Supporting Westchester Libraries

On Friday, April 7th, The Westchester Library System (WLS) hosted a breakfast at Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook as an event to celebrate libraries all around Westchester.

The event started off in a lovely, large event room where breakfast was served to the attendees. As mostly everyone had arrived, guests were greeted with an opening speech by WLS Executive Director Terry Kirchner. Terry shortly after focused his attention on the event’s Honoree.

The DAE’s President & CEO Rob Kissner was recognized by Westchester Library System and County Executive Rob Astorino for ongoing collaboration and support for libraries all over the county. Rob as well as other DAE Staff members were in attendance to see him accept his various awards including a Proclamation from the county of Westchester stating that April 7th shall henceforth be recognized as Rob Kissner day.

After Rob’s recognition, guest speaker and Etched in Sand author Regina Calcaterra gave an audience-attention-grabbing speech about her childhood and how integral of a role libraries and other public facilities played in her life.

All in all the event was a huge success largely in part by those who attended to support WLS. It is also important to recognize all of those who work for libraries in Westchester and beyond for their time and dedication to maintaining these sacred public properties.

Spring Break Programs for Kids in Westchester, NY

Spring Break STEAM Programs for Kids in Westchester, NY at The Digital Arts Experience

So you’re just getting back into the swing of things after February Break and just starting to get back to your routine and now you have to figure out what to do with your kids during Spring Break. If you’re not going away, you still have to work while your kids are out of school, so what can do you?

Well, your kids can stay home all day and play video games or they can come to a Spring Break Boot Camp at The Digital Arts Experience and create something amazing!

From LEGO animation and 3D printing, to video game programming with Scratch or Python, we’ve got programs for all ages and all skill levels. And with half and full day options, as well as our super flexible drop-in schedule, we make planning your week easy knowing that your kids are in a safe, fun and exciting learning environment.

Programs run from April 11-14th. To find out more visit the TheDAE.com or give us a call at (914) 644-8100.

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

 

February Break STEAM Workshops for Kids in Westchester

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Join us the week of Feb. 20th-24th for Drop In STEAM-focused Workshops in:

Come for just the morning (9:30AM-12:00PM), the afternoon (1:00PM-3:30PM) or stay for the full day!

VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

North Salem Students 3D Print Local Landmarks

North Salem Students 3D Print Local Landmarks


Over the past six weeks, The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) has been teaching 3D Printing to students ages 10-12 at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library in North Salem, NY. The class used their new knowledge of 3D printing to create miniature replications of local historical buildings.

“This class puts a unique spin on our normal 3D Printing with Minecraft class. Working with the town of North Salem, we secured blueprints and drawings of a number of historical buildings in town, and the students were challenged to use Minecraft to create 3D models based on the drawings,” says Rob Kissner, President of The DAE.

Buildings modeled thus far include Delancy Hall, Croton Fall School House and Briddleside in addition to others. After receiving the blueprints, students went to work in Minecraft’s Creative Mode to map and build out each structure. Minecraft makes for an excellent modeling tool because every block is the same size, making it simple to build to scale. It’s a natural fit with kids because they don’t need to learn an abstract CAD program, but rather can use a program they are comfortable and confident with. DAE instructors love using Minecraft in a class setting because it’s accessible; building in Creative Mode is all about exploring, planning, creating and collaborating.

“I was amazed at how intricate their projects were. They all took their time to pay attention to each detail to ensure their models were accurate,” said Lory Murariu, an instructor from The Digital Arts Experience. “This project really challenged the students to think critically about the blueprints they were given and how to convert them into 3D models for print.”

Last week, The DAE took models that the students designed in Minecraft and 3D Printed them at the Makerspace inside their White Plains facility. With five 3D Printers, The DAE has created thousands of hours of student work.

The DAE hosts after school, weekend and summer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) programs for kids and teens ages six and up. They hold classes at their White Plains location and also send instructors throughout Westchester to teach programs at various locations. To learn more about what The DAE can teach at your school or organization, visit: https://www.thedae.com/schools.

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Contact:

Cristina Calabrese

Cristina@TheDAE.com

The Digital Arts Experience

170 Hamilton Avenue Suite 100

White Plains, NY 10601

(914) 644-8100

Computer Programming, Coding, 3D Printing, Animation, Video Game Design, Building in Minecraft, Scratch, Python, Java and Graphic Design Classes Begin in Westchester County on January 21, 2017

Let’s face it — kids can take a Scratch Programming class in many different places throughout Westchester County, or do the Hour of Code from home. There are a million and one ways to learn about 3D printing, computer programming or animation. You get the picture… And so do we.

But there’s the thing: experience. Meaningful learning is all about the experience. Knowledge retention happens when a person can put emotion behind the skills they learn.

