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:

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Website: http://www.TheDAE.com

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

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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.

Pop Goes the Culture – Westchester’s Best Fake Awards Show Starring Andrew W.K. March 1st

Our dear friend Jon Chattman (of A-Sides with Jon Chattman) brings you the 2nd possibly annual Pop Goes the Culture Awards & Variety Show on Saturday, March 1st 5:00pm at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers.  The evening promises to be an epic night of comedy, music, and yes, fake awards.  And the best part… Andrew W.K. will be in the house to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award!

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY.  This is gearing up to be a sellout show.

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Since Westchester is such a small world, we actually know many of the acts and honorees!  Yonkers Brewing is slated to receive the “Mom & Pop” Award for having such a wonderful, thriving local small business.  Friend and comedian Carlos Gonzalez will host the award show for the second year in a row.  This dude is funny!  Our very own student Simon Cadel will also be gracing us with his comical stylings — you may never laugh so hard again.  He’s 14 but no joke, this kid performs standup with the pros all over Manhattan.  Our very own little Event Coordinator Emily Angell will sing an original tune, and DAE President Rob Kissner may even bust out with a surprise musical performance!  But you’ve got to come to find out what all the hullabaloo is about.

Plus, the whole thing is taking place at Westchester’s newest, coolest (we think) theater: the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers.  Our team will be there, will yours? See you there!

Startup Weekend Crashes White Plains with 54-hour Lesson in Entrepreneurship

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Startup Weekend Crashes White Plains with 54‐hour Lesson in Entrepreneurship

WHITE PLAINS, NY – MAY 1, 2013. This month, Westchester hosts its first-ever Startup Weekend, an event bringing together entrepreneurs, designers, developers and startup enthusiasts to participate in 54 hours of taking innovative business ideas from concept to launch.  Local CEOs, founders, and startup veterans will be on hand to provide expertise and give talks on their experiences in the fast-paced world of technology startups.

“Innovation happens because someone conceives of an idea that will make the world better, more efficient, or more interesting. We need more innovation, and it starts with entrepreneurs, designers and developers. Innovation starts here at Start Up Weekend,” says Chris Dessi, founder & CEO of Silverback Social: a social media marketing agency representing organizations like The Leukemia & Lymphoma  Society.  Dessi will be hosting the Westchester Digital Summit, a global social media & technology event being held at the Westchester County Center a few days before speaking at the kickoff of Startup Weekend White Plains.

On Friday night, attendees will take the open mic to pitch their ideas to the group in 60 seconds or less. After groups form, the rest of the weekend will be spent formulating the most popular ideas with the help of mentors and seasoned startup entrepreneurs. By Sunday, teams will be ready to present their ideas in front of a panel of judges who will award prizes, including a coworking membership at the Digital Arts Experience, a logo from the DAE’s creative team, and a valuable social media consult with Silverback Social founder & CEO Chris Dessi, all of which are targeted to help teams build their startups after the weekend.  In addition, entrepreneurs-in-training will enjoy their fill of Starbucks coffee, treats from Whole Foods, and beer courtesy of Yonkers Brewing Co.

“Part of our mission involves building a community and culture of entrepreneurs and creative people here in Westchester and the greater New York City area,” says The Digital Arts Experience’s Event Coordinator Emily Angell. “Startup Weekend is such a natural extension of that ideal… we HAD to get Startup Weekend to White Plains.”

Around 80 participants are expected to partake over the weekend; additionally, there are limited tickets available to the public for viewing the presentations on Sunday night. Although the focus is local for the White Plains attendees, Startup Weekend will also sanction events this weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah, Springfield, Illinois, as well as Canada and Tunisia.  Startup Weekend White Plains runs from Friday, May 17th at 6:00 PM to Sunday, May 19th at 9:00 PM at The Digital Arts Experience, 170 Hamilton Ave. in White Plains: a learning center for the digital media arts that features shared workspace for creative people. For more information the event, as well as tickets to participate, please visit whiteplains.startupweekend.org

ABOUT STARTUP WEEKEND: Startup Weekend is a 501c(3) non-profit based in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 2007 in Boulder, Colorado, by Andrew Hyde, the organization has been based out of Seattle since 2009 under the direction of Marc Nager. Supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation, Startup Weekend has held over 325 events around the globe, inspiring nearly 30,000 entrepreneurs to take an idea from concept to launch.

