Are High School Students Smarter than a Railroad Engineer?

(White Plains, October 24th, 2016) The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains, Westchester, NY announces the first teen challenge that tests the creativity of High school students using ultra-low cost technology to bring significant tech solutions to infrastructure problems.

This one day “hackathon” in December, at their center in downtown White Plains will host teams from area high schools that will compete to build a better railroad safety systems using extremely low-cost sensors and controllers.

The contest will be mentored by science teachers who will shepherd the students through the usage of Arduino controllers, inexpensive sensors and a simple programming language.

“The accessibility of powerful, low cost technology coupled with the uninhibited, innovative minds of the youth of today should make this an exciting event,” says DAE Director, Rob Kissner. “High Schools students are extraordinarily creative and technically inclined and may provide us with new ideas and insights that completely change the way we look at public safety in all industries.”

“The great thing about youth is that they are not beholden to the past and bring really fresh thinking,” says co-organizer Alan Brody, a tech entrepreneur, startup coach and author.

The Future – Collisions Anywhere
The kinds of ultra-cheap technology the teens will develop in this one day contest could be used anywhere that a collision is possible, such as with pillars in parking lots, shopping carts and parked cars and even with aiding the elderly or the blind.

The grand prize of $500 is being donated by the Brody family of Edgemont in honor of Ellen Schaeffer Brody and the victims who were lost or injured at the tragic incident in Valhalla in 2015.

ABOUT THE SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12th PROGRAM

The Challenge
Each team will have the same set of tools: an Arduino Uno microprocessor, various basic sensors (light, pressure, temperature sensors, etc.), and various simple output devices (LEDs, buzzers, motors, etc.). Teams will design, build and test their systems in real world scenarios with aid of mentors throughout the process.

The Cost of the Tech
The total cost of each construct is expected to be under $50 – in some cases as low as $20.

Free to Participate
This challenge is open to all high school students and is free to participate. DAE will provide all controller and sensor equipment although students are free to supplement if they wish.

To participate go to tinyurl.com/ArduinoTeenChallenge.

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Summer STEM Camp is Underway!

The Digital Arts Experience’s Summer STEM Camp 2016 in Westchester is now underway! Take a sneak peak at what our camps are like in the video below from Session 1.

There is still plenty of time to enroll in later sessions! Learn more at www.TheDAE.com, give us a call at (914) 644-8100 or e-mail us at info@TheDAE.com.

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Top 3 STEM Careers & Ways to Prepare Your Child in Westchester

DAE + STEAM

The Digital Arts Experience of Westchester, NY strives to expose kids at an early age to top level STEAM education.

Top 3 STEM Careers & Ways to Prepare Your Child in Westchester County, NY

We’ve collected data from various sources to compile our own ‘Top 3 Hot STEM Careers’ list and how our programs in Westchester County, NY can give your child a head start.

The Digital Arts Experience of White Plains, NY strives to make STEM curriculum accessible to all youth in Westchester & Connecticut with cutting edge technology. The DAE provides a completely unique, personalized experience for every student who enrolls in our after-school, school break or summer programs. But first, here are a few quick facts about STEM Careers via The U.S. Department of Labor Blog:

  • The average wage for all STEM occupations is $85,570
  • 7 out of the 10 largest STEM occupations are related to computers
  • There were over 8.3 million STEM jobs as of May 2014, representing about 6.2 percent of total U.S. employment
  • Several of the U.S. industries with the highest mean wages are STEM-related

Here’s our Top 3 List of STEM Careers to look out for:

1) Engineering

Entry Level Salary: $60,000+

Average Salary: $95,000+

Petroleum, Nuclear, Chemical, Electronics and Communications, Computer Science, Aerospace & Electrical and Material Science engineering are among the highest paying STEM careers for college graduates. Engineering by definition is the branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, machines, and structures.

At The DAE, our classes closely related to engineering are:

The goal of the class is to turn your digital CAD designs into physical objects. Using CAD software, students blueprint designs and must carefully and accurately measure to scale in order to produce a functional 3D model. This course explores the design and building aspect of engineering for creating physical structures.

This multidisciplinary program not only covers electrical engineering with an introduction to electronics, but also covers the computer programming language ‘Processing’. Students bridge digital and physical engineering by coding original video games and wiring their own controllers to be used in conjunction with the game. Finally, students tap into CAD design as well where they sketch out and design their own 3D cases for their controllers and 3D Print them.

