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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5 ways your kids can have an enriching summer

5 Ways Your Kids Can Have an Enriching Summer

5 Ways Your Kids Can Have an Enriching Summer

And you too!

5 ways your kids can have an enriching summer

A few tips for staying active and engaged this summer.

It’s that time of the year again. The weather is heating up, the ice cream truck is making its rounds and school is out. In today’s tech world, making sure your kids stay active and engaged this summer can be more challenging than ever.

Here are 5 ways your kids can have an enriching summer, learn new things and still have fun in the sun.

 

  1. Compromise on Indoor Activities

Sometimes kids want to stay indoors and play video games all day while it’s a perfect Ferris Bueller day outside. That’s okay. Just like adults, kids also fall into different moods depending on the day.  Don’t try to fight it. Think of it as an outlet for kids. Video games serve as a great  escape, stress reliever and have proven to help train the brain to become more agile and improve strategic thinking.

 

  1. Moderation

Of course with any indoor activity should come moderation. Especially in the summer. Vitamin D has proven to improve one’s overall mental well-being. Make sure to regulate your kid’s indoor time by balancing it out with outdoor activities. Even something as simple as going out to grab a smoothie or some ice cream can serve as an “excuse” to get some fresh air.

 

  1. Reward Your Kids

Going hand in hand with moderation, reward your kids for good behavior. For the times they actually do shut off their video games or put their phone down when you ask them to, make it known that you appreciate it. As stated earlier, in this tech world, we live in a world of not only instant gratification but constant distraction too. There are plenty of fun activities that you can do together. Have fun and experience new things with your kids. You’ll find that it is just as rewarding to yourself, too.

 

  1. Engage in Their Interests

There are plenty of both indoor and outdoor summer camps that meet your kid’s interests. Nowadays, there are camps for just about everything! Language camps, sports camps, tech camps, sleepaway camps and countless others. Talk to your kids. Find out what they are passionate about. Are they obsessed with Minecraft? Flip that around and make it educational. There’s plenty of Summer Tech camps that teach kids how to code using Minecraft.

 

       5. Be patient

Before you know it, your kids will be all grown up and ready to leave for college. One day you’ll sit back and reflect on how it all went by so fast. Remember to breathe. Live in the present and enjoy the now. Appreciate every sunny day, but also find good in the rainy ones too. Create lasting memories with your kids that’ll enrich their lives and form strong bonds with you.

 

 


 

The Digital Arts Experience is a learning center that specializes in extra-curricular STEM classes and camps in the greater Westchester area. They offer classes in computer programming with ScratchPython & Java, 3D printing, 3D animation, 3D game design and much more. To learn more about the Digital Arts Experience, please visit theDAE.com.

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Summer STEM Camp 2016 schedule now live!

SUMMER-STEM

White Plains, Westchester, NY– The Digital Arts Experience’s (The DAE) 2016 Summer STEM / Tech / Computer Camp schedule is now live! Programs range from:

  • 3D Printing
  • Animation
  • Coding & Computer Programming
  • Electronics
  • Design
  • LEGO
  • Minecraft
  • …and more!

Still in the process of filling out the schedule, The DAE has a solid base of their “bread & butter” programs already available for registration. By following this link, you’ll be directed to their Summer STEM Camp website where you can learn much more specific details about camp such as dates, times, prices and even find the early bird discount code.

Students can choose to enroll for 1 or 2 weeks for either a full or half day. To view individual registration pages for each session, click the respective links below:

To view the entire schedule as a whole, follow this link.

Last summer, The DAE had nearly 200 unique students attend their Summer STEM programs. Also, with some new classes and updated curriculum, kids are sure to have lots of fun while learning valuable information.

For the past three and a half years, The Digital Arts Experience has provided quality, accessible technology education to kids and teens of Westchester, Putnam, Fairfield and Rockland Counties.

With classes for young beginners like Game Programming with Scratch, Stop Motion Animation and Digital Drawing, to intermediate and advanced classes in Electronics, Game Programming with Python and Java, 3D Printing, 3D Animation and 3D Game Design, The DAE is the area’s authority in STEM/STEAM Education. They will also be rolling out several new programs in January which include 3D Character Modeling & Sculpting, Wearable Technology and 3D Jewelry Design.

The DAE also brings unique curriculum and teaching methodology to schools, community centers and private groups in the area. Working with over 25 schools in Westchester, Connecticut, The Bronx, and Manhattan, and seeing literally hundreds of kids each week, The DAE is able to do this and much more with their revolutionary mobile classroom: The Digital Arts Express.

 

2015 Midsummer Highlights at The DAE

Midsummer Recap

Before we relive the highlights of the first part of the summer, there’s still plenty of time to end your summer at the Digital Arts Experience. Summer Session 4 runs from August 17th to the 28th, and we end our summer camps with Summer Session 5 from August 31st to September 4th. If you can’t make it for the summer, don’t worry because Fall Registration is currently live and the The DAExpress is taking bookings for Minecraft birthday parties.

Class in MakerspaceOur summer kicked off with a record high number of registrations for Summer Session 1 compared to previous years. We greatly enjoyed the packed facility and buzzing energy that brought along. On the last day of the first session, the DAE hosted a celebration for our 3 year anniversary!

DAE 3 Year PartyIn addition to enjoying good food and company, attendants heard the DAE announce two new ventures: DAELearning and DAE Makerclub. DAElearning will be an online subscription based site that provides members with interesting, educational videos on Programming Languages, 3D Printing, Mac Basics, and much more.Members of DAE Makerclub will have complete and unlimited access to our facility including labs, 3D printers, and more.

DAE Makerclub

Then Summer Session 2 came along and broke the record the previous session had just set. This high number was partially due the numerous kids who reenrolled in our classes. Our site was at max capacity with every single computer being used! Summer Session 3 started smoothly and is currently going on. Check out a student made short film below.

The Digital Arts Experience Summer STEM 2015 in Westchester

Learn about The Digital Arts Experience’s summer STEM and tech camp courses in ‪‎Westchester‬ County from President Rob Kissner.

Visit http://www.TheDAE.com to learn more!

The Digital Arts Experience summer STEM courses in Westchester County from President Rob Kissner.

The Digital Arts Experience
170 Hamilton Ave, Suite 100
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 644-8100
The Digital Arts Experience aims to provide a unique opportunity for the kids & teens of the Westchester, Rockland and Fairfield communities to explore the world of creative technology, digital art, STEM related fields and more!

Our programs are goal oriented and focus on hands on learning so each and every student will complete his or her class with incredible original work that can go towards creating a portfolio.

We strive to expose our students to the digital world in order to help them discover new talents and possible career paths.

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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.

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

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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!