Minecraft Tournament this weekend at The DAE in Westchester, NY

Things to do for kids in Westchester: Minecraft Tournament this weekend at The DAE

 

This weekend on Saturday, January 14th at The Digital Arts Experience we are hosting our first Minecraft tournament of 2017. This time around we are doing things a bit different. Now you’ll have 1 of 3 time slots slots to choose from:

10:00AM – http://tinyurl.com/DAE10AM
12:30PM – http://tinyurl.com/DAE1230PM
3:00PM – http://tinyurl.com/DAE300PM

Just like our previous tournaments, we’ll give you categories to choose from and you’ll get 1 hour in creative mode to build as best as possible! Prizes will include awesome 3D printed objects, gift certificates and more!

Got any questions about our Minecraft Tournament? Here’s a time lapse from one of our bigger tournaments a couple of years ago:

 

Feel free to give us a call at (914) 644-8100 or e-mail us questions at info@TheDAE.com. And as always you can visit our website at TheDAE.com.

 

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Winter Break Programs for Kids & Teens at The DAE in Westchester County

 

Winter Break Programs for Kids & Teens at The DAE in Westchester County – The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) is pleased to offer programs for kids and teens during the holiday season. With many choices on programs to choose from, we want kids to have fun while learning something new and staying engaged during their break.

For the week of 12/26 to 12/30, we will be running morning & afternoon programs running from 9:30AM to 3:30PM. The morning session runs from 9:30AM to 12:00PM while the afternoon session runs from 1:00PM to 3:30PM. Students can come for either session, or for the full day! Early drop off & late pickup options also available.

Programs range from 3D Printing, Animation, Computer Programming, Digital Drawing Game Design, LEGO Moviemaking & Minecraft themed classes as well. Click here to view the complete schedule of classes.


 

Won’t be around during holiday break? That’s okay! We will also be running 2 Holiday-themed 3D Printing workshops so that you’ll have a chance to design and print your own original decorations or trinkets! On Friday, 12/16 or Monday 12/19 – drop in anytime between 3 & 6:30PM! Click here to view the 3D Printing workshop schedule.


 

ON THE HORIZON:

Open House – January 12th 5-7PM

Minecraft Tournament – January 14th 10AM, 12:30PM or 3PM

January Classes begin – Week of January 16th


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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E-Mail: info@TheDAE.com

 

The DAE Hosts Minecraft Tournament at George Washington Elementary School

On Saturday, November 22nd, Rob Kissner and Cristina Calabrese of The Digital Arts Experience drove their Mobile STEM Classroom, The DAExpress, to George Washington Elementary school in White Plains, Westchester NY for a mobile Minecraft tournament!

The students at George Washington Elementary in White Plains, NY get ready to build a replica of their own school in Minecraft!

The students at George Washington Elementary in White Plains, NY get ready to build a replica of their own school in Minecraft!

Whether or not you like Minecraft, kids are simply obsessed with it. Often described as an open ended “sandbox” or virtual LEGO world, it allows the user to essentially create anything they can imagine. Some kids create elaborate homes, others medieval castles. Some opt to recreate famous architectural structures. Whether it’s a small wooden hut or The Great Wall of China, it encourages kids to explore, use their imagination and it certainly promotes creative thinking and teamwork. 

According to an article written by Margaret Rock in Modern Parent entitled Hey, Parents. What Minecraft Is Doing to Your Kids Is Kind of Surprising:

The mystery of Minecraft’s near-hypnotic effect boils down its flexibility, engagement and community. Like most things, it can be taken to extremes. But overall, kids strategize, plan and connect with one another, learning how to set goals and work together to complete a task.

In accordance with PTA President Laura Reidy, Rob and Cristina hosted students 10 at a time who had signed up for different time slotted rounds and were given the challenge to build their own school using Minecraft’s creative mode. Rob and Cristina chose a winner and 2 runner ups from each round who were then entered in to compete in a final round to battle against all of the other winners!

The final round challenged the students to build the Eiffel Tower in France. Students took their creative energy and resources to not only construct their own twist on the Eiffel Tower, but to also create stunning scenery around the tower. 

The winner of the tournament was given a free Minecraft party in The DAExpress at a time of her choosing. All participants left with 3D Printed creepers as well as gift certificates to The DAE!

Rob Kissner and Cristina Calabrese pose with the winners of the George Washington Elementary Minecraft tournament.

Rob Kissner and Cristina Calabrese of The Digital Arts Experience pose with the winners of the George Washington Elementary Minecraft tournament.

