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!

 

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170 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 100

White Plains, NY 10601

 

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Girls STEM Academy at The DAE in Westchester

The Digital Arts Experience Girls STEM Academy: White Plains, Westchester NY

Back in October, The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) began their inaugural Girls STEM Academy class on Thursday evenings. This 12-week introductory program covered 3 different computer programming languages: Scratch, Python and Java where students spent 4 weeks on each topic. Each girl worked hands-on in a small, project-based classroom setting to explore these powerful coding languages with seasoned DAE instructor, Emily Angell.

Emily has been teaching classes at The DAE since its inception over 2 years ago. With a degree in audio engineering, she started out teaching music classes. Seeing Emily’s excellent teaching skills and ability to connect with her students, The DAE wanted to challenge her even further. Soon thereafter, Emily started learning Scratch, a code free introduction to computer programming that empowers students to create stunning animations, games, interactive art and more, with the intention of teaching it at The DAE.

Emily Angell, Scratch instructor at The Digital Arts Experience excites her students and makes learning fun!

Emily Angell, Scratch instructor at The Digital Arts Experience excites her students and makes learning fun!

Fast forward more than a year later, Scratch has taken off as one of the most popular, successful classes run at The DAE thanks to Emily’s ability to learn the material and translate it into an educational, challenging, but most of all fun program for the students! When asked to take on the challenge of learning Python and Java, Emily never once hesitated or gave push back. In fact, she was eager to take her teaching skills to the next level.

“Learning a new program, especially one that may not be in your wheelhouse, can be really intimidating,” she says. “But knowing your resources and having confidence in your own ability to learn something new, even if it’s difficult, is what we’re trying to foster here.  Sure, this class covers programming basics, but what I’m trying to do is teach these girls how to think.”

The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) is dedicated to providing quality and enriching STEM programs to young women and girls in Westchester County, NY. Being a strong proponent of STEM-powered programs, The DAE also strives to empower young women and encourage them to partake in non-traditional fields that are most typically dominated by men.

The DAE runs after school programs and summer camps for kids and teens in White Plains, Westchester NY using the most up to date digital arts tools and technologies. It’s mission is to facilitate learning in an open, collaborative, hands-on environment that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and openness.

Girls Coding Academy Westchester

Students at The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains, Westchester, NY, Girls STEM Academy learning Scratch, Python and Java coding taught by Emily Angell.

Landscape Shot of Girls STEM Academy at The Digital Arts Experience

Landscape shot of The Digital Arts Experience Girls STEM Coding Academy class in session.

 

WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH (STEM)

“If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.”

-First Lady Michelle Obama

THE FACTS

(source http://gettingsmart.com/2013/11/facts-women-stem)

  • STEM careers are the fastest-growing jobs in the United States, yet women make up only about a quarter (24%) of STEM workers.
  • The 2013 average salary in Computer Science was $59,977. Nearly $10-$20,000 more than other fields commonly occupied by women.
  • Although the number is increasing, there are still more men consistently earning Science & Engineering doctorates.
    • In 1991, 17,214 men earned Science & Engineering doctorates compared to 7,481 women.
    • In 2011, 15,364 women earned Science & Engineering doctorates compared to 20,887 men.

“When you give a girl a chance to build a robot when she’s 5 or build a rocket when she’s 10, she will have the inspiration and the know-how to become interested in those fields and see her future in those fields”

-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

GET INVOLVED

Interested in learning more about The Girls STEM Academy at The Digital Arts Experience? Custom and private classes also available. Feel free to e-mail Cristina@TheDAE.com.

The DAE Hosts Minecraft Tournament at George Washington Elementary School

On Saturday, November 22nd, Rob Kissner and Cristina Calabrese of The Digital Arts Experience drove their Mobile STEM Classroom, The DAExpress, to George Washington Elementary school in White Plains, Westchester NY for a mobile Minecraft tournament!

The students at George Washington Elementary in White Plains, NY get ready to build a replica of their own school in Minecraft!

The students at George Washington Elementary in White Plains, NY get ready to build a replica of their own school in Minecraft!

Whether or not you like Minecraft, kids are simply obsessed with it. Often described as an open ended “sandbox” or virtual LEGO world, it allows the user to essentially create anything they can imagine. Some kids create elaborate homes, others medieval castles. Some opt to recreate famous architectural structures. Whether it’s a small wooden hut or The Great Wall of China, it encourages kids to explore, use their imagination and it certainly promotes creative thinking and teamwork. 

According to an article written by Margaret Rock in Modern Parent entitled Hey, Parents. What Minecraft Is Doing to Your Kids Is Kind of Surprising:

The mystery of Minecraft’s near-hypnotic effect boils down its flexibility, engagement and community. Like most things, it can be taken to extremes. But overall, kids strategize, plan and connect with one another, learning how to set goals and work together to complete a task.

In accordance with PTA President Laura Reidy, Rob and Cristina hosted students 10 at a time who had signed up for different time slotted rounds and were given the challenge to build their own school using Minecraft’s creative mode. Rob and Cristina chose a winner and 2 runner ups from each round who were then entered in to compete in a final round to battle against all of the other winners!