ABOUT THE DIGITAL ARTS EXPERIENCE:  The Digital Arts Experience is a creative learning hub, committed to the exploration and development of self-reliant digital literacy.  Their goal is to expose the community to the digital world and empower students to embrace the technology of today and tomorrow.  Founded on the principles of collaboration and community, this space is the first of its kind in Westchester because of its unique amenities.  With a creative team offering all-in-one production services (including audio, video, photography, web, design & animation), a spacious 8,000 square foot loft, and photo/video/audio studios boasting state-of-the-art gear, the DAE is the ideal place for creative people to team up, work, learn, grow and play.  For information on the Digital Arts Experience visit: thedae.com and for details regarding shared workspace visit: workhomebase.com.

Contact: Emily Angell at the Digital Arts Experience – 914-644-8100 or emily@thedae.com.

Emphasis on the ‘Experience’ of Connected Learning

A Day in the Life of an Audio Production student at The Digital Arts Experience.

by Emily Angell, audio engineer and instructor at The DAE – August 30th, 2012

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Emily Angell demos recording with Rob Kissner, at The Digital Arts Experience

The concept of connected learning implies that a student grows through being an active participant in his or her learning experience, instead of just a recipient of information.  It also implies that the burden of teaching lies with an interconnected network of people surrounding the student, instead of his or her teacher alone.  One of the goals of Digital Arts Experience (nice name guys!) is to implement this process. Picture this scenario:

My student (we’ll call him Joe Shmo) comes to me with a project in mind.  He is a junior who wants to create a guitar recording to help him get into a Jazz Studies program in college.  We begin the class with the basics, and I show my students (there are never more than six) a PowerPoint presentation (with several YouTube clips embedded) about the recording process.  I give them a quick tutorial of how to make a home demo using Garage Band, and have them do a one-minute group project using the technique.

Meanwhile, Joe must make a decision on what to record.  He must practice.  When he goes home he plays a couple of songs for his mother, who gives him helpful feedback on his timing.  Then he does a quick recording of the songs he’s chosen, uploads them to SoundCloud, and posts them to Facebook.  He asks his friends and family to vote on the selection they think is best.  His uncle sends him a helpful article on a finger-picking technique that would work better in the B section of the first song.  After receiving the feedback, he’s decided which tune he will record, and returns to us to make it happen.

Here at The DAE, he must go into the live room to set up his own amp and microphones, connect cables in the correct manner, and warm up so that he’s ready.  If he doesn’t know how to do something (which happens quite frequently), he has to ask.  A member of his class is in the control room manning the console and operating Logic.  She must record-arm tracks within the software and check that the sound levels aren’t too high or distorting.  Someone else must communicate with Joe, who is on the other side of the glass. “Miss, how do I get him to hear me?” one student asks.  I don’t say a word.  “Press that button to your right, it’s called the talkback.” says another student – connected learning at its finest!

Joe finishes his recording.  He’s got a great-sounding project.  Then, I send him to our Photography department, where the students there take some amazing photos of him.  He brings his photos to the Graphic Design department, where the students there create a professional-looking package for his demo CD.  At the end of it all, a student from the film department records and edits a simple music video of Joe playing his song live, so that he can put it online and link it to his college applications.  And voilà! Mission accomplished, and then some.

The moral of this story is this: I did not teach Joe how to record.  Instead, we at The DAE provided an environment in which the people in his network could support his quest to record the perfect demo.  Parties involved included his mother, his Facebook friends, his uncle, his fellow classmates, and the photography, graphic design, and film departments within The Digital Arts Experience.  In addition, he was able to use resources such as PowerPoint, YouTube, SoundCloud, GarageBand, Logic, Final Cut, and Photoshop.

In essence, the process of connected learning is exactly as it sounds.  It is the concept of evolving by being connected to those around us, as well as being invested in what we are learning and teaching.  Those are the concepts we’re trying to foster here… one experience at a time.