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!

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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.

Mobile STEM Class Westchester

The DAE’s Mobile STEM Classroom Rolls through Westchester!

The Digital Arts Experience’s first Mobile Classroom, dubbed The DAExpress, has been running workshops, presentations, private classes, birthday parties, after school & weekend programs and more in digital art, tech and STEM-related fields all throughout Westchester since the beginning of September.

Primarily running after school programs, The DAExpress works with a variety of elementary, middle and high schools within Westchester and Rockland County including:

Students take a break from playing Minecraft in our Mobile Classroom

 

 

The DAExpress is equipped with 10 laptops, a large display device for the instructor, and a 3-D printer which can be brought on location to run various programs for kids and teens.  The cost runs $250 per hour, so with a max of 10 kids, it is essentially $25 per kid per lesson, or $200 per kid for an 8-week session.

Check out the video showcasing the Mobile Classroom and its features:

To learn more about The DAExpress, its services, and how to book a program, call (914) 644-8100, e-mail info@TheDAE.com, or visit www.TheDAE.com.

Mobile STEM Class Westchester

The DAExpress is now rolling through Westchester!

Last month, The Digital Arts Experience started running classes out of our mobile STEM classroom, The DAExpress, at schools and private homes all throughout Westchester, Rockland and Fairfield Counties. While most of the classes take place on-site at schools for after school programming, The DAExpress also runs custom classes right outside of people’s homes and will soon start running Minecraft birthday parties for kids.

So what is the vehicle all about?

  • The DAExpress is essentially a DAE classroom on wheels
  • Can accommodate up to 10 students at once
  • Equipped with 10 brand new 15″ Macbook Pros
  • Makerbot Replicator 2 3D Printer available for 3D Printing classes
  • Runs after school programs, private classes or birthdays at your location
  • Equipped with 2 first aid kits, a fire extinguisher
  • A DAE staff member that is trained in CPR, AED & First Aid will be present at all times.

Well, this sounds really cool. But is it safe for the kids?

Rob Kissner, President of The DAE said,

“We have taken all measures to ensure the safety of each and every person that sets foot in The Digital Arts Express. While a program is in session, the vehicle will be parked with the emergency brake applied and wheels will be secured with industrial grade chocks.”

Kisser also goes on to add that the vehicle uses an advanced ventilation system using BlueTEC Clean Diesel technology to ensure that fresh air is continually circulated at a comfortable temperature.

More about BlueTEC Clean Diesel:

  • It’s the world’s most advanced, ultra-low emissions engine.
  • Using a solution called AdBlue, the system converts typical exhaust fumes into nitrogen and oxygen, which is naturally in the air we breath.
  • ADAC, Germany’s largest automobile association, rates BlueTEC as #1 in CO2 emissions.
  • BlueTEC is the greenest & cleanest diesel technology in the world.

How can I get involved?

For local schools, we’ve typically worked with the PTA president or the person in charge of after school or lunchtime programming. If you are interested in getting your kid’s school involved, e-mail Rob Kissner at Rob@TheDAE.com.

For a private lesson at your home, feel free to reach out to our Director of Community Relations, Jess Hachigian, and he’ll help you with everything you need to get it all set up!

For any other questions, inquiries feel free to give us a call at (914) 644-8100, e-mail us at info@TheDAE.com, or visit our website at www.TheDAE.com.

Ring in the New Year: Family Friendly New Year Activities in Westchester

The Digital Arts Experience is excited to support the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District and our friends at Harquin Creative Group by helping Ring in the New Year on December 31st at New Roc City.

Ring in the new year new rochelle

According to NewRochelleNY.com the festivities are set to begin at 10:30 am and will feature face painting, arts and crafts, martial arts and sports demonstrations, snacks, clowns, magicians, games and more. At noon, 325th Anniversary Chair Marianne Sussman and committee members will join radio personality Jimmy Fink of 107.1 The Peak to ring in 2014 in true Times Square fashion with a thrilling release of thousands of festive, brightly-colored balloons!

