The Digital Arts Experience https://www.thedae.com After School and Summer Camps in Coding, 3D Printing, Animation and More Wed, 25 Nov 2020 21:45:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://www.thedae.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/cropped-daelogo-1-32x32.png The Digital Arts Experience https://www.thedae.com 32 32 Black Friday Deals are now LIVE! https://www.thedae.com/blackfriday2020/ https://www.thedae.com/blackfriday2020/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 21:45:20 +0000 https://www.thedae.com/?p=94366 The Digital Arts Experience's Black Friday deals are live now! Save on your kid's favorite clubs, classes and quests, just in time for the holidays.

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What is a Club?

Watch, play, and discuss, explore game design and animation concepts and even create projects of your own. Meet other gaming, YouTube, and animation enthusiasts as you explore, experiment, and have a blast! Mix and match your clubs when you sign up!


Tuesdays at 4pm!
Join the Electronics Club and learn how to design and fabricate your own interactive circuits, build computers and more! This club will focus on Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and other physical computing platforms. You’ll explore the circuitry & coding that goes into creating your own integrative projects.


Wednesdays at 4pm!
Join the Minecraft Builders Club and become a Minecraft Architect! This club is for people who love building in Minecraft’s Creative Mode and want to work together with other Minecrafters to create cities, moon bases, amusement parks, and more!


Thursdays at 4pm!
Join the YouTuber’s Club and become a pro!

What is a Quest?

Questers are given a crash course and some basic assets, then use the remaining time to put a game together and test it. This is about learning, having fun, and creating awesome projects together. Mix and match the Quests when you sign up! Each day presents a different prompt so you will always be testing your skills.


Tuesdays at 4pm!
Become a digital comic artist! Students will start by working with their instructor and their peers to create their own original characters and stories. They will then create basic storyboards of their comics. Once their storyboards are complete, they will create their comics digitally using digital drawing software


Wednesdays at 4pm!
Go on a quest to invent your own products using 3D printers! Each session, you will be provided with a design challenge, and you’ll have to use your creativity & 3D modeling skills to create a product that solves the challenge! As you build your skills, you will have opportunity to identify your own problems to solve with original inventions!


Thursdays at 4pm!
Learn to make 2D platformers in Scratch! In this class, you’ll bring your skills to the next level as you learn to create awesome games complete with gravity, multiple levels, or even side-scrolling! Recreate your own Super Mario or Flappy Bird-style games while you explore what makes video games fun and challenging!


Fridays at 4pm!
Learn to create logos, web graphics, movie posters, and much more! Students will explore the essential tools in Gravit, a free, web-based graphic design program, and create a variety of original projects ranging from graphics to custom fonts and more. No prior experience with Graphic Design is necessary.

What is Dungeons and Dragons Club?

Dungeons and Dragons, or D&D for short, is a tabletop roleplaying adventure game where players take on the role of a character. You can create swashbuckling rogue, a hearty barbarian, or a scholarly wizard. There are many types of characters and variations. You will go on a set of quests that are interlinked by a story. This is also know as a campaign. Things will change depending on how you decide to tackle a quest. You may drastically shift the course of events for good…or otherwise!

Dnd and other tabletop games also provide additional benefits such as improving critical thinking, providing a creative outlet, and a place to destress from the everyday hustle and bustle.

Packages? Tell me more!

When purchasing a Club, Quest or DnD Package you will:

  • Receive a custom certificate code unique to YOU
  • Your custom code will expire in 60 days, so definitely sign up in advance!
  • Acuity (our registration system) will show you any remaining balance that you may have. Remember, any unused balance after 60 days of purchasing expires and cannot be refunded.

Nick shows you how it works in the video below! If you have any questions, please email us at info@thedae.com

Saturdays at 9:30AM, 11:30AM, or 1:30PM!

What is a Virtual Experience?

Virtual Experiences (classes) are something you already know and love. From programming, to game design, digital illustration, 3D modeling, and animation and so much more. Classes at The DAE are always project-focused, hands-on, collaborative, and fun!

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2020 DAE Holiday Gift Guide https://www.thedae.com/2020-dae-holiday-gift-guide/ https://www.thedae.com/2020-dae-holiday-gift-guide/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 18:15:15 +0000 https://www.thedae.com/?p=94324 The post 2020 DAE Holiday Gift Guide appeared first on The Digital Arts Experience.

