Minecraft Tournament June 3rd, 2017 | Fun things to do with your kids in Westchester this Spring

Our Minecraft Tournament on June 3rd is a fun, creative way to get kids out of the house this spring!

Join us at our location in downtown White Plains on for a Minecraft Tournament. Kids ages 6-16 welcome to sign up and parents/families are welcome to stay. Sign up for one of three time slots 10am, 12:30pm & 3:00pm.

REGISTER HERE

 

Participants build a structure in a category announced the day of the tournament. Once the rules are explained and the categories are announced, players have one hour to build in creative mode. Participants are then judged on factors such as creativity, time management, attention to detail and thinking outside of the box, in addition to other factors. Prizes are awarded to the winners of each category and everyone goes home with a 3D printed gift!

Learn more about the DAE at TheDAE.com

 

Supporting Westchester Libraries

On Friday, April 7th, The Westchester Library System (WLS) hosted a breakfast at Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook as an event to celebrate libraries all around Westchester.

The event started off in a lovely, large event room where breakfast was served to the attendees. As mostly everyone had arrived, guests were greeted with an opening speech by WLS Executive Director Terry Kirchner. Terry shortly after focused his attention on the event’s Honoree.

The DAE’s President & CEO Rob Kissner was recognized by Westchester Library System and County Executive Rob Astorino for ongoing collaboration and support for libraries all over the county. Rob as well as other DAE Staff members were in attendance to see him accept his various awards including a Proclamation from the county of Westchester stating that April 7th shall henceforth be recognized as Rob Kissner day.

After Rob’s recognition, guest speaker and Etched in Sand author Regina Calcaterra gave an audience-attention-grabbing speech about her childhood and how integral of a role libraries and other public facilities played in her life.

All in all the event was a huge success largely in part by those who attended to support WLS. It is also important to recognize all of those who work for libraries in Westchester and beyond for their time and dedication to maintaining these sacred public properties.

Winter Break Programs for Kids & Teens at The DAE in Westchester County

 

Winter Break Programs for Kids & Teens at The DAE in Westchester County – The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) is pleased to offer programs for kids and teens during the holiday season. With many choices on programs to choose from, we want kids to have fun while learning something new and staying engaged during their break.

For the week of 12/26 to 12/30, we will be running morning & afternoon programs running from 9:30AM to 3:30PM. The morning session runs from 9:30AM to 12:00PM while the afternoon session runs from 1:00PM to 3:30PM. Students can come for either session, or for the full day! Early drop off & late pickup options also available.

Programs range from 3D Printing, Animation, Computer Programming, Digital Drawing Game Design, LEGO Moviemaking & Minecraft themed classes as well. Click here to view the complete schedule of classes.


 

Won’t be around during holiday break? That’s okay! We will also be running 2 Holiday-themed 3D Printing workshops so that you’ll have a chance to design and print your own original decorations or trinkets! On Friday, 12/16 or Monday 12/19 – drop in anytime between 3 & 6:30PM! Click here to view the 3D Printing workshop schedule.


 

ON THE HORIZON:

Open House – January 12th 5-7PM

Minecraft Tournament – January 14th 10AM, 12:30PM or 3PM

January Classes begin – Week of January 16th


The Digital Arts Experience
170 Hamilton Ave, Suite 100
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 644-8100
The Digital Arts Experience aims to provide a unique opportunity for the kids & teens of the Westchester, Rockland and Fairfield communities to explore the world of creative technology, digital art, STEM related fields and more!

Our programs are goal oriented and focus on hands on learning so each and every student will complete his or her class with incredible original work that can go towards creating a portfolio.

We strive to expose our students to the digital world in order to help them discover new talents and possible career paths.

YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/digitalartexperience
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High Schoolers Use Arduino Kits to Design Safer Railroad Crossing Systems in Westchester, NY

 

The Digital Arts Experience held its first ever Design Challenge on Saturday, December 3rd. The challenge focused on rail safety, more specifically, developing safer systems for rail crossings. Given the increasing number of train accidents and in the light of the recent bills signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to require the state to study rail crossings and assess their safety, we felt that High School students would be the ideal candidates to innovate and improve the dated and ineffective technology that is currently being utilized.

The teams were provided Arduino Uno boards, which are inexpensive microprocessors, and simple buttons, switches, LEDs, motors, and sensors to create their systems. Teams from Putnam Valley High School, Mamaroneck High School, and Mt. Vernon High School registered to face this challenge. The teams had approximately five hours to design, build, and test their systems, and everyone at The DAE as well as the judges were absolutely blown away by what the teams created.