Ring in the New Year Balloon Drop

If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly way to spend your new year (where you won’t be out too late!), definitely check out Ring in the New Year tomorrow, bright and early!

Ring in the New Year Kids

Computer Science Education Week Dec. 9th – 15th : The Hour of Code 2013!

Computer Science Education Week Dec. 9th – 15th : The Hour of Code 2013!

At The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains, NY, we are proud to offer computer programming and coding classes after school, on weekends and summer break for kids and teens. With December 9th – 15th, 2013 being “Computer Science Education Week”, we wanted to highlight the importance of the initiative as well as raise awareness in the Westchester community.

There is currently a plethora of social media coverage and support this week and the goal is to get more educators and schools involved. Not only is learning code an incredibly valuable skill, but it’s actually fun and not that difficult to learn!

According to Computer Science Education Week:

  • Computer science is a top paying college degree and computer programming jobs are growing at 2X the national average

  • Exposure to CS leads to some of the best-paying jobs in the world. But 75% of our population is underrepresented

  • 9 out of 10 schools don’t offer computer programming classes

“We need young Americans like you to master the tools and technology that will change the way we do just about everything,” he said in his video. “Don’t just buy a new video game, make one. Don’t just download the latest app, help design it. Don’t just play on your phone, program it.” – President Obama, calling on U.S. students to learn code.

We implore you to check out Code.org and learn an #HourOfCode! Take the challenge and find out for yourself that anybody can learn. Tweet your progress at @Codeorg and join the conversation with thousands of others!

In the same breath, we are very excited to announce that we have opened up even more computer programming classes for younger kids and teens. Starting in January 2014, we will be running Game Programming with Scratch classes for kids as young as 7.

Additionally, we will offering more coding classes in Processing, Java, and HTML for kids ages 9 and up. Check out what classes we will be offering and encourage your kid and their friends to get on board and take the initiative to learn code!

Our classes are small sized, 100% hands on, goal oriented, and designed to give real world exposure. Set up a class for your kids and their friends today! Give us a call at (914) 644-8100 or e-mail Cristina@TheDAE.com to get you started!

Winter Break Programs for kids in Westchester

School Break and Winter Programs for kids in Westchester

Interdisciplinary Classes for Kids In Westchester at The Digital Arts Experience

Interdisciplinary Classes for Kids In Westchester at The Digital Arts Experience

The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a 4-day long Winter Break Boot Camp for the kids and teens of Westchester County.

Experience the Digital Arts: Interdisciplinary Program (Ages 9-12)

This customized program is designed to provide the students with the opportunity to experience and experiment with various fields in the digital arts, including: 2D Animation & Visual Effects, Video Production, Graphic Design, Audio & Sound Effects. Each student will work hands-on with and gain foundational knowledge in the professional level hardware and software used in each area of  study.

The students will work at The Digital Arts Experience from 9:00AM – 4:00PM on:

Thursday, Dec. 26th
Friday, Dec. 27th
Monday, Dec. 30th
Tuesday, Dec. 31st

There will be 2 90 minute breaks throughout the day, and a lunch break as well. (Lunch will not be included)

They will create, plan and produce a multi-media project. The project will include planning/storyboarding, shooting, and editing video, creating animated titles and adding visual effects, adding sound effects and an original score, and designing a movie poster.

The tuition for this customized program is $550 per student. Each student will spend a total of 35 hours in our facility throughout the 4 days, resulting in cost of approximately $137.50 per day per student or approximately $19.60 per hour per student. Nothing else will be required to bring in besides a USB flash drive so each student can save their work.

To register, please follow this link: http://fs21.formsite.com/TheDAE/form2/index.html.

Feel free to e-mail Cristina at Cristina@thedae.com, or give a call to (914) 644-8100 if you have any questions or comments.