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.

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Adult Tech & Computer Classes at The DAE in Westchester

The DAE isn’t just for kids.

Adult Tech & Computer Classes at The DAE in Westchester


Based on recent feedback and newly designed curriculum, we’re happy to announce that we will be running classes for adults this Fall! Course topics range from:

  • Creating a Website

  • DSLR Photography

  • Intro to 3D Printing

  • Intro to Programming with Python

  • Video Editing

Learn more about the classes and view our full schedule:

www.TheDAE.com/adult-classes

THE DAE IS NOW OFFERING ADULT CLASSES

The Digital Arts Experience of Westchester County is offering adult programs this Fall.

The Hour of Code is coming to The DAE!

HoC

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, we are hosting an Hour of Code event here at the DAE Tuesday, 12/8 at 5pm!

 

  • Attendees will have their own computer to complete code.org’s Star Wars Hour of Code in honor of Computer Science Education Week

  • Participants solve fun, interactive puzzles that teach the basics of computer programming

  • A DAE staff member will be on hand to set up and assist with the Hour of Code

  • Everyone will leave with a 3D-printed prize

  • Free to attend!

 

REGISTER NOW FOR FREE

 

THE DIGITAL ARTS EXPERIENCE

170 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 100

White Plains, NY 10601

 

Now Offering Sunday Classes!

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The Digital Arts Experience will now be offering classes on Sundays starting in January 2016.

 

At The Digital Arts Experience, our goal is to offer cutting edge STEM/STEAM/computer technology classes for the kids and teens of Westchester County, New York. After running another series of successful Saturday programs this Fall, we have decided to now open our doors on Sundays!

We find that weekends are for the most part more convenient for many families to enroll in our programs and visit our facility. With Saturday as one of our busiest days, it was a no-brainer to us to open our doors on Sundays.

Starting the weekend of January 16 & 17, we will start up new 8-week sessions in 3D Printing, Animation, Computer Programming, Design, Electronics and more! We are excited to run several new programs which include:

_3dsculpt3D Character Modeling & Sculpting

With Blender, a 3D modeling and texturing program, students will learn to create detailed 3D models and sculptures. Using a digital drawing tablet, students will learn how to sculpt an object from scratch into a highly detailed character. Each week students will work on different projects to hone their skills and by the end of the class will have portfolio ready projects completed.

SAT: 01/16 – 03/12, 10AM – 12PM, Ages 9-12

SUN: 01/17 – 03/13 11:15AM – 1:15PM, Ages 9-12

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWearable Technology

Wearable technology is becoming more and more popular everyday, especially when devices such as fit bits and apple watches exist. However, what if we were to incorporate technology into fashion? In this class, students will learn to invent and create a functional wearable garment, such as a shirt that lights up when reacting to sound, light, or temperature.

SAT: 01/16 – 03/12, 12:45PM – 2:45PM, Ages 9-12

SUN: 01/17 – 03/13 11:15AM – 1:15PM, Ages 9-12

 

_jewel3D Jewelry Design

From rings to earrings and necklaces and hair clips, there is practically no limitation to what you can create in this class. Using CAD software, students will design original pieces of custom fit jewelry. Students will also learn how to safely and proposal operate our 3D printers, and use them to print their creations!

SAT: 01/16 – 03/12, 10AM – 12PM, Ages 9-12

To view our Saturday 2016 schedule, please click here.

To view Sunday 2016, please click here.

Our classes are small, 100% hands on and are project based so your child will develop social, technical and creative skills for the present and for the future.

The classes are held at a max of 6-8 students so that everyone gets the personal, individualized attention they deserve.

Everyone also gets their own computer to work on throughout the class, to enable them to work with the most up to date digital arts tools and technologies.

Learn more about our classes through the class page of our website.

2015 Midsummer Highlights at The DAE

Midsummer Recap

Before we relive the highlights of the first part of the summer, there’s still plenty of time to end your summer at the Digital Arts Experience. Summer Session 4 runs from August 17th to the 28th, and we end our summer camps with Summer Session 5 from August 31st to September 4th. If you can’t make it for the summer, don’t worry because Fall Registration is currently live and the The DAExpress is taking bookings for Minecraft birthday parties.

Class in MakerspaceOur summer kicked off with a record high number of registrations for Summer Session 1 compared to previous years. We greatly enjoyed the packed facility and buzzing energy that brought along. On the last day of the first session, the DAE hosted a celebration for our 3 year anniversary!

DAE 3 Year PartyIn addition to enjoying good food and company, attendants heard the DAE announce two new ventures: DAELearning and DAE Makerclub. DAElearning will be an online subscription based site that provides members with interesting, educational videos on Programming Languages, 3D Printing, Mac Basics, and much more.Members of DAE Makerclub will have complete and unlimited access to our facility including labs, 3D printers, and more.

DAE Makerclub

Then Summer Session 2 came along and broke the record the previous session had just set. This high number was partially due the numerous kids who reenrolled in our classes. Our site was at max capacity with every single computer being used! Summer Session 3 started smoothly and is currently going on. Check out a student made short film below.

Late Summer Computer and STEM Camp in White Plains of Westchester at The Digital Arts Experience

Summer STEM Camps

We’ve got you covered! While other camps end before August does, The Digital Arts Experience’s computer and STEM summer camps in White Plains of Westchester County, NY, keep on going into the first week of September. Listen to President Rob Kissner talk about how you should end your kids’ summer.

With courses in 3D Printing, Animation, Graphic Design, and more STEM subjects to choose from, your child is sure to find a program that they are interested in! Allow your children to finish their summer at the most fun and educational summer camp in Westchester.

For more information visit our:

YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/digitalartexperience

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TheDAExperience

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheDAExperience

Website: http://www.TheDAE.com

Registration Page: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/TheDigitalArtsExperience

4-week STEM Crash Courses in Westchester

4-week Crash Courses in June

The Digital Arts Experience of White Plains, Westchester County will be hosting 4-week STEM related crash courses starting in June. With their Summer STEM Camps quickly approaching and many of their after school and Saturday courses coming to a close, providing 4-week programs are just enough to get a student’s feet wet and introduce them to a possible field they are interested in pursuing.

CRASH COURSES INCLUDE:

  • Intro to Computer Science using Python (Ages 9-12)
  • 3D Printing with Minecraft (Ages 9-12)
  • Intro to Filmmaking (Ages 12 & up)
  • Digital Photography (Ages 12 & up)
  • Scratch Coding (Ages 9 -12)
  • Java Game Programming (Ages 12 & up)

WHY WE’RE DIFFERENT:

Small class sizes
Each student will work hands-on & receive the attention he or she needs from the instructor.

Focus on exposure
Our students will explore industry level techniques and projects.

Goal-oriented
The instructors facilitate setting and achieving goals.

Collaboration is #1
Our classes encourage social development in addition to technical skills.

Complete projects
Use for a portfolio, college application, resume and more!

Strictly Anti-Bully
Words hurt just as much as fists. We provide a safe and fun environment for our students and have a zero tolerance for bullying of any kind.

LEARN MORE:

To find out more about our 4-week crash courses, explore our website at www.TheDAE.com.

To see our 4-week Crash Course Schedule & to register click here.

To learn more about our Summer STEM Camp Schedule & registration click here.