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MOUSE Will Lead a Fun Workshop at Your Site! Schedule Now!

Our amazing MOUSE Squad Learning Network Coordinators, Patrick and Rachel, are now available to lead a workshop for YOUR MOUSE Squad! These workshops are fun, hands-on, and collaborative -- AND they're included in your MOUSE Squad membership, so they're free!

How Do I Get a Workshop for My Squad?

There are three simple steps to follow (you can find more detailed information for all of these steps here):

  1. Pick a topic--we offer workshops from the MOUSE Squad Certification, Serious Game Design, Garage Robotics, and GreenTECH. Your students don't have to have experience with the topic you choose: we have workshop options at both introductory and intermediate levels.
  2. Decide if you want to host an Open Tech Training. For an Open Tech Training, your Learning Network Coordinator will invite MOUSE Squads from neighboring schools to join your workshop! This is a great way to connect your Squad to their peers in the NYC MOUSE Squad Network and to recapture some of what makes Team Training so fun!
  3. Contact your school's Learning Network Coordinator (Patrick or Rachel) and give them the following information:
    • What topic do you want to focus on?
    • How many students will attend?
    • Do you want to make this an Open Tech Training?
    • What are at least two dates and times that would work for you and your Squad?

Why would I want Rachel or Patrick to lead a workshop for my MOUSE Squad?

  • They're fun! Every workshop includes a fun teambuilding challenge and a hands-on tech activity!
  • These workshops can be a great way to introduce a new topic for your Squad to work on, or a new skill to try!
  • If you're not sure how to get your Squad started with a new type of project, these workshops can get you off to a great start!
  • If you host an Open Tech Training, your Squad will have the chance to meet and work with other MOUSE Squad students in the area!

The March Game Jam was Amazing!

On Saturday, March 14th, 49 young people came to the March Hive Moveable Game Jam to play, hack and make games! The event was hosted at Iridescent Science Studios in the Bronx and featured activities from MOUSE and other Hive NYC organizations!

We started the day by splitting into groups and inventing a simple game on the spot! Then we got to choose two of four stations to try a game-making activity.

At MOUSE's station, attendees hacked a simple Scratch game called Ghost Blast! where you play as a friendly ghost who has to dodge evil spirits. You can try this activity yourself! Just go to Mission #7: It's the Remix in our Serious Games Badge.

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Attendees replaced the characters in the game with their own characters and even swapped the game background in some cases. Participants used images from Google image search to fully make their games over.

Everyone hacked Ghost Blast in different ways, creating incredible new mods of the game. The final games can be played right here, so check them out.

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We weren't the only table at this Game Jam running awesome activities. Attendees also got to:

Missed this Game Jam? Don't worry! The last Game Jam of this year is coming up in April! Stay tuned to The Wire for more information!

Calling All High School Makers: MOUSE Maker Night on March 26!

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Space is limited, Sign up today!

We are thrilled to introduce MOUSE Maker Nights, a periodic hands-on night of creativity, making, and building hosted here at MOUSE HQ! Find all the details and RSVP here today!

MOUSE Maker Nights are FREE for all NYC high school students, so bring your friends, brothers, sisters, cousins, frenemies who are maybe actually awesome deep down, classmates, teammates, and more!

At Maker Nights, you will...

  • Have the chance to tinker, make, and build with things like pipe cleaners, Arduinos, clay, breadboards, LEDs and sensors, MakerBot 3D printers, laptops, motors, hot glue guns, soldering equipment, craft supplies, and more!
  • Get to work on a school project you bring with you, plan and create something you've always wanted to make, come up with an idea so crazy it just might work, or just explore new tools and crafts!
  • Eat delicious snacks!
  • Meet awesome teens from across NYC who are part of the Maker movement! And maybe you'll even...
  • Start a project that you'll end up bringing to Emoti-Con!

What you need to know to attend:

WHEN: The first Maker Night is coming up on Thursday, March 26, from 4-6pm.
WHERE: MOUSE Headquarters: 55 Broad Street, 16th floor, in Manhattan.
WHO: MOUSE Maker Nights are open to all NYC high school students! However, space is limited, so you have to...
RSVP: Sign up today!
WHAT ELSE? MOUSE will provide all the materials...including snacks. :-)