The DAE’s 4th Minecraft Tournament a Smash Hit!

White Plains, Westchester, NY The Digital Arts Experience hosted it’s 4th ever Minecraft Tournament on Saturday, June 21st. Sponsored by the Microsoft Store in the Westchester Mall, they provided The DAE with 3 Surface Tablets and an XBox360 to raffle off to 1 lucky winner.

4th Minecraft Tournament at The Digital Arts Experience in Westchester

Let the games begin!

The tournament was the biggest one to date with over 65 kids in attendance. At around 1PM, The DAE opened its doors to start the registration process. Once all checked in, kids were escorted to their places by a DAE Staff member. When everyone was just about all settled, DAE founder Rob Kissner and Co-Founder Cristina Calabrese announced the tournament rules. Animation Instructor Nicholas Sceusa gave out the categories for the kids to choose from: housing structures.

Participants had 1 hour to build a house of their choosing. The DAE Staff continued to walk around and moderate the event, and movie-themed music played in the background to set the gaming atmosphere!

After the hour was up, judges went around and chose winners for each category. Winners received a DAE gift certificate, as well as  3D Printed Minecraft Pickaxe that was printed on their Makerbot Replicator 2 3D Printer. Once the winners were announced, Rob Kissner randomly chose a winner for the big grand prize – an XBox 360!


Cristina & Rob pose with David John, winner of the Xbox 360!

By 3:30PM, the tournament was over. Win or lose, all participants left with a 3D printed Minecraft pig! You can check out the army of pigs below:

4th Minecraft Tournament at The Digital Arts Experience in Westchester

The pig army!


Co-Founder Cristina Calabrese went on to follow up:

Thanks for attending our 4th Minecraft tournament on Saturday!

We had an absolute BLAST and the attendance was our biggest turnout yet. We’re so happy to have had you a part of the event. Big congratualtions to all of our winners – including David John – the winner of the XBox 360! And Ryan P., whose building got burned to ashes by the pesky Ender Dragon.

Our next tournament date is set to go! If you’d like to register, follow the linked date below:

Saturday, August 23rd @ 1:00PM

Additionally, The DAE is proud to announce that we will have an Exhibitor’s Booth at this year’s “Mine O Rama” event in NYC on July 12th & 13th. We will be located in the The GSFE STEM Pavilion for the event, where we’ll have the opportunity to discuss the importance of STEM education and how our programs tie into it. If you will be attending Mine O Rama, please come find us and say hi! We’ll have a really fun and exciting booth set up.


Minecraft Tournaments Come to Westchester

Minecraft Tournaments Come to The Digital Arts Experience Westchester County, NY – Nov. 20th, 2013

Written by Cristina Calabrese, Director of Operations and founding member at The Digital Arts Experience

Minecraft at The Digital Arts Experience

Millions of kids and teens are currently obsessed with a video game called Minecraft. But with the stigma that comes with most video games, does that mean your kids are in trouble?

Our simple answer: no.

According to a recent article in the New York Times entitled, “Disruptions: Minecraft, an Obsession and an Educational Tool”, writer Nick Bilton goes on to say,

…like the name suggests, the goal of the game is to craft, or build, structures in these 16-bit worlds, and figuring things out on your own is a big part of it. And parents, it’s not terribly violent. Sure, you can kill a few zombies while playing in the game’s “survival mode.” But in its “creative mode,” Minecraft is about building, exploration, creativity and even collaboration.

It’s true.

This past weekend, The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains, NY held its inaugural Minecraft build-off tournament for kids ages 9-12. Overwhelmed by the response, the event ended up overbooking with several kids on the waiting list.


These kids needed absolutely no direction. Not one kid sat there, stumped and said, “I don’t know what to build”. The creations and structures they built were astonishing. Treehouses suspended in the air, a lighthouse with a self-replenishing cafe, a rocket ship, a greenhouse. The detail and craftsmanship was just incredible.

Bilton goes on to say,

…a school in Stockholm made Minecraft compulsory for 13-year-old students. “They learn about city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future,” said Monica Ekman, a teacher at the Viktor Rydberg school.

The Digital Arts Experience has been looking for ways to engage kids using exciting, cutting-edge technologies. These Minecraft Tournaments spark creativity, critical thinking, application of the resources around them, quick problem solving and innovation.

As a result, The DAE is proud to announce the next date for its Minecraft Tournament:


SATURDAY, January 11, 2014

AGES 9-12: 1:00PM – 3:00PM

AGES 13-16: 3:30PM – 5:30PM



170 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 100

White Plains, NY 10601

(914) 644-8100.