2) Computer Programming

Entry Level Salary: $50,000+

Average Salary: $74,280+

A computer programmer is, in essence, a programmer, computer programmer, developer, dev, coder, or software engineer who writes computer software. At The Digital Arts Experience, we recognize the importance of learning a computer programming language at a young age. In this rapidly advancing technological world that we live in, having the ability to program a computer is going to be a basic essential literacy.

The computer programming languages that we teach are HTML/CSS, Java, Javascript, Processing, Python, Ruby & Scratch. Here’s a closer look at our 4 hottest computer programming classes:

An intro course that is a great start for older students to begin programming using Java. Students will begin to look at Java programming and create their own games using the program, Greenfoot. These games can be either an original idea or a re-imagining of a classic. Components of Algebra, intergers, whole numbers and PEMDAS are applied.

Python is the perfect language to begin programming with actual code. It is written entirely in English and does not require abstract language or terminology, so it is easy to learn & understand. Students will start with writing simple programs and work towards programming text based games that will exercise their programming skills and develop fluency with Python. Math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as using whole numbers and negative exponents

Scratch is a tile-based visual platform that helps teach basic syntax and logic concepts that drive computer programming by users stacking command blocks together. It can be used to create virtually anything: from interactive stories and animations to video games. Students create their very own games, animations, cards and stories. Basic programming and math concepts such as event handlers, loops, conditions, operators and variables are taught.

An intro course designed to teach students the basics of iOS app development. Students in this course will learn both the basic language structure of Objective-C and the ins and outs of Apple’s free development tool Xcode, which is designed specifically to make programming iOS apps as simple as possible. By the end of the course, students will have completed several basic apps and will have the tools to continue designing apps in the future if they should desire.

3) Web Developer

Entry Level Salary: $51,000+

Average Salary: $66,000+

With a projected 20% increase over the next 10 years, web development jobs are quickly increasing by the thousands. From back end development to front facing web design, user experience, and more. Web Developer tasks include:

  • Write code to generate web pages, access databases and business logic servers.
  • Work with with designers and content producers.
  • Test and document software for web sites.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for web sites.

At The DAE, our classes closely related to engineering are:

Web Development combines elements from both the creative and technical world. In this class, students will learn how to build a website from the ground up using HTML & CSS, and explore the design aspects of putting together a stunning and modern looking site. Students will complete the class with their very own, customized sites.

Javascript is the life-blood of Web Development. It’s how we bring life to ordinary websites by making them interactive and engaging. In this course, you will learn how to write Javascript code, manipulate web pages, and build complex web applications. Along the way, students will be introduced to jQuery, a powerful JS library, and build at least 2 working web applications. By the end of the course, students will have gained the skills necessary to create their own web applications, as well as, implement their own custom Javascript into existing projects.

These numbers are in no way meant to be absolute. They’ve been collected from various websites and outlets which have all been properly credited and this Top 3 list is simply conclusions we’ve made based on that data.

All in all, it is evident that STEM Education is becoming more and more integral towards the future of careers. With proper early education in these fields, kids will surely have a head start and an advantage among their peers.

The DAE is currently enrolling for Summer STEM Camp beginning July 5th and running all throughout the entire summer. Sign up for 1 or 2 weeks for a full or half day! Learn more at: http://www.thedae.com/summer-stem-camps.

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Summer STEM Camp NY – Science, Technology, Engineering & Math in Westchester

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Summer STEM Camp NY – Science, Technology, Engineering & Math in Westchester, NY at The Digital Arts Experience:

Join us next Tuesday, May 17th for Open House from 5-7PM! Stop by at any time to explore our facility, meet our friendly staff of instructors, and learn about our exciting, cutting-edge Summer STEM camps for kids.

We will have our facility set up like a trade show with instructors at different stations so that you can ask questions and view student work!

Our Summer STEM Camps begin July 5th and run all the way through to Labor Day. Students can choose to attend for a half day – either morning or afternoon, or a full day with lunch break in the middle. Sessions run for 2 weeks total, but you can opt to only attend 1 week depending on your schedule.

So stop on by and check out what we are all about this coming Tuesday!

 

The Digital Arts Experience

170 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 100

White Plains, NY 10601

(914) 644-8100

www.TheDAE.com

 

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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.

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.

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.

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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.