Think about driving. Someone can show you or tell you how to drive all day long while you’re in the passenger’s seat, but until you get in the driver’s seat, get your hands on the wheel, put on your blinker, run over a few curbs and get pulled over for speeding, you really don’t learn very much. (We don’t encourage speeding, by the way! It was a metaphor…)

At the DAE, students drive. They get their hands on the tech. They try to go too fast and run into problems. We teach our kids about failure and how not to panic when something goes wrong — about how glitches are good because they teach us what we need to fix. We encourage thoughtfulness and problem solving, discussion and thinking outside the box.

Our world is so fast. It’s easy to throw information at people (especially kids) and expect them to get it. (Those kids with their iPads just know how to do all the things!) Classes at the DAE are different. They’re inclusive. They’re project-based. And they’re fun! We invite you to visit us and find out why.

Winter classes begin this weekend! January 21, 2017.

Visit us: TheDAE.com

Email us: info@TheDAE.com

Call us: 914-644-8100

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.

 

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.

YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/digitalartexperience
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TheDAExperience
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheDAExperience
Website: http://www.TheDAE.com
E-Mail: info@TheDAE.com

 

High Schoolers Use Arduino Kits to Design Safer Railroad Crossing Systems in Westchester, NY

 

The Digital Arts Experience held its first ever Design Challenge on Saturday, December 3rd. The challenge focused on rail safety, more specifically, developing safer systems for rail crossings. Given the increasing number of train accidents and in the light of the recent bills signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to require the state to study rail crossings and assess their safety, we felt that High School students would be the ideal candidates to innovate and improve the dated and ineffective technology that is currently being utilized.

The teams were provided Arduino Uno boards, which are inexpensive microprocessors, and simple buttons, switches, LEDs, motors, and sensors to create their systems. Teams from Putnam Valley High School, Mamaroneck High School, and Mt. Vernon High School registered to face this challenge. The teams had approximately five hours to design, build, and test their systems, and everyone at The DAE as well as the judges were absolutely blown away by what the teams created.

_mg_3743The students from Putnam Valley High School created a self-aware system with sensors and volumetric cameras that could assess a car or any other object on a track (i.e. a fallen tree, power line, etc.) and notify the train operator and MTA control room. What’s more is their design had multiple levels of redundancy that took human error out of the equation. For example, if the system detected a car on the tracks, the train operator, and MTA control would be notified. If the train started to approach the zone in which it could safely stop before colliding with the obstruction and the train operator did not start to slow down, the system would slow down the train automatically. This system was thoughtfully designed and excellently executed. Using the simple technology provided, they demonstrated exactly how their system would detect, communicate, and intervene when needed. It had layers of systems that constantly checked on each other to ensure that no matter what, an impact will be avoided.

_mg_3690The team from Mamaroneck High School introduced several innovative ideas with their design. To start, their design employed a super bright LED strip right before the crossing that would change colors from green to yellow to red as a train approached the crossing. This is a simple yet effective system because it is a universal system for drivers, rather than abstract signs and lights that are currently used. Their system also had an array of video cameras viewing the track from all sides so the train operator can view the crossing well before the train arrives there. In addition, their design used a system of lasers to detect if an obstruction was on the tracks. The lasers would detect when a car enters and exits a crossing, and whether the car is stuck on the tracks. In the case that a car is stuck on the tracks, the system will alert the train operator and MTA control. If the train is approaching and the obstruction hasn’t moved, their design incorporated a conveyor system that would physically move the car off the tracks.

_mg_3755The Mount Vernon team was just a single High School student due to a few no-shows on his team. What’s more is that the student did not have any prior experience with Arduino or electronics, yet he took on the challenge head on. His design incorporated simple ideas with tremendous effect. Firstly, his design incorporated extremely bright LEDs to light and indicate a crossing. Currently, crossings are not lit with any special lighting, they simply have the crossbucks sign. He also included a counter that would count down the time until a train arrived at the crossing. Finally, he included a pressure sensor that would alert the driver if there is a car on the tracks.

The judges were struck by the richness of the ideas and the degree to which the teens could implement them with the limited technology that we provided. Considering that they completed these designs in approximately 5 hours is a staggering achievement. In the end, the team from Putnam Valley High School took home the $500 prize, but each team left with prizes and a sense of fulfillment for not only completing this challenge but for creating designs that could potentially save lives.

The beauty of having high school students design these systems is that they have no preconceived notions of business, money, or government. They simply want to solve the problem. Each team showed incredible intelligence, focus, determination, and innovation and all of us at The DAE know that they are going to go on to do incredible things.  

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Rob Kissner (The DAE’s President & CEO) & Alan Brody (Founder of StartupPalooza) with the winning team.

 

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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