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For Visual Creators

YouTuber Kit

Get your child set up to be the next YouTube star with this YouTuber kit! Complete with a phone tripod, microphone, and LED light, this kit will allow your aspiring YouTuber to create super high-quality productions wherever they are filming! Bundle this kit with our Become a YouTuber class and your child will have the skills and equipment to create professional YouTube videos!

Price: ~$52

Huion Digital Drawing tablet

For aspiring digital artists & animators, there is no better tool than a drawing tablet! Drawing tablets act like digital pen and paper, allowing artists to use the natural feeling of drawing to create art on their computer. This Huion tablet is a great, low-cost way to get your child started with creating incredible works of digital art. Coupled with a great free program like Gravit, Open Toonz, or GIMP, plus an animation or digital illustration class with The DAE, and your child will on their way to becoming a pro!

Price: ~$34

Procreate & Apple Pencil

The iPad is an outstanding tool for creating digital art and animations. Procreate is the go-to drawing program for the iPad, and coupled with the Apple Pencil, it allows aspiring artists to express themselves in amazing ways. It’s incredible how much detail users can get into utilizing these simple tools. At only $9.99 on the Apple App store, Procreate is a steal!

Price for Procreate: ~$9.99

Price for Apple Pencil: $99 – $129

For Gamers

Gaming Keyboard and Mouse

There is no better gift for a gamer than an awesome gaming mouse and keyboard set! This set has an awesome LED-backlit keyboard that can be customized with different lighting modes and effects and the mouse is super accurate and even weights so your gamer can tune the mouse to the perfect feel! Bundle this set with our gaming club and your child can hang with other passionate gamers, talk & explore all things gaming, and even learn about how games are designed!

Price: ~$37

For Dungeons & Dragons Enthusiasts

Dungeons and Dragons Starter Kit

If your child is totally new to D&D or just played a few games, this starter kit includes everything they need to explore a fantastic world of adventure, battle monsters, find treasures, and overcome quests! And if your aspiring adventurer needs to find people to play D&D, bundle this kit with our D&D Club, and they’ll meet fellow enthusiasts, share ideas, and quest together!

Price: ~$15

Dungeon Master Kit

For D&D players looking to take on their next adventure, becoming a Dungeon Master is a formidable challenge! This Dungeon Master kit is a great tool to have in their inventory to become the ultimate DM! The kit has everything your child will need to lead a campaign, including the player’s handbook, Dungeon Master Guide, Monster Manual, and DM screen! Bundle this with our Dungeon Master workshop and soon your child will be leading games in our D&D Club!

Price: ~$92

For Techies

Raspberry Pi Model 400

Raspberry Pi has been making pocket-sized, customizable computers for years and their new Raspberry Pi Model 400 is a fully functioning computer built into a keyboard! With this computer, you can install a variety of different operating systems, connect 2 monitors, and work on nearly any techy project! Book a coding class or private lesson series with The DAE, and your child can explore all of the Raspberry Pie’s capabilities!

Price: ~$100

Pair with a DAE Coding class:

Arduino Kit

An Arduino kit is the ultimate gift for a techie! Arduinos are small computers that allow you to design, build interactive projects ranging from motion sensor alarms to robotic arms! The coolest part is that Arduinos combine electronics with programming so your child can explore the world of physical computing by wiring and coding their own inventions! Bundle this kit with a coding class at The DAE and your child will be on their way to becoming a true inventor!

Price: ~$73

For Gadget-Lovers

Prusa Mini 3D Printer

There are few things cooler than a 3D printer and with Prusa Mini, your child can start fabricating and printing their own models, products, and inventions! We are HUGE fans of Prusa 3D printers at The DAE and this Prusa Mini is an outstanding printer at an absolutely incredible price! Combine this printer with a 3D modeling class at The DAE and your child will be printing incredible designs in no time!

Price: ~$349

Tello Drone

The Tello Drone is made by DJI, the leading company in drones, but unlike most, this is a great affordable way to get your child into drone flying! The Tello is small, safe to fly indoors, and is operated from your smartphone or tablet with a free app. The best part, your child can use Scratch to learn how to program the drone to perform amazing aerial maneuvers. Bundle the Tello with a Scratch class at The DAE and you’ll have the perfect holiday gift for your aspiring drone pilot!

Price: ~$155

Learn more about virtual and in-person Quests, Clubs, & Classes at The DAE!

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What is Python?

Python is an object-oriented programming language that is used in the real world. Python is easy to learn, easy to read and has nearly limitless applications. 

what is python

Where is Python used in the real world?

Python is used for web applications, databasing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and much, much more. Components of YouTube and Instagram are programmed in Python. 

