Summer STEM Camp Class Spotlight: Computer Programming / Coding

The Digital Arts Experience in Westchester, NY starts Summer STEM Camp programs on July 5th.

The DAE’s classes and camps provide students with opportunities to explore digital arts and the world of technology in a fun, collaborative and dynamic environment.

scratch programming

Students at The Digital Arts Experience in Westchester, NY working on the tile-based Scratch programming language, developed by MIT.

In this blog entry, we are going to shine the spotlight on one of our most popular class topics: Computer Programming & Coding. 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. Let’s take a closer look at our class description for each topic:

    • 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.
  • Java
    • An intro course that is a great start for older and younger 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.
  • Javascript App Development
    • 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.
  • Processing
    • This course will explore taking programming off of the computer screen. An Arduino Microcontroller will be used together with Processing code to create interactive programs. These programs will have visual components from Processing and physical components from the Arduino.
  • Python
    • 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.
  • Ruby
    • This course will cover all of the basics of computer programming using the powerful Ruby language. Since its inception in 1993, Ruby has grown to become one of the largest scripting languages in the world, sought out by many employers. Throughout the course, students will learn how to write simple yet effective code, learning the core concepts of program creation in the process. By the end of the course, students will have completed 3 working programs, and a small text-based Role Playing Game.
  • Scratch
    • 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 concepts such as event handlers, loops, conditions, operators and variables are taught.

      Students complete class tutorials that teach and reinforce programming concepts in a way that fosters critical thinking, time management and problem solving. They also employ design thinking, creating their own games on paper and seeing them through to their digital conception.

For the Fall of 2016, we are working on curriculum for App Development using the Swift language as well as several more advanced coding classes.

Join us next Thursday, June 16th from 5-7PM for Open House where you can tour our facility, meet our instructors and view student work. Learn more about our Summer STEM programs here by visiting our website.



About The Digital Arts Experience

The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) was founded in 2012 to meet the need for students to help them develop their interest in all things digital. Founder and president Rob Kissner recognized the opportunity to offer youth a collaborative, creative community, in which they could learn, explore, and share new ideas using cutting edge technology. Rob has turned this concept into a reality by bringing together an outstanding group of instructors at our 8,000 sq foot state-of-the-art facility in White Plains, New York.

The Digital Arts Experience offers students fully equipped classrooms featuring the latest creative software, a makerspace with 3D printers and scanners, a photo and video studio, a recording studio and more. In 2014, DAE launched a new mobile tech lab, dubbed The Digital Arts Express (The DAExpress), to meet the demand for after-school programs on-location in Westchester and Fairfield Counties.  The DAExpress is focused on making The DAE’s cutting edge technology and curriculum accessible to all youth in Westchester & Connecticut. The DAE provides a completely unique, personalized experience for every student who enrolls in their after-school, school break or summer programs.

The DAE’s instructors are experienced and passionate about teaching digital arts to kids ages 6 and up, and they are continuously involved with expanding the DAE course catalog with leading edge technologies and teaching techniques. DAE culture promotes innovation and engagement, and ensures each student is able to access what they need to help explore their creative passions.  DAE classes and camps provide students with opportunities to explore digital arts and the world of technology in a fun, collaborative and dynamic environment.

E-mail or call (914) 644-8100 for more information.



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.

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Open House and Student Showcase at The DAE in Westchester

By Lory Murariu, Intern at The Digital Arts Experience

This on Thursday, April 30th, we held an Open House at The Digital Arts Experience to showcase all the great projects our students have made during our Spring Break camps and after school programs. If you missed it, we will be having two more Open House Dates; May 28th and June 18th!


In the past few months, students have made countless creative projects in so many different areas such as 3D Printing, Scratch coding, video editing, and much more. The Open House took place from 7pm at our site which is located in Westchester county. Parents and kids observed our 3D printing setup, Scratch workshops and asked questions about our summer sessions.

We are so excited to present our lineup for our new Summer STEM Camps that are starting July 6th. We are offering 5 different sessions where students can choose from a morning or afternoon session, or a class in both for a full day. When you sign up for a program during our Open House, you will receive 10% off of enrollment. 

Check out our Summer STEM Camp schedule here!

