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

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Spring Break STEM Programs in Westchester County

The Digital Arts Experience

Starting next week, The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains, Westchester County NY will be running Spring Break STEM programs for kids and teens in 3D Printing, Animation, Coding, Design, Electronics and more!

Spring 2015 STEM Camp Westchester

Spring Recess Tech Camp 1 Sessions available from Mar 30 – Apr 3, 2015

Click here to see the full schedule and register!

USE PROMO CODE: SPBREAK TO RECEIVE $25 OFF ENROLLMENT!


CAN’T MAKE NEXT WEEK? JOIN US FOR THE FOLLOWING WEEK!

Spring 2015 STEM Camp

Spring Recess Tech Camp 2 Sessions available from Apr 6 – 10, 2015

Click here to see the full schedule and register!

USE PROMO CODE: SPBREAK TO RECEIVE $25 OFF ENROLLMENT!


Minecraft & League of Legends Tournament

JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT GAMING TOURNAMENT DAY! LEAGUE OF LEGENDS & MINECRAFT PVP: APRIL 25TH.

JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT GAMING TOURNAMENT DAY!

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS & MINECRAFT PVP: APRIL 25TH.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE & REGISTER!


Summer 2015 STEM Camp Westchester

We are now enrolling for our exciting Summer 2015 STEM Camps! Our summer programs start July 6th and run different programs all the way until the end of August. We have 5 different sessions:

Session 1 will run for 2-weeks from July 6th – July 17th.
Session 2 will run for 2-weeks from July 20th – July 31st
Session 3 will run for 2-weeks from August 3rd – August 14th
Session 4 will run for 2-weeks from August 17th – August 28th
Session 5 will run for 1-week at the end of the summer from August 31st to September 4th
Morning session from 9:30AM – 12:00PM.
Afternoon runs from 1:00PM – 3:30PM.

Students can attend for the full day where they choose a morning activity and a separate afternoon activity, or just come in for a half day!

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUR SUMMER STEM CAMP SCHEDULES!
SIGN UP EARLY & SAVE!

USE PROMO CODE: STEM2015 AT CHECKOUT AND RECEIVE 15% OFF A PROGRAM!

After School STEM Programs in Westchester

Written by Cristina Calabrese, Director of Operations & Founding member of The Digital Arts Experience

When The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) of White Plains opened its doors in July 2012, our main purpose was to provide After School & Summer Tech Camps to kids and teens throughout Westchester County.

As The DAE began to expand upon the courses taught inside our facility, so did the demand for us to bring our programs offsite as well. With this came the idea for our Mobile Classroom, The DAExpress (The Digital Arts Express).

The DAExpress was created to provide the most cutting edge technology in a state of the art learning environment available to the Westchester community.

Inside The Digital Arts Express, or The DAExpress.

Inside The Digital Arts Express, or The DAExpress.

Able to accommodate up to 10 students at once, The DAExpress is designed to act as one of our classrooms on wheels. With this mobile computer lab, we can offer nearly every single class that we teach in our White Plains facility, anywhere in Westchester, Southern Connecticut and Rockland.

The DAExpress is equipped with 10 brand new Mac Book Pros, a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer, and the best digital teaching tools. We bring The DAE to you!

Since its inception in September, we’ve run classes and programs with nearly 15+ unique local schools and organizations, including:

  • Children’s Village of Dobbs Ferry
  • Don Bosco Community Center
  • Greenville School
  • Greenwich Academy
  • Greenwich Country Day School
  • Heathcote Elementary
  • JCC on the Hudson
  • Rye Arts Center
  • SAR Academy
  • Seeley Place
  • Solomon Schechter School of Westchester: Upper & Lower School
  • Westchester Hebrew High School
  • Westchester Library System
  • Westfield Day School
  • White Plains YMCA
  • White Plains Youth Bureau

…and more! We also run private, custom classes that we bring right to your door.

Students at Solomon Schechter show off their final projects in Scratch coding!