YouTube – is a big user of Python, the entire site uses Python for different purposes: view video, control templates for website, administer video, access to canonical data, and many more. Python is everywhere at YouTube.

what is python

Who can learn Python?

Python is an ideal starter language for beginners entering the world of computer programming because it is easy to read and understand. All you need to learn Python are basic typing skills and a little patience for problem-solving. We offer beginner and advanced Python classes for students ages 9-12. 

What do students learn in a Python class?

Python students learn basic functions: 

  • print, which allows the computer to print information on-screen,
  • Input, which allows the computer to take in information. 

They use these skills to build simple games made of yes or no questions. Later, they tackle:

  • Lists
  • Loops
  • and creating their own functions 

Then use those skills to create a text-based adventure game. They even explore drawing with code using the Turtle library in Python and Processing with Python.

what is python

How is Python relevant?

Developing an understanding of one programming language makes it extremely easy to understand others. We believe all kids should have access to a basic knowledge of computer programming. Python is a great tool to introduce programming to students without the overwhelming syntax and rules of other programming languages.

what is python

What other benefits are there to learning Python?

Python is an effective tool to teach soft skills such as logic, problem-solving, attention to detail, patience, iteration, and collaboration. The logical and computational thinking skills developed from learning computer programming can be applied to many other fields.

There’s STEAM Camp. Then there’s The Digital Arts Experience.

The Digital Arts Experience is Westchester’s original, homegrown tech learning center for STEM/STEAM education. Pushing far beyond the acronyms and buzz words, our talented and unique instructors, coupled with a hands-on, project-based learning approach is what sets The DAE apart and gives our students the experience parents have come to expect.
Our STEM class catalog includes coding with Scratch, Python programming, Java programming, arcade game design with Java, 3D game design with Unity, 3D modeling and 3D printing, graphic design, YouTube video production, 2D animation with Adobe Animate, 3D animation with Blender, virtual reality development with Unity, Robotics with Edison, and more.

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Not Every Kid is Wired to Code https://www.thedae.com/not-every-kid-is-wired-to-code/ https://www.thedae.com/not-every-kid-is-wired-to-code/#respond Tue, 24 Sep 2019 19:25:27 +0000 https://www.thedae.com/?p=85270 It’s not necessary to subscribe to the idea that every kid needs to become a coding expert. Some are better suited pursuing more creative fields.

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by Rob Kissner, Founder & President of The DAE

Originally published in Westchester Family Magazine

There are countless books, articles, and blogs perpetuating the idea that every child needs to learn to code. We’ve all heard “coding is the new literacy,” and “learning to code is essential to prepare kids for the future.” While programming skills will absolutely be in high demand as we move toward a future filled with automation, robots, and artificial intelligence, it’s not necessary to subscribe to the idea that every kid needs to become a coding expert. From seven plus years of experience teaching thousands of children and teens in all aspects of creative technology, I’ve made a simple observation: some kids are wired to be coders and others are better suited pursuing more creative aspects of technology.

not every kid is wired to code

Observations on programming languages

In my approach, coding classes for kids start with an MIT-designed programming environment called Scratch. Scratch allows young students to explore code by building games and creating animations. Its drag and drop environment requires minimal typing and is extremely visual, cartoony, and fun. In Scratch classes all students have a great time creating games and learning the logic behind real-world programming languages. It is very rare that a student does not enjoy Scratch.

Once a student is ready to move on and has a proficiency with typing, the next step is Python, which is a programming language used in the real world. For instance, YouTube, Instagram, Reddit, and Spotify all rely on Python in various ways. Working with Python involves typing code into a text editor, so there is nothing visual or cartoony about it as it is literally text on a page. Once a student moves from Scratch to Python, I see one of two things, either the student is very interested and engaged, or the student is bored, overwhelmed, or not engaged.

not ever kids is wired to code

What it means for your kids

The latter (bored, overwhelmed, not engaged) is an indication that this student is not really interested in learning computer science. The idea of making games may be exciting, but when it comes down to executing the concentration-heavy, complex task of writing and debugging code, students can struggle with the contrast of working with Python versus working with Scratch. By default, Scratch involves graphics, animations, and design, so most students enjoy creating projects. However, when it comes to typing out lines of code in a mathematical, logical way many kids lose interest or don’t understand it easily. Furthermore, some people are simply not “wired” for more advanced computer science. It’s similar to school: some students excel with ELA (English Language Arts) and Social Studies but struggle with math.

