to choose from and you’ll get 1 hour in creative mode to build as best as possible! Prizes will include awesome 3D printed objects, gift certificates and more!

Got any questions about our Minecraft Tournament? Here’s a time lapse from one of our bigger tournaments a couple of years ago:

 

Feel free to give us a call at (914) 644-8100 or e-mail us questions at info@TheDAE.com. And as always you can visit our website at TheDAE.com.

 

Kid Friendly Laptop Recommendation – Acer Chromebook 11 N7 Review – (CES Show 2017 in Vegas)

 

This week is the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. CES is where tech giants like Samsung, LG, and Panasonic as well as cutting edge tech startups show case their most innovative consumer technology. From the newest VR tech to the most cutting edge smart home devices, CES showcases everything from smartphones to internet connected washing machines. Of the amazing things I’ve seen come out of CES so far, one caught my eye that is particularly relevant to parents.

Every kid wants his or her own computer, but as a parent you have to think twice about buying your 7 year old an expensive computer that he or she might drop, step on, or spill liquid on. Acer announced at CES their Chromebook 11 N7 which will be available next month. The N7 is built to US military standards and can withstand spills, drops, and even 132 lbs of downward force on the top cover, meaning that your son or daughter can put this chromebook through the ringer and have it comes nearly unscathed on the other side!

Chromebooks are not for everyone and keep in mind that Minecraft doesn’t run on one, but we use Chromebooks regularly at The DAE because nearly all of the software teach is web based. Photo editing, 3D printing, computer programming and more can all be done with free web based software so Chromebooks are not as limiting as they used to be, not to mention all the standard computer functions like email, word processing and slideshow presentations come set up from the factory. As long as not being able to run Minecraft isn’t a deal breaker, the Acer N7 might be a great choice for your son or daughter, particularly because it will retail for $229.

To subscribe to Rob’s tech tips, visit our YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/TheDAE.

Got any questions? E-mail us at info@TheDAE.com.

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New Year’s 2017: Photography Classes for Adults, Programming and Web Design Classes in Westchester, NY

Adult classes in photography, website design using WordPress and computer programming are just a few of the classes offered at the Digital Arts Experience beginning in January 2017. The DAE is proud and excited to offer fun, engaging classes for adults as well as kids this year! Visit us for more info: thedae.com/adultclasses.

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