What's Free or Cheap in NYC?
Technology (computers, etc.)
In today's world, a knowledge of computers and technology is as essential as the Three Rs.
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Explore art and digital technology at the Teen Project Studio at Bronx River Art Center, 2064 Boston Road, Bronx, NY 10460.
Free for teens 14 - 19, Tuesday and Thursday 4 - 6 pm, October - December and Jan - March. Instructor: Ryan Hale, artist and animator. Teen Project Studio is an intensive, interdisciplinary art and design program led by artist and designer Ryan Hale. Students will gain first-hand experience with sophisticated digital design processes while problem-solving challenging environmental and social issues. Working in teams, you will focus on your immediate surroundings to develop concrete solutions to everyday problems while developing an eco-friendly worldview. The semester focuses on a specific design problem and carries it through from conception to model, to finished prototype. The program includes workshops with artists, designers and professionals from associated fields as well as field trips to sites of interest.
For more information, or to register, please contact Rene Crespo, email@example.com /firstname.lastname@example.org or call (718) 589-5819.
Located in lower Manhattan at 47 Great Jones St, 3rd fl, CultureHub offers free summer programs to teens ages 15-20, in the arts and technology: music, performance art, game design, coding, and more. Application deadline in 2016 is May 4th. For more info contact: email@example.com / 917 463 391.
Eyebeam's After-School Digital Art Program offers free workshops every Thursday, 3-6 p.m. Workshops start at 4 p.m. Students can participate in a hands-on workshop, focusing on audio mixing and editing, video production, video game design, or other software based activities. Students who drop-in will then continue to work on skills learned, or other computer-based projects on following Thursdays.
Participating students will have full supervised use of Eyebeam’s Mac lab, which includes: Apple Intel G5 computers loaded with software including Adobe’s Creative Suite, Final-Cut Pro, and more.
Home schooled students are welcome to participate in the youth drop-in program as long as they are between the ages of 13–18. All students are strongly encouraged to RSVP via email or phone to: firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-937-6580 x247
Location: Eyebeam is located on 540 W 21st Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, New York, NY 10011. Subway directions:Take the local C or E trains to 23rd Street and 8th Avenue
One homeschooling parent's comment: "Eyebeam has a rolling and open admission. Each month they focus on a different thing, but will do whatever the kid wants. They also work on long term projects with the individual. This is a great program that my son highly recommends! He has learned so many different programs that we don't have in our home, including: how to make a website, a blog, beginning programming and developing games. It is totally free! You can drop in without reserving a spot each week, so it's very easy to attend. Meet up and hang out with other home schooled kids and learn some great new technology! "
The New York Public Library offers free computer classes.
Here's a list of Free online computer classes