We are looking forward to sharing the variety of student work with parents, students and the community!

For more information please visit or RSVP at

Summer 2015 STEM Camp Westchester

Jeff Soto, programming Instructor at The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains, Westchester, NY.

New STEM and programming courses for kids in Westchester!

We, here at The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains, Westchester NY, are proud and excited to announce two NEW programming and web development courses for kids that we are currently adding, and a few extra courses coming this year!

Text-Adventures with Java:

We will be teaching an advanced Java Course that will build off of and develop the skills learned in our Java 101 Course. Students will spend time learning how developers in the real-world face complex problems. They will learn how to think ambiguously, write pseudocode, and develop algorithms to solve the problems they will encounter as they progress through the course. Furthermore, their Final Project will be in the form of a text-adventure, in which, the students will create their own story-line. Our objective is to teach the Java language in depth, while facilitating a fun, creative, engaging, and hands-on experience that encourages curiosity, teamwork, and critical thinking. This course will be a prerequisite to one of our future courses coming this year; Web Applications with Java: Hard-Coding a 2D game.

Programming 101 using Ruby:

This course is specifically designed to teach the core concepts of programming. We have designed the curriculum with the goal of teaching our students to think like a programmer. Students will learn to embrace abstract thought and practice common coding conventions. Being able to code with convention and conciseness in mind, is key to creating beautiful reusable code, that can be distributed worldwide. The Ruby programming language is currently sky-rocketing within the software industry, with employers seeking candidates whom are not only educated in the language, but are able to think pragmatically. This course assumes no prior programming experience, but is equally useful for those on an intermediate level.


  • Intro to JavaScript
  • Intro to jQuery
  • HTML5 Canvas: Game Development for The Web
  • Web Applications with Ruby on Rails
  • Android App Development with Android Studio
  • iOS App Development with Swift
  • Java Applets: 2D Game Creation

Why Take These Courses?

To put it simply…. because you should become digitally literate. Programming is, in essence, applied Math and Science. It teaches us to think smarter, faster, and more efficiently. It’s no secret that software and computers are changing our society. With so many of our industries relying on Software Programs to automate their daily tasks, it’s becoming more and more evident that we need to educate not only ourselves, but our youth. The tech industry is booming. Job growth is estimated to increase between 20% and 30% for Computer related fields by the year 2020. Employers are seeking computer literate individuals more than ever before. To add to that, in 2013, a study conducted by the Census Bureau found that 83.8% of households reported computer ownership, and 73.4% reported internet use. With STEM technology rapidly evolving and embedding itself in our daily lives, it is imperative that we learn how computers communicate, and what goes into creating, reading, and writing software programs. Below is a small list of a few jobs in the software industry and their respected average salaries: (Keep in mind the estimated 30% job growth in this industry)

1) Java Developers

2) Ruby Developers

3) Web Developers

To sum it up, we urge you to come learn with us. Tell your friends and family, and spread the word. The Digital Arts Experience of White Plains in Westchester is committed to empowering today’s youth, as well as, any adult whom wants to learn or sharpen their digital skills! Contact us via email, phone, or website. Thank you for reading!

-Jeff, Software Instructor at The Digital Arts Experience

Jeff Soto, programming Instructor at The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains, Westchester, NY.

Jeff Soto, programming Instructor at The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains, Westchester, NY.

To learn more about the programming, web development (HTML5), coding and STEM classes that we are offering for kids and teens in Westchester County, visit our website at

To view our After School schedule, click here.

To view our Summer STEM Camps, click here.

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!



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!


Minecraft & League of Legends Tournament




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!



Build Your Own 3D Printer at The DAE in Westchester!

The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains, Westchester NY will be running a “Build Your Own 3D Printer” workshop on June 23rd and June 24th from 3:00PM – 7:00PM.

Students will get their own Build Your Own 3D Printer kits and over the course of a 2-day workshop, assemble it and get to go home with a fully functional 3D Printer. No prior knowledge of electronics is required, all you need to bring is yourself! The students will be working with Printrbot Simple 2014 3D Printer Kit. The cost for each printer kit is $350 and factored into the total class cost.