To put this in simple terms, some students naturally understand and excel at code, and others struggle. Conversely, some students excel with more creative or visual topics, while others have no interest. For students that struggle with code or are simply not interested, I always recommend trying out a class with a more visual or creative focus. I typically recommend 2D or 3D animation, CAD design, and some game design classes (those that are focused more on level design and game theory and less on code). In most cases, students who are visually and creatively focused really take to these classes.

The takeaway

Your kid may not be on track to become a coding expert, and that is totally OK. It is not necessary to force a child to learn to code just because as a parent you’ve been told, “Every kid needs to learn to code.” While it’s important to expose kids to all aspects of technology, and basic literacy with code is important, it’s equally as important to recognize a child’s strengths and develop and expand on them. The world is facing a future of robotics, artificial intelligence, and other code-driven industries, but there will always be a need for designers, animators, filmmakers, CAD designers, and a mass array of other creators. For example, Tesla may need a huge team of programmers to work on their vehicles, but another team is needed to design the vehicles, another to create 3D renderings of the cars, and another to design advertisements to sell the cars. The same could be said of any other tech-focused company.

Ultimately, it will prove helpful for every child to have a structural understanding of code because creative teams need to work with programming teams, and it is important to be able to communicate effectively. But I feel strongly that kids who are not “wired” to code or are just uninterested should not be forced to take coding classes. Rather, their strengths should be recognized and nurtured.

Interested in learning more? Check out 7 Computer Classes Every Parent Should Know Exist

Rob Kissner is founder and president of The Digital Arts Experience, whose mission is to provide kids and teens in the community with access and exposure to the world of creative technology in a fun and safe environment. The DAE works with thousands of students a year from all over Westchester and Southern Connecticut and provides tech programs to the majority of school districts in Westchester. The DAE focus is on collaborative, hands-on, and project-based learning so that students learn through doing, side by side with their peers and a team of talented and unique instructors.
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AT&T teams up with The DAE to create Code Heroes https://www.thedae.com/att-teams-up-with-the-dae-to-create-code-heroes/ https://www.thedae.com/att-teams-up-with-the-dae-to-create-code-heroes/#respond Tue, 30 Jul 2019 20:38:35 +0000 https://www.thedae.com/?p=75411 Earlier this year, we received a call from an AT&T regional representative to partner with them to create the region’s first coding summer program exclusively for local underserved middle school students. When our team first heard about the news, we were so excited that we can help encourage more students to enter the field of […]

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Earlier this year, we received a call from an AT&T regional representative to partner with them to create the region’s first coding summer program exclusively for local underserved middle school students.

When our team first heard about the news, we were so excited that we can help encourage more students to enter the field of technology. The main idea was to give kids who didn’t have an opportunity to enroll in a computer camp, a chance to gain coding skills while learning how technology can be used for social good to curb cyberbullying and promote online safety.

We were given creative license to come up with the actual project, as well as the name for the program and all creative representing it. After a long Google document with many suggestions from our team, we finalized: Code Heroes – Learn to Code, Change the World with The Digital Arts Experience and AT&T.

Code Heroes aims to provide the following:

    • Basic computer skills
    • Knowledge from DAE instructors and mentors
    • Insight on how technology can be helpful in creating solutions to address many issues
    • Tips on how to be a good digital citizen
    • Team building skills and collaboration with peers
    • Experience with professional software and equipment

The Project: Students will address the impacts of cyberbullying and design a choose your own adventure game that presents a variety of different cyberbullying scenarios. Each group of students will be tasked to brainstorm and storyboard their scenarios, create custom graphics using Photoshop, and code their games using Scratch.

The program ends this Friday, on August 2nd. All the work that the students have created will be posted once the program has finished. We couldn’t be more thankful to AT&T for their generosity and support!

More information:  AT&T teams up with The Digital Arts Experience – The Patch

 


The Digital Arts Experience
303 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, NY 10583
(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, STEAM-related fields and more! Their 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. The DAE strives to expose its’ 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://twitter.com/TheDAExperience
Facebook: http://facebook.com/TheDAExperience
E-mail: info@TheDAE.com

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STEAM Camp Recap 2019 | Student Work https://www.thedae.com/steam-camp-recap-2019-student-work/ https://www.thedae.com/steam-camp-recap-2019-student-work/#respond Wed, 24 Jul 2019 14:41:17 +0000 https://www.thedae.com/?p=75331 #CreateSomethingAmazing The month of July brings hot weather, pool parties, and of course STEAM classes at The DAE. If you’re trying to beat the heat that mid-July and August brings, an indoor class is the way to go. You have fun all while learning something new. We always get returning students running to our summer […]

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#CreateSomethingAmazing

The month of July brings hot weather, pool parties, and of course STEAM classes at The DAE. If you’re trying to beat the heat that mid-July and August brings, an indoor class is the way to go. You have fun all while learning something new. We always get returning students running to our summer camp, however, it always brings a smile to our faces when we get new students walking through our front door.