All in all, the tournament was a huge success. Students were extremely focused, well behaved and driven to do their best. The DAE never hesitates to say yes to a Minecraft tournament because even though Minecraft is a video game, it has strong educational value as well.

Accoding to Minecraft in Education as featured on Minecraftwiki: 

Minecraft can have huge educational benefits for children; it can help teach numerous subjects both with and without adult involvement. Learning in Minecraft can be faster than traditional methods of education, as children are often far more motivated, get more practice, and feel that what they are learning is useful.

The DAE believes that because kids can be so focused and engaged in Minecraft, it is the perfect educational tool to supplement learning. For example, The DAE runs a 3D Minecraft Animation class, where students use an advanced 3D Animation software called Blender to model their own original characters. By the final class, students create their own animated shorts with unique storylines that can even be used for a portfolio. View the video below to see an example of student work in our 3D Minecraft Animation class: 

The class in itself is a 3D Animation & Modeling class, but we use Minecraft characters for several reasons. For one, Minecraft characters and objects are all block and cube shaped so they are non complex and easy to model in a 3D space. Also, Minecraft is a huge attractor to kids, so learning a complicated 3D Animation software is masked by the fact that they are driven to create something they are interested in.

The DAE also runs a Minecraft Modding & Java class that serves as a Part II class to their Java Coding 101. In the Modding class, kids use their skill in Java, a high-end, industry standard coding language used to create various programs such as Android apps, to create their own modifications to Minecraft. Minecraft in itself is programmed using Java code, so the class allows students to open it up, explore, change things around, experiment and create their own customizations to the game!

Another class The DAE runs that can be related to Minecraft is 3D Printing. While in most 3D Printing classes, kids are encouraged to engineer and model their own original objects, many kids choose to create Minecraft themed models. What’s great about 3D Printing is that the final result is kids get to actually print their models to take home! It starts off with an idea, then transforms into a model, and finishes with physically printing a 3D object. Talk about full circle! 

Interested in learning more? View our upcoming January 2015 class schedule here: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/TheDigitalArtsExperience#/selectSessions/630701.

The DAE’s 4th Minecraft Tournament a Smash Hit!

White Plains, Westchester, NY The Digital Arts Experience hosted it’s 4th ever Minecraft Tournament on Saturday, June 21st. Sponsored by the Microsoft Store in the Westchester Mall, they provided The DAE with 3 Surface Tablets and an XBox360 to raffle off to 1 lucky winner.

4th Minecraft Tournament at The Digital Arts Experience in Westchester

Let the games begin!

The tournament was the biggest one to date with over 65 kids in attendance. At around 1PM, The DAE opened its doors to start the registration process. Once all checked in, kids were escorted to their places by a DAE Staff member. When everyone was just about all settled, DAE founder Rob Kissner and Co-Founder Cristina Calabrese announced the tournament rules. Animation Instructor Nicholas Sceusa gave out the categories for the kids to choose from: housing structures.

Participants had 1 hour to build a house of their choosing. The DAE Staff continued to walk around and moderate the event, and movie-themed music played in the background to set the gaming atmosphere!

After the hour was up, judges went around and chose winners for each category. Winners received a DAE gift certificate, as well as  3D Printed Minecraft Pickaxe that was printed on their Makerbot Replicator 2 3D Printer. Once the winners were announced, Rob Kissner randomly chose a winner for the big grand prize – an XBox 360!

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Cristina & Rob pose with David John, winner of the Xbox 360!

By 3:30PM, the tournament was over. Win or lose, all participants left with a 3D printed Minecraft pig! You can check out the army of pigs below:

4th Minecraft Tournament at The Digital Arts Experience in Westchester

The pig army!

 

Co-Founder Cristina Calabrese went on to follow up:

Thanks for attending our 4th Minecraft tournament on Saturday!

We had an absolute BLAST and the attendance was our biggest turnout yet. We’re so happy to have had you a part of the event. Big congratualtions to all of our winners – including David John – the winner of the XBox 360! And Ryan P., whose building got burned to ashes by the pesky Ender Dragon.

Our next tournament date is set to go! If you’d like to register, follow the linked date below:

Saturday, August 23rd @ 1:00PM

Additionally, The DAE is proud to announce that we will have an Exhibitor’s Booth at this year’s “Mine O Rama” event in NYC on July 12th & 13th. We will be located in the The GSFE STEM Pavilion for the event, where we’ll have the opportunity to discuss the importance of STEM education and how our programs tie into it. If you will be attending Mine O Rama, please come find us and say hi! We’ll have a really fun and exciting booth set up.