Feel free to check out our registration page and reach out to us if you’ve got any questions! (914) 644-8100


Rob Kissner named 2014 Rising Star 40 Under 40 in Westchester

The Business Council of Westchester has just announced it’s 2014 Class of Rising Stars: 40 Under 40 and Rob Kissner, President and CEO of The Digital Arts Experience has been chosen as one of this year’s winners of this prestigious award!

According to Hudson Valley Reporter:

This year’s winners represent a wide-range of professionals from various backgrounds including law, government, media, politics, education and the arts. Business Council officials said that the honorees are among the finest young talents in Westchester County and work with some of the region’s best companies and institutions.


Tara Rosenblum from News12 Westchester will serve as Emcee for the event which will take place on Thursday, June 12th from 5:00PM – 8:00PM.

Rob was chosen last year as one of 914 INC’s Wunderkinds and all of us at The Digital Arts Experience are thrilled and extremely proud to have him selected as one of this year’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. We send out a well-deserved “CONGRATS!” to all of this year’s winners

The Digital Arts Experience runs premiere 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.

From 3D Printing to Animation, Coding, Computer Programming, Graphic Design, Robotics, Web Design and more, The Digital Arts Experience’s 8,000 sq ft facility boasts 4 media labs, a photography/video studio, and professional recording studio.


Rob Kissner, President & CEO of The Digital Arts Experience chosen as The Business Council of Westchester’s Rising Stars 2014: 40 Under 40.

Schedule a tour to come by and chat more about our programs by giving us a call at (914) 644-8100 or e-mail us at!

Digital Music Summer Camp in White Plains Westchester NY

Digital Music Summer Camp in White Plains, Westchester NY at The Digital Arts Experience. Spring & Summer options, no prior musical experience required.

New Digital Music Programs in White Plains, Westchester NY at The DAE

Digital Music Programs & Summer Camp in White Plains, Westchester NY at The DAE


Music for Minecraft 

Ages 8-12


Do you love Minecraft? Do you spend so much time breaking and placing blocks that you wish you could do more with your favorite game? Well now you can!  

  • write music to compliment your game 
  • create sound effects with foley
  • create a whole new sound for YOUR Minecraft and gaming experience!

Come have fun and learn some cool tricks of how to enhance your gaming experience in this unique music program!


Session 1: July 7th – July 18th, 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Session 2: July 21st – Aug. 1st, 1:00PM – 3:30PM

Session 3: Aug 4th – Aug 15th, 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Session 5: Aug 25th – Aug 29th, 1:00PM, 3:30PM

Click here to register or learn more:


Songwriting and Production 101

Ages 10+


Did you ever wish you could write a song like Taylor Swift? Justin Timberlake? Rhianna? Katy Perry? Pharrell? Lorde? Eminem? One Direction? Miley Cyrus? Jay Z? Beyonce? Ariana Grande? Pink? Or any other of your favorite performing artists and bands? 

This summer, learn how to write like the pros WITH a professional producer/composer and songwriter! Get hands on experience writing in a professional music studio and learn how to create catchy memorable lyrics that you’ll have your friends singing along to like you’re the next number one artist on Billboard’s Top 100!


Session 1: July 7th – July 18th, 1:00PM – 3:30PM

Session 2: July 21st – Aug. 1st, 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Session 3: Aug 4th – Aug 15th, 1:00PM – 3:30PM

Session 5: Aug 25th – Aug 29th, 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Click here to register or learn more:


Intro to Digital Music Production

Ages 8-12


Whether you are a singer, in a band, play a musical instrument, or are just curious how to create your own sound effects, this class is for you! Students will work in our professional Recording Studio and learn how to use the soundboard and software (GarageBand, Logic Pro X). You’ll create and record your own music and sounds, as well as learn how to edit & mix!


Session 4: Aug 18th – Aug 22nd, 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Click here to register or learn more:


Music Studio Composition & Production

Ages 13+


Are you thinking of starting a degree or career in the music industry? Are you starting your music degree in the fall? If you want to get a jumpstart in learning professional music composition and production or you want to see if this is the degree or career for you then this is your program!