Students at Solomon Schechter show off their final projects in Scratch coding!

In addition to that, we don’t always use our Mobile Classroom when we travel to schools. Often times we will drive over and use the school’s computer room or media lab and provide classes out of there. In many cases, schools and organizations do not have the necessary equipment to provide such classes on their own. That is one of the reasons that The DAExpress came about.

The DAExpress allows us to bring everything: instructor, class content, and equipment. And the best part is – we come to you! Topics that we teach include:

  • 2D & 3D Animation
  • 3D Minecraft Animation
  • 3D Printing
  • Game Programming with Java
  • Graphic Design
  • Introduction to Computer Science with Python
  • Scratch Coding
  • Stop Motion Animation
  • Visual FX & Video Production
Animation Instructor Nicholas Sceusa teaching 3D Minecraft Animation using a powerful 3D Animation program, Blender.

Animation Instructor Nicholas Sceusa teaching 3D Minecraft Animation using a powerful 3D Animation program, Blender.

We can also provide Professional Development to school staff. In short, there is a lot we could do with our Mobile Classroom. As time goes by, we discover new and unique uses for it. We are excited to keep it “rolling” and see where the future takes us!

Do you know of a school or local organization in need of After School STEM related programming? Contact us at info@TheDAE.com or feel free to visit our website www.TheDAE.com to learn more.

The World’s Top Minds Discuss Branding in a Digital World | November 20th in Westchester

Learn more about the event and purchase tickets at http://howtostayinyourlane.eventbrite.com.

branding

Next week, The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) will hold the first of its new DAE Discussion Series, “Branding in a Digital World: How to Stay in Your Lane.” This exciting and informative panel event will feature three of Westchester’s most prevalent branding authorities and will be moderated by Sara James, Director of Membership at the Business Council of Westchester. The event will open with a keynote on the relevance of branding by John Zanzarella, Chief Marketing Officer at Silverback Social.

Social media expert Chris Dessi (CEO of Silverback Social  and a Producer of the Westchester Digital Summit) teams up with Creative Director Sherry Bruck (Harquin Creative Group) and award-winning designer Brett Yancey Collins (counterspace) in a discussion that will inspire you rethink how your brand can work for YOU in an ever-changing digital landscape.

If you own a business, are starting a business, or you make a career of marketing, this is the event for you.

What you can expect to learn:

  • What your consumers retain about your brand.
  • How your brand can work for you in the digital age.
  • How to measure your brand’s impact on your audience.
  • What the drivers of brand credibility are.
What else you can expect from this evening:
  • A relaxing night of wine and hors d’eouvres
  • Networking with other creative professionals
  • Exploring The DAE’s innovative coworking community
Networking will begin at 6:30 PM, followed by a keynote at 7:00 PM with the panel beginning promptly at 7:15 PM.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Instructor Jeff presents his students' work at the end of the session.

Instructor Jeff presents his students’ work at the end of the session.

Last month, fourteen teens, ages 12-15, joined us through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) program to learn Web Design! BBBS is a program run through the Family Services of Westchester to provide children and teens (“Littles”) facing adversity with an adult (“Bigs”) mentor who do fun activities together.

The teens spent two weeks in our Web Design intensive class at The DAE with instructor Jeff, learning how to create their own original websites. Using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, the kids were able to design their web templates. Jeff taught them how to build and code the websites start to finish by teaching them basic HTML/CSS. At the end of the two weeks, the kids presented their websites and amazed us all with their fully functioning sites and creativity!

We at The DAE were so excited to share this time with BBBS and we look forward to hosting them again soon!

A New Way to Work in the 21st Century

A career is a very different thing today in comparison to a career 10 years ago. In the past, you could get a job for a big company, work your way into a more senior position, and spend the rest of your working life with the company until you retire. These days, there are very few industries that can promise a disruptive free career. Companies are constantly making cutbacks, closing departments and laying off workers. It is for this reason we are seeing more and more individuals starting their own business. Paul B. Brown writes in his Blog, Action Trumps Everything: Succeeding in the New Workplace (and life):

…You’d better be prepared to create something on the side, no matter what you are currently doing for a living. This is true if you’re 18 or 58.  Even if you currently work for the world’s best company, someone could acquire the firm tomorrow, or a new invention could render your entire industry obsolete (rent many movies from a freestanding store lately; buy any maps, or a new set of encyclopedias?) Your work life is not completely within your control.