The final round challenged the students to build the Eiffel Tower in France. Students took their creative energy and resources to not only construct their own twist on the Eiffel Tower, but to also create stunning scenery around the tower. 

The winner of the tournament was given a free Minecraft party in The DAExpress at a time of her choosing. All participants left with 3D Printed creepers as well as gift certificates to The DAE!

Rob Kissner and Cristina Calabrese pose with the winners of the George Washington Elementary Minecraft tournament.

Rob Kissner and Cristina Calabrese of The Digital Arts Experience pose with the winners of the George Washington Elementary Minecraft tournament.

All in all, the tournament was a huge success. Students were extremely focused, well behaved and driven to do their best. The DAE never hesitates to say yes to a Minecraft tournament because even though Minecraft is a video game, it has strong educational value as well.

Accoding to Minecraft in Education as featured on Minecraftwiki: 

Minecraft can have huge educational benefits for children; it can help teach numerous subjects both with and without adult involvement. Learning in Minecraft can be faster than traditional methods of education, as children are often far more motivated, get more practice, and feel that what they are learning is useful.

The DAE believes that because kids can be so focused and engaged in Minecraft, it is the perfect educational tool to supplement learning. For example, The DAE runs a 3D Minecraft Animation class, where students use an advanced 3D Animation software called Blender to model their own original characters. By the final class, students create their own animated shorts with unique storylines that can even be used for a portfolio. View the video below to see an example of student work in our 3D Minecraft Animation class: 

The class in itself is a 3D Animation & Modeling class, but we use Minecraft characters for several reasons. For one, Minecraft characters and objects are all block and cube shaped so they are non complex and easy to model in a 3D space. Also, Minecraft is a huge attractor to kids, so learning a complicated 3D Animation software is masked by the fact that they are driven to create something they are interested in.

The DAE also runs a Minecraft Modding & Java class that serves as a Part II class to their Java Coding 101. In the Modding class, kids use their skill in Java, a high-end, industry standard coding language used to create various programs such as Android apps, to create their own modifications to Minecraft. Minecraft in itself is programmed using Java code, so the class allows students to open it up, explore, change things around, experiment and create their own customizations to the game!

Another class The DAE runs that can be related to Minecraft is 3D Printing. While in most 3D Printing classes, kids are encouraged to engineer and model their own original objects, many kids choose to create Minecraft themed models. What’s great about 3D Printing is that the final result is kids get to actually print their models to take home! It starts off with an idea, then transforms into a model, and finishes with physically printing a 3D object. Talk about full circle! 

Interested in learning more? View our upcoming January 2015 class schedule here: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/TheDigitalArtsExperience#/selectSessions/630701.

The Digital Arts Experience Unveils Mobile Computer Lab, Showcases New Classes for September

Sep. 4, 2014WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.On Wednesday, September 10th, The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) team will open their doors and welcome the Westchester community into their 8,000 sq. ft. facility to learn about exciting new after school and weekend tech programs. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of classes that are available this Fall, as well as meet the instructors and interact hands-on with the latest digital arts tools and technologies.  In addition, the DAExpress Mobile Computer Lab will be parked on premises, with tours being offered throughout the evening.

The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains, Westchester NY will host an Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 10th showcasing their After School & Saturday programs for kids and teens.

The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains, Westchester NY will host an Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 10th showcasing their After School & Saturday programs for kids and teens.

“Our open house is the best way to discover and experience what DAE classes are all about. There is only so much you can learn from reading a brochure, but when you come into our facility, meet our team, view student work from previous classes and and actually get to experience our technology hands on, you’ll get a much better sense of our classes and how we work,” says Rob Kissner, Founder & President of the Digital Arts Experience.

The DAE will introduce a number of new and exciting classes to their fall catalog including LEGO® Mindstorm Robotics, Minecraft Modding with Java, DJing Like a Pro, Holiday-themed 3D Printing workshops and more. These will be offered in addition to previously existing classes in 3D Printing & Modeling, Animation, Digital Music Production, Computer Programming, Graphic Design, Arduino and Visual FX & Video. Attendees will also meet The DAE’s talented team of industry active instructors and experience class work and projects firsthand. Each instructor will be posted at various stations around the facility with computers and technology in order to provide attendees with an opportunity to experience DAE classes first hand. Plus, same-day registrants will receive 10% off of tuition.

This event is open to the public on Wednesday, September 10th between the hours of 5:00pm and 8:00pm at the Digital Arts Experience: 170 Hamilton Ave. Suite 100 in White Plains, NY.

ABOUT THE DIGITAL ARTS EXPERIENCE:  The Digital Arts Experience offers after school programs and summer camps for kids and teens in White Plains, Westchester, using the most up to date digital arts tools and technologies. From 3D Printing to Animation, Coding, Computer Programming, Graphic Design, Robotics, Web Design and more, The Digital Arts Experience’s 8,000 sq. ft. facility boasts four media labs, a photo/video studio, and professional recording studio.

Learn more and REGISTER at http://www.TheDAE.com, email info@TheDAE.com or call 914-644-8100.

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