Learn the basics on a college level and be confident when you walk into your major in the fall! Or, be confident that this is the career path for you! Work with a professional music composer, studio musician, arranger and producer that has and continues to work on hit television shows for major networks, blockbuster films and with world renown composers and performing artists!  You will work in The DAE’s state of the art music studio learning how to use Logic Pro to create professional songs and music compositions for film, television, commercials and even video games!


Session 4: Aug 18th – Aug 22nd, 1:00PM – 3:30PM

Click here to register or learn more:

Summer Tech Camp Open House 

This summer, The Digital Arts Experience is offering some of the most unique programs in Westchester. Our camps are focused on providing kids and teens with a hands-on exploration into the digital world in a collaborative and non-competitive environment. We pride ourselves on adhering to low student to teacher ratio which never exceeds six to one. Best of all, each of our student his or her class with complete work that can be used in a portfolio or college application! Programs include:


  • Visual Effects & Video Production
  • Digital Photography
  • 3D Printing & Prototyping
  • Stop Motion Animation w/ Legos
  • Anime/Manga Drawing
  • Intro to Electronics w/ Arduino
  • 3D Minecraft Animations
  • 3D Animation & Modeling
  • Graphic Design – Photoshop & Illustrator
  • Web Design with HTLM/CSS
  • Intro to Computer Programming
  • Game Programming with Scratch
  • Game Programming with Java


We are going to offering two open house dates that will provide an interactive exploration into our summer programs. Join us to learn about our classes, meet our instructors, explore our incredible facility and see real examples of student work! The open house will be trade show style – you can walk through our great room from table to table, learning about each of programs that we will be offering this summer. If you feel that the open house is a good fit and want to register, we will gladly extend a discount on enrollment just for joining us at the open house! 


Dates: May 22nd and June 18th from 4:00PM – 8:00PM


We don’t require an RSVP, just stop by when it is convenient for you and we will welcome you to our facility! 

3D Character Design

Intro to 3D Animation with Blender: Classes at The Digital Arts Experience in Westchester

Hey Westchester! Summer is fast approaching. It officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 21, 2013, at 1:04 A.M EDT, to be exact. At around the same time, The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) in White Plains, NY will be busily preparing to begin its summer camps for kids and teens that start the second week of July.

Although their camps will run Monday through Friday from 9:00AM – 4:00PM, The DAE wanted to provide alternate options for weekend classes. Starting the day after the summer solstice, The DAE will begin an 8-week Saturday 3D Animation class for teens ages 16-20.

The class, entitled “Intro to 3D Animation using Blender” will give teens the opportunity to explore the open source program Blender, and learn how to create their own stunning 3D characters and animations.

The DAE’s very own Animation instructor, Nicholas Sceusa, was recently interviewed by Phil Shapiro, educator and open source software enthusiast via In the interview, Nick discusses his use of Blender at The Digital Arts Experience in Westchester, and how he teaches it to high school students. To view the blog entry, please follow the link: Teaching the open source creative tool, Blender, to high school students.

The Digital Arts Experience’s classes are small, 100% hands on and focus on collaboration so your teen will develop social, technical and creative skills for the present and for the future. The classes are held at a max of 6 students so that everyone gets the personal, individualized attention they deserve. Everyone also gets their own 21.5” iMac computer to work on throughout the class, to enable them to work with the most up to date digital arts tools and technologies. To sign up today, please refer to the teen program application form.

As for the Summer Camps at The DAE, kids & teens can choose their area of interest in either: Animation, Graphic Design, Moviemaking, Photography and Web Design. These 2-week programs are all project based, so everyone will leave with completed projects and work to show for a portfolio. To view the summer camp application, please refer to this link.

The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) is a community focused learning & production facility located in downtown White Plains that teaches courses for kids, teens and adults in Animation, Graphic Design, Moviemaking, Photography, Web Design, Blogging, computer/smart phone basics and more. In addition to teaching classes, The DAE also offers creative and design services to help your business grow. With their in-house professional photography/video studio, fully equipped recording studio, 4 computer labs with all of the latest professional software and industry active staff, The DAE prides itself on being not only a resource for the community, but a productive place you can go to meet other like-minded individuals who share your interests.

Stop by at any time for a tour of its brand new, state-of-the-art 8,000 sq. ft facility, or feel free to call 914-644-8100, e-mail, or visit for more information!