Brown’s point is that both recent college graduates and seasoned business professionals alike are turning to entrepreneurship as a way to regain some semblance of control over their professional lives.

In today’s digital age, it is simple to create, grow, and maintain a company on a shoestring budget. Between simple web design tools, web payment services, and virtual meeting software, one can start a business out of his or her home office or bedroom, and many entrepreneurs are doing just that. There are however some issues inherent with working out of the home. Home = distractions. Between your TV, pets, kids, etc., working out of the home can be an extraordinarily unproductive experience. If you are in a business where you are regularly meeting with clients, using your home office or a Starbucks as a meeting place is less than professional. In addition, the solitude of working at home is counterintuitive with entrepreneurship. Creating a business requires a lot of discussion and sharing of ideas between creative people. Ideas flourish when 3rd parties can offer their feedback on ideas, marketing strategies etc. The entrepreneur is faced with a dilemma in 21st century: Where do you go to work that’s outside of your home but doesn’t require the overhead costs of a rented office? Coworking was created to resolve this issue.

Founded on the values of collaboration, openness, community, accessibility, and sustainability, coworking provides the ideal place for entrepreneurs and creative people to work and interact with other professionals. The idea behind a coworking space is simple. Individuals come to a creative and productive workspace to work on their projects side by side with other people working on their own projects. In other words, people come to a coworking space to work around other people working. Memberships costs are low, keeping overhead down, and entrepreneurs and freelancers can work along sirde other entrepreneurs & freelancers, creating a collective work environment where coworkers organically network and share ideas.

Jeremy Goldman, Entreprenuer & Author of “Going Social,” wrote in his article “Why (most) Social Media is Here to Stay,”

I happened to write Going Social in various Starbucks all over Manhattan. Could I have written it primarily at home? Absolutely. But just because I needed to be alone, doesn’t mean I wanted to be alone. I remember once sitting in a Starbucks on 75th Street and 1st Avenue on a Sunday night, and I counted 18 people inside. Each and every one of them was sitting alone, largely working on laptops or reading newspapers. But they weren’t at home. Most had coffee next to them, and most weren’t really drinking it. The coffee serves as an admissions pass that entitles them to a small degree of human companionship.

A coworking space would have provided exactly what Jeremy was looking for in a place to work. He would have been able to work on his book around other people working on their own projects, providing his desired social environment without the need to buy coffee to keep the Starbucks staff at bay.

Home Base is focused on providing an ultra-low cost workspace solution for creative professionals. Our list of amenities include the usual print/scan/fax, complimentary coffee, and access to conference rooms, but we also offer amenities unique to Home Base. Our facility boasts a professional recording studio, photo/video studio, computer labs equipped with state of the art iMacs loaded with Adobe CS6 and other pro software. Members have priority access to the studios at a discounted rate, and free access to the computer labs. Also, members will receive discounts on in-house creative services including graphic & web design, video production, and more, and have free access to meet ups and workshops at The Digital Arts Experience, which range in topic from using social media for business to 3D animation & web design.

Whether you are starting your own company, developing a product, or you are a freelance video editor or graphic designer, Home Base aims to provide the ideal workspace for creative professionals in Westchester. Between our low cost membership plans, flexible and creative facility, and unique amenities, Home Base offers and ideal workplace solution in the 21st century.

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Links:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/actiontrumpseverything/2012/11/03/why-everyone-will-have-to-become-an-entrepreneur-crowd-sourced-version/

http://upstart.bizjournals.com/resources/author/2013/02/07/why-social-media-is-here-to-stay.html?page=2