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Congratulations Code in the Blanks Winners!

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For February, we asked you to sharpen your coding skills by remixing a javascript excuse generator into your own unique creation. Your submissions were funny, crazy, inspiring and generally awesome. Thank you to everyone who submitted an original generator!

Our Grand Prize

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Earning the MicroProject Winner Badge and a $60 gift card to Best Buy for their squad is Drawing Idea Generator by SommerS from BSMS2 MouseSquad in Moreno Valley, California. "Drawing Idea Generator" does exactly what it says, it creates prompts for artists to create all kinds of different drawings. SommerS included an insightful explanation of how they came up with the idea for the generator and added details on the experience of remixing the code. The generator itself looks polished, works perfectly and is full of creative ideas. Congratulations to SommerS and BSMS2 MouseSquad!

Check out "Drawing Idea Generator" here.

Our First Runner Up

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Our first runner up, receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module for their squad is Story Plot Generator by daisy123 from SCS Mouse Squad in Canton, Michigan. Get rid of writer's block with this handy device to come up with all kinds of stories! daisy123 also wrote about how they came up with their idea for the generator and included an interesting pitch to get others to try it.The story ideas that are generated are funny and original so it'll be easy to pick up a pencil and give one a try. Awesome work daisy123 and SCS Mouse Squad!

Our Second Runner Up

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Our second Runner Up (also receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module) is Kind Words Generator! by 321david from 321 and 325 kids 139 in Rego Park, New York. We received a number of generators from this squad that each touched on kindness but this one was one of our favorites. The creators put great effort into changing every aspect of the code to match their theme and put a smile on the faces of people in their squad. Congratulations 321david and the entire squad!

Honorable Mentions

There were so many great projects this month we wish we had more prizes to give away! We would like to share these honorable mentions:

Shout out for Wins!

It's never too late to award Wins to your favorite MicroProject entries! Give wins for creativity, technical know-how or inspiration. This month we'd like to shout out EricChelette for giving a great creativity win. EricChelette we think you are a Winner with a capital W!

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When you see someone make a cool MicroProject submission, let them know that they did a great job by giving them a win! You can always go back and give wins to old projects.

Thank you to Coordinators and students who participated and submitted so many awesome avatars! Next month is time to design your own number font to celebrate Pi Day! New Serif In Town.

Come to Maker Night 3/30!

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Sign up now!

Did you miss Mouse's last Maker Night? Don't worry! Another one is happening on Wedneday, March 30th from 4-6 pm!

Mouse’s monthly Maker Night brings together high school aged and professional coders, crafters, 3D designers, whiteboard artists, gamers, and makers and more from all over NYC. Meet experts, learn new skills and take something home you made! This is the perfect place to try code, building circuits or 3D design for the first time!

Join us! All experience levels welcome.

See photos from previous Maker Nights to get inspired!
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This month's Maker Night is Wednesday, March. 30th.

Mouse Maker Nights are FREE for ALL NYC high school students, so bring your friends, brothers, sisters, cousins, frenemies, classmates, teammates, and more! Just make sure you RSVP.

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At a Mouse Maker Night you will:

  • Make something awesome!
  • Eat free pizza!
  • Meet cool people who also like to make things!

Maker Night Info:

WHEN: Wednesday March 30, from 4-6pm.
WHERE: Mouse Headquarters: 55 Broad Street, 16th floor, in Downtown 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!

No materials or experience necessary. FREE Pizza included!

Hey Middle School Teachers, do you want to bring students? Contact alex@mouse.org or maggie@mouse.org.

Join us for NYC Coordinator Maker Night on March 23!

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At the NYC Coordinator meet-up in January, we had the fantastic idea to host a Coordinator-only Maker Night. This will be another great opportunity to connect with Coordinators from throughout the five boroughs, and will also allow you to tinker with new technologies that you can bring back to your squad!

When? Wednesday, March 23rd, from 4-6pm

Where? At Mouse HQ! 55 Broad St., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10004. Easy access from the J/Z at Broad St., the 2/3/4/5 at Wall St., and the 1/R at South Ferry.

Who? Mouse Squad Coordinators! (Bring another teacher or admin from your school as a +1!)

What? An open maker space to tinker with code, electronics, 3D printing, gaming and more! Ask questions of other Coordinators and Mouse staff. Have fun and make stuff! If you have a fun project and want to present let us know!

RSVP: Fill out this form or email patrick@mouse.org if you will be joining us. Hope to see you here at Mouse HQ!

Can’t make it to Maker Night, but still want to connect with the Mouse Learning Design Team? Sign-up for a check-in call!

Speaking of making things, the next student Maker Nights are Feb 25th and March 30th.

Mouse Squad is a program of Mouse. 55 Broad Street, 16th Floor, NY, NY 10