_mg_3743The students from Putnam Valley High School created a self-aware system with sensors and volumetric cameras that could assess a car or any other object on a track (i.e. a fallen tree, power line, etc.) and notify the train operator and MTA control room. What’s more is their design had multiple levels of redundancy that took human error out of the equation. For example, if the system detected a car on the tracks, the train operator, and MTA control would be notified. If the train started to approach the zone in which it could safely stop before colliding with the obstruction and the train operator did not start to slow down, the system would slow down the train automatically. This system was thoughtfully designed and excellently executed. Using the simple technology provided, they demonstrated exactly how their system would detect, communicate, and intervene when needed. It had layers of systems that constantly checked on each other to ensure that no matter what, an impact will be avoided.

_mg_3690The team from Mamaroneck High School introduced several innovative ideas with their design. To start, their design employed a super bright LED strip right before the crossing that would change colors from green to yellow to red as a train approached the crossing. This is a simple yet effective system because it is a universal system for drivers, rather than abstract signs and lights that are currently used. Their system also had an array of video cameras viewing the track from all sides so the train operator can view the crossing well before the train arrives there. In addition, their design used a system of lasers to detect if an obstruction was on the tracks. The lasers would detect when a car enters and exits a crossing, and whether the car is stuck on the tracks. In the case that a car is stuck on the tracks, the system will alert the train operator and MTA control. If the train is approaching and the obstruction hasn’t moved, their design incorporated a conveyor system that would physically move the car off the tracks.

_mg_3755The Mount Vernon team was just a single High School student due to a few no-shows on his team. What’s more is that the student did not have any prior experience with Arduino or electronics, yet he took on the challenge head on. His design incorporated simple ideas with tremendous effect. Firstly, his design incorporated extremely bright LEDs to light and indicate a crossing. Currently, crossings are not lit with any special lighting, they simply have the crossbucks sign. He also included a counter that would count down the time until a train arrived at the crossing. Finally, he included a pressure sensor that would alert the driver if there is a car on the tracks.

The judges were struck by the richness of the ideas and the degree to which the teens could implement them with the limited technology that we provided. Considering that they completed these designs in approximately 5 hours is a staggering achievement. In the end, the team from Putnam Valley High School took home the $500 prize, but each team left with prizes and a sense of fulfillment for not only completing this challenge but for creating designs that could potentially save lives.

The beauty of having high school students design these systems is that they have no preconceived notions of business, money, or government. They simply want to solve the problem. Each team showed incredible intelligence, focus, determination, and innovation and all of us at The DAE know that they are going to go on to do incredible things.  

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Rob Kissner (The DAE’s President & CEO) & Alan Brody (Founder of StartupPalooza) with the winning team.

 

Learn how to Create a Website, how to use WordPress and How to connect a Website to a Domain: Web Design Classes for Adults in Westchester.

Adult School in Westchester: The DAE in White Plains offers adult education classes on how to create a website, how to connect a website to a domain and how to use WordPress. Learn layouts, formatting and just enough HTML/CSS to maintain your site properly and update it accordingly.

Classes are enrolling now. Learn more & register: TheDAE.com/AdultClasses or call 914-644-8100.

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Adult Classes in Photography, Coding, 3D Printing, Video Editing, Creating a Website & More in Westchester County

STEM/STEAM (Science Technology Engineering (Arts &) Math) Education isn’t just for kids in White Plains, Scarsdale, Valhalla, Larchmont and surrounding communities, but for adults as well. Watch DAE Founder & President Rob Kissner talk about our new DSLR Photography, Video Editing, Creating a Website, 3D Printing and Programming classes for adults.

WHO WE ARE:

A tight-knit community. We are all lifelong learners.
An escape. Life is crazy. Tech is fun.
Enthusiasts, leaders and innovators. We enjoy working with technology and get excited to share our knowledge with family and friends.
Role models for our kids. Because if we don’t adapt & grow with tech, how can we expect them to?
An experience. Things come and go but experiences last a lifetime.

Visit us: TheDAE.com/adultclasses

Call us: 914-644-8100

Email us: info@thedae.com

Open House and Student Showcase at The DAE in Westchester

By Lory Murariu, Intern at The Digital Arts Experience

This on Thursday, April 30th, we held an Open House at The Digital Arts Experience to showcase all the great projects our students have made during our Spring Break camps and after school programs. If you missed it, we will be having two more Open House Dates; May 28th and June 18th!

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In the past few months, students have made countless creative projects in so many different areas such as 3D Printing, Scratch coding, video editing, and much more. The Open House took place from 7pm at our site which is located in Westchester county. Parents and kids observed our 3D printing setup, Scratch workshops and asked questions about our summer sessions.

We are so excited to present our lineup for our new Summer STEM Camps that are starting July 6th. We are offering 5 different sessions where students can choose from a morning or afternoon session, or a class in both for a full day. When you sign up for a program during our Open House, you will receive 10% off of enrollment. 

Check out our Summer STEM Camp schedule here!

We are looking forward to sharing the variety of student work with parents, students and the community!

For more information please visit www.TheDAE.com or RSVP at info@thedae.com.

Summer 2015 STEM Camp Westchester