After School & Saturday STEAM Programs for Kids in Westchester, NY

After School & Saturday STEAM Programs for Kids in Westchester, NY at The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE).

NEW CLASSES

We strive to stay cutting edge, which is why we’ve introduced new classes this Spring including: Tabletop Game Design, It’s Alive! Bringing Monsters to Life with Blender, Product Design & more!

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES

Enroll in either 6 or 12 weeks of a course. Weekday programs are 90 minutes long, weekend are 2 hours.

CREATE SOMETHING AMAZING

Our programs follow DAE curriculum designed with STEAM fields in mind. We want our students to have fun all while learning the most up to date digital arts and technology skills!

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Starting March 7th, we will be offering a whole new set of youth programs. From 3D Printing to Animation, have your child explore their creative interests in one of our after school or weekend programs.

For more information, please visit our website at: http://www.TheDAE.com

Give us a call at (914) 644-8100 or

E-mail us at info@TheDAE.com.

 

The Digital Arts Experience

170 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 100

White Plains, NY 10601

 

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4-week STEM Crash Courses in Westchester

4-week Crash Courses in June

The Digital Arts Experience of White Plains, Westchester County will be hosting 4-week STEM related crash courses starting in June. With their Summer STEM Camps quickly approaching and many of their after school and Saturday courses coming to a close, providing 4-week programs are just enough to get a student’s feet wet and introduce them to a possible field they are interested in pursuing.

CRASH COURSES INCLUDE:

  • Intro to Computer Science using Python (Ages 9-12)
  • 3D Printing with Minecraft (Ages 9-12)
  • Intro to Filmmaking (Ages 12 & up)
  • Digital Photography (Ages 12 & up)
  • Scratch Coding (Ages 9 -12)
  • Java Game Programming (Ages 12 & up)

WHY WE’RE DIFFERENT:

Small class sizes
Each student will work hands-on & receive the attention he or she needs from the instructor.

Focus on exposure
Our students will explore industry level techniques and projects.

Goal-oriented
The instructors facilitate setting and achieving goals.

Collaboration is #1
Our classes encourage social development in addition to technical skills.

Complete projects
Use for a portfolio, college application, resume and more!

Strictly Anti-Bully
Words hurt just as much as fists. We provide a safe and fun environment for our students and have a zero tolerance for bullying of any kind.

LEARN MORE:

To find out more about our 4-week crash courses, explore our website at www.TheDAE.com.

To see our 4-week Crash Course Schedule & to register click here.

To learn more about our Summer STEM Camp Schedule & registration click here.

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.

Learn About Arduino: Programming Class Now Offered in Westchester

by Megan Johnson, intern

We’ve talked before about the importance of learning coding in this day and age. But how do we begin to engage young students in such a seemingly complex field?

Open source programs offer a fun way for kids to discover a potential passion in coding. As Regina ten Bruggencate, senior Java developer for iPROFS, says, “Games can be a great way to get interested in programming,” including Minecraft and Arduino. These two programs are ones that we at The DAE teach our students in order to help them learn coding in a fun way!

According to Arduino’s website,

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

Arduino functions as an inexpensive microcontroller module that can be as easy or as advanced as users need it to be.  For those who don’t know, an open-source program, like Arduino, has codes that are openly available to the public for use or modification at no cost. The point of using programs like Arduino and Minecraft is to teach kids how to program games, meanwhile teaching them all about computer programming without any unnecessary computer jargon that goes over their heads.

As we mentioned in a recent post, computer programming jobs are steadily increasing. Oracle OpenWorld argues that it is incredibly relevant and important for kids to learn programming:

Who cares if kids don’t become involved in IT? Well, many people should. Data shows that well-paying careers will be sent overseas if qualified candidates can’t be found on home soil. As technology becomes increasingly integrated in daily life, the number of opportunities is likely to continue to rise.

What a concept. Having kids play games and design their own is a way to give them a secure future, not to mention some pretty awesome new skills.

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Interested in having YOUR children learn Arduino or Minecraft?
Check out our upcoming events and class offerings!

Minecraft Tournament (Ages 9-13) Sat, Nov 16th 11AM – 12PM

Intro to Arduino  (Ages 13-17) Tues 4:00PM – 7:00PM starting Dec. 3rd

Physical Computing Project Lab: Arduino (Ages 13-17) Wed 6PM – 8PM starting Dec 4th

Check out our other programs being offered here.