July 8th was the first day of Session 1, and before you know it, two weeks has gone by. We’ve gathered some projects to feature – let us know what your favorite is!

Class: Intro to Digital Photography
Instructor: Thalia

“As a class we went out and explored the world just outside of The DAE. We found so many unique things to take photos of. Then we went back into Photoshop and edited the photos to give them more feeling.”

Student work for Digital Photography class in our Summer 2019 camp

Digital Photography at The Digital Arts Experience

 


Class: 3D Animation
Instructor: Evan

” To make these animations, our class had to learn how to model objects such as the ship or the elevator, most of them starting as a couple cubes and cones. After that we had to wrap textures on everything, background objects as well. We animated these using keyframes. Anything seen moving required keyframing each movement seen, including the camera!”

 


Class: Digital Drawing
Instructor: Mats

“Our young artists are using a Photoshop, used by professionals, to manipulate images and create their own works of art!”

Digital Drawing

Digital Drawing at The Digital Arts Experience

 


The Digital Arts Experience
303 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, NY 10583
(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, STEAM-related fields and more! Their 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. The DAE strives to expose its’ 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://twitter.com/TheDAExperience
Facebook: http://facebook.com/TheDAExperience
E-mail: info@TheDAE.com

 

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4 Takeaways from Susan Cain’s TED Talk: The Power of Introverts https://www.thedae.com/4-takeaways-from-susan-cains-ted-talk-the-power-of-introverts/ https://www.thedae.com/4-takeaways-from-susan-cains-ted-talk-the-power-of-introverts/#respond Fri, 12 Jul 2019 14:31:52 +0000 https://www.thedae.com/?p=75249 The post 4 Takeaways from Susan Cain’s TED Talk: The Power of Introverts appeared first on The Digital Arts Experience.

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Carl Jung defined introversion as a focus on one’s inner psychic activity and extraversion as a personal focus on the outside world, emphasizing that humans respond differently to certain types of group or social stimulation.[2] In her 2012 TED Talk, Lawyer Susan Cain claims that in modern American culture, extroverted behavior is often rewarded in work and school, and introverted people can often be passed over. She highlights the abilities that introverts brings to the world and argues they should be encouraged and celebrated.[1] Her presentation is still one of the most viewed TED Talks of all time.

Here are 4 takeaways from Susan Cain’s TED Talk: The Power of Introverts

the power of introverts

1) There is a difference between shyness and introversion

According to Cain, “Introversion is… different from being shy. Shyness is about fear of social judgment.” She says introversion is more about how someone responds to all kinds of external stimulation, including social stimulation. “Extroverts really crave large amounts of stimulation, whereas introverts feel at their most capable when they’re in quieter, more low-key environments.” Cain goes on to mention that these things are not absolute, but it’s important to understand the key to maximizing talent is to “put ourselves in the zone of stimulation that is right for us.”

power of introverts

2) The best ideas don’t always come from a group

Cain says “We have this belief system right now that I call the new groupthink, which holds that all creativity and all productivity comes from a very oddly gregarious place.” She suggests that the group dynamic (and human biology) will result in introverts staying quiet in a group that includes extroverts because humans naturally gravitate toward whoever is the loudest or most charismatic. But Cain blatantly states “there’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.” introvert She acknowledges the importance of coming together in groups by telling the story of Steve Wozniak’s partnership with Steve Jobs in building the first Apple computer. But before she does, she points out “Steve Wozniak invented the first Apple computer sitting alone in his cubicle in Hewlett-Packard where he was working at the time. And he says that he never would have become such an expert in the first place had he not been too introverted to leave the house when he was growing up.”

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3)  Schools and workplaces are traditionally designed for extroverts

“Our most important institutions, our schools and our workplaces… are designed mostly for extroverts and for extroverts’ need for lots of stimulation,” says Cain. “Your typical classroom has pods of desks… kids are working in countless group assignments. Even in subjects like math and creative writing, which you think would depend on solo flights of thought, kids are now expected to act as committee members.” She laments the misconception that kids who prefer to go off by themselves or work alone are outliers or problem cases, and that many teachers believe the ideal student is an extrovert as opposed to an introvert. She goes on to say “introverts actually get better grades and are more knowledgeable, according to research.”

4) The bias is cultural

“Why are we making these introverts feel so guilty about wanting to just go off by themselves some of the time?” Cain poses that the answers lie in our cultural history: America’s early days were a culture of character where value was placed on people for their inner selves and moral rectitude. Self-help books from this era had titles like “Character, the Grandest Thing in the World,” and featured role models like Abraham Lincoln, who was praised for being modest and unassuming. In the 20th century, the US entered an era that historians call the culture of personality, which stemmed from our evolution from an agricultural economy through the Industrial Revolution to big business. People migrated from small towns to the cities. Cain says “instead of working alongside people they’ve known all their lives, now they are having to prove themselves in a crowd of strangers. So, quite understandably, qualities like magnetism and charisma suddenly come to seem really important.” The self-help books also changed to meet these new needs with names like “How to Win Friends and Influence People” that feature good salesmen as role models.

Moving forward

Cain concedes “None of this is to say that social skills are unimportant, and I’m also not calling for the abolishing of teamwork at all… the problems that we are facing today in fields like science and in economics are so vast and so complex that we are going to need armies of people coming together to solve them … But I am saying that the more freedom that we give introverts to be themselves, the more likely they are to come up with their own unique solutions to these problems.”[1]

The Digital Arts Experience is a STEAM Learning Center in Westchester, NY that specializes in digital arts and tech classes, camps and workshops for kids. We value creativity and individual problem solving through a project-based learning approach, and encourage our students to collaborate organically with their peers. Find out more.

Sources [1] Cain, Susan. “The Power of Introverts.” TED2012, February 2012, https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts/transcript?language=en

[2] Wikipedia contributors. (2019, June 13). Extraversion and introversion. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:05, June 14, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Extraversion_and_introversion&oldid=901670764

[3] Jung, Carl (1995). Memories, Dreams, Reflections. London: Fontana Press. pp. 414–5. ISBN 978-0-00-654027-4.

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Summer 2019 – First Day of STEM Camp https://www.thedae.com/summer-2019-first-day-of-stem-camp/ https://www.thedae.com/summer-2019-first-day-of-stem-camp/#respond Thu, 20 Jun 2019 16:50:57 +0000 https://www.thedae.com/?p=75262 The first day of your child’s best summer ever at The Digital Arts Experience is approaching quickly. Are you excited? Are your kids excited to make awesome things? We sure are! Session 1 starts July 8th, and we have three other sessions during the summer. Here’s what you need to know for the first day […]

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The first day of your child’s best summer ever at The Digital Arts Experience is approaching quickly. Are you excited? Are your kids excited to make awesome things? We sure are!

Session 1 starts July 8th, and we have three other sessions during the summer. Here’s what you need to know for the first day of class.

If you are a new family to The DAE, we welcome you! And if you are a returning family, we thank you for being part of the community we’ve built the last 7 years.

First Day of Camp:

    1. Feel free to arrive early – Normal drop-off is at 9am, and morning classes begin at 9:30am. We can predict that the first day of a session gets a bit busy, but the days after that, students know where their classes are.
    2. Check in at the front desk – We will verify your child’s registration via student name and make sure they are registered for the right class.
      – Every student will receive a personalized ID badge used for checking in and out at the front desk every day of class.
    3. DAE welcome shirt – Students will be given an exclusive Digital Arts Experience summer 2019 t-shirt! Only one shirt allowed per student. Sizes are first come first serve.
    4. Orientation & rules – A brief orientation will be held in the main room by our President & CEO, Rob Kissner. Parents are welcome!
    5. Classroom assignments – Rob will go through a list of class names one by one, and instructors will greet their students and then show them to their classroom or class area.

Daily schedule:

8am – 9am: Early drop-off (additional $50 per student)
9:00am – Drop-off begins
9:30am – Morning class starts

12pm – Lunch hour

1pm – Afternoon class starts
3:30pm – Pick-up begins
4pm – 5pm – Late pick-up (additional $50 per student)

Other Notes:

    • Student Safety – Our staff is First Aid and CPR certified. We do allow students to keep any medical bags with them inside the classrooms – please be sure to inform the DAE admin team of any allergies or special needs.
    • Class Dismissal – Any student under the age of 16 must remain in our facility until a parent or guardian comes in for pick up. We allow students 16 and older to leave our facility after class on their own (permission slip required).
    • Class Break Time – A 15 – 20 minute break is given in the middle of class. This is the only time during any class that Minecraft, phones, or the internet are allowed to be accessed. Snacks and drinks are allowed to be consumed, but only in the designated eating area away from the computers.
    • Lunch Hour – Full-day students can bring a packed lunch (nut-free please!) and store them in our cubbies until morning class ends at 12pm. If you prefer to have your teen walk themselves to get lunch at the market in the next plaza, they will need a note from a parent or legal guardian. The only time to eat lunch is from 12pm – 1pm. Computers will be off limits until 12:30pm to ensure everyone eats lunch.
    • Every Friday during the summer, parents are allowed to come in during the last 5 minutes to see everyones work! In past summers, we only scheduled this every 2 weeks – but this summer we are doing it every week!

Parking

We have a shared parking lot that has limited space. But luckily we do have more parking spots up the hill which is in front of our entrance from the street. At the very top of the hill by the Child Care Council of Westchester, there’s a huge parking lot where you can park your car. From there, we are only a short walk down the hill.

What Should I Bring?

    • A flashdrive to save your work on! Any USB flashdrive will do. We recommend 8GB of space. We also have some available for purchase.
    • Yourself and your creative mind!
    • No need to bring a laptop. We got all the equipment for students to use!

If you or your child have any general questions, don’t hesitate to ask any DAE admin member at the front desk. If your child has any class related questions, please ask your instructors during class time.

Summer Camp 2019

Session 1: 7/8 – 7/19
Session 2: 7/22 – 8/2
Session 3: 8/5 – 8/16
Session 4: 8/19 – 8/30


The Digital Arts Experience
303 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, NY 10583
(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, STEAM-related fields and more! Their 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. The DAE strives to expose its’ 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://twitter.com/TheDAExperience
Facebook: http://facebook.com/TheDAExperience
E-mail: info@TheDAE.com

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3 Benefits of Playing Video Games https://www.thedae.com/3-benefits-of-playing-video-games/ https://www.thedae.com/3-benefits-of-playing-video-games/#respond Tue, 04 Jun 2019 20:27:04 +0000 https://www.thedae.com/?p=75212 And why video games may not be the time-waster you think they are Quite often, we hear parents’ concerns that video games are antisocial, promote violence, or are a waste of time. And while we as an organization believe in limited, responsible (and age-appropriate) screen time, we also think there are plenty of misconceptions about […]

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And why video games may not be the time-waster you think they are

Quite often, we hear parents’ concerns that video games are antisocial, promote violence, or are a waste of time. And while we as an organization believe in limited, responsible (and age-appropriate) screen time, we also think there are plenty of misconceptions about video games that have been perpetuated over the years. Video games have evolved tremendously since their inception, but have remained a powerful entertainment option for many generations (not just the youngsters) as well a large chunk of global commerce. With an industry that has grown by the billions in the past year alone, it’s worth taking a look at the positives of video games, and understanding how they continue to be relevant.

Here are three benefits of playing video games: 

1) The Social Experience

The front page of the popular video game streaming platform Twitch reads:

We are a global community of millions who come together each day to create their own entertainment. Twitch

According to the medical journal American Psychologist, “More than 70 percent of gamers play with a friend, and millions of people worldwide participate in massive virtual worlds through video games such as Farmville and World of Warcraft (and Fortnite… and Minecraft…). Lessons in decision making, communication and trust are among the benefits not traditionally thought of in reference to videogames. The article goes on to note that “People who play video games… that encourage cooperation are more likely to be helpful to others.”

video games positive

According to other studies, the element of socialization in today’s gaming world has had a tremendous impact on those with difficulty spending time with others in-person, like autistic people and those with major depressive disorder and social anxiety disorder.

“This unconventional method of communication is helpful in fostering connections while building the skills and confidence necessary to interact face-to-face.  Although steps should be taken to ensure children’s safety online, online video games are a large part of the lives of young people and should be recognized as a source of social support.”

(apa.org)

2) The cognitive benefits

A 2017 study suggests “some studies found that gamers show improvements in several types of attention, such as sustained attention or selective attention.” And goes on to read “The brain regions involved in attention are also more efficient in gamers and require less activation to sustain attention on demanding tasks.” It further outlines a decrease in reaction time and increase in spacial-awareness, motor skills, and problem-solving.*

virtual reality development

(Frontiers of Human Neuroscience)

*We strongly encourage parents to have conversations with your children about appropriate amounts of game/screen time and living a balanced lifestyle.

3) The potential for career opportunities

Most kids who are into video games can rattle off the names of a few famous gamers (yes, people who stream video-games to hundreds of thousands of viewers for a living). In the last five years, video game live streaming platforms have grown exponentially and made it possible for the average tech-savvy person to make a side-income or even a full-time living streaming video games on the platform. (Yes, college kids are even helping to put themselves through school this way.)

videogame positives

(Twitch)

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The worldwide video game market is expected to be worth 90 billion dollars in 2020, with 80% of the revenue from software sales (WEPC). If we sit back and think for a moment about all the jobs in an industry of this magnitude (artists, designers, developers, sound engineers, producers, marketers, and the list goes on), we can begin to understand that perhaps there’s more to video games than we previously thought, and that maybe they’re not just the time waster we assumed they were.

Sign up your child for Game Night – JUNE 28th

Interested in learning more about a place where your child can learn to build video games?

If you’re curious about classes for kids in Westchester where kids learn to create and program their own video games, model 3D objects, create digital music, code robots, learn Java, Python, Java, and more, visit our website: TheDAE.com.

Learn more about classes, summer camps and workshops at The Digital Arts Experience. Visit us at 303 Central Park Ave. in Scarsdale or give us a call: 914-644-8100.

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4 Ways Parents Can Balance Back to School with Fortnite https://www.thedae.com/4-ways-parents-can-balance-back-to-school-with-fortnite/ https://www.thedae.com/4-ways-parents-can-balance-back-to-school-with-fortnite/#comments Fri, 31 Aug 2018 17:43:40 +0000 https://www.thedae.com/?p=74518 Here are 4 ways parents can balance back to school with Fortnite: Start with an open conversation, use Fortnite time as a reward, Try playing alongside your child or at least spectating, and find out what they like.

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One of the hottest topics of the summer has been the massively popular video game, Fortnite.

It’s popularity exploded earlier on in the year and it hasn’t seemed to die down. If you’re worried about how to balance your child’s Fortnite obsession with the incoming busy school calendar, here are a few tips we’ve gathered from talking with parents.

(But first, watch this hilarious video of Moms overdubbing their kids playing Fortnite…)

1. Start with an open conversation

Set the right expectations for your child. Sit them down, have a conversation that sets rules and boundaries. Be upfront about what your expectations and repercussions are. This way, right from the start of the school year, your child will have boundaries set including when they can play Fortnite, and for how long.

If you’re new to Fortnite, read this blog: Is Fortnite Safe for My Kids?

2. Use Fortnite time as a reward

Employ the game as a reward for good behavior, finishing homework and doing chores. Using it as a tool for positive reinforcement can help kids understand priorities.

It can, with caution, also be used as a punishment tactic. Kids not behaving? Threaten to cut off their Fortnite time. Be sure that they understand it’s a privilege to play the game and should be treated as a reward.

fortnite back to school

3. Try playing alongside your child or at least spectating

Spending precious time with your family is oh so important. Once the school year resumes, time is stretched thin and it can be hard to find time for leisure. Playing (or at least attempting to play!) alongside your child can be a great way to connect. Don’t think you have the skills to play? Be an active spectator (and cheerleader!). It’s not too different from attending your child’s soccer match. Your presence of being there and showing interest means more than you may think, even if your kids think they’re too cool for you.

If your child outwardly doesn’t want you to spectate or play with – don’t worry! They could be playing with friends and want to save face. Scope it out. Refer back to Step 1. Be open and communicative about things. Talk to your child about the possibility of you watching or playing, or try to schedule family-only Fortnite time.

Read how one mom used Fortnite to reconnect with her son in this article from Scary Mommy: I Played Fortnite With My Son, And This Is Why You Should Too

4. Find out what they like

When you can’t play the game with your child, watch it with them! With popular social media platforms such as Twitch and YouTube Gaming, viewers can tune in from anywhere in the world to watch others live stream video games. Find out if your kid watches Fortnite (and other games) live streams or video content. You’d be surprised at how wildly popular the game is, with thousands of people live streaming their gameplay at any given time of day. Personalities like Ninja, Myth, Nick Eh 30 and many more are titans of the Fortnite gaming world.

 


If you’re curious about classes for kids in Westchester where kids learn to create and program their own video games, model 3D objects, create digital music, code robots, learn Java, Python, Java, web development and more, visit our website: TheDAE.com.

 

Learn more about classes, summer camps and workshops at The Digital Arts Experience. Visit us at 303 Central Park Ave. in Scarsdale  or 151 Mamaroneck Ave. in Mamaroneck, NY or give us a call: 914-644-8100.

 

Parents: Is Fortnite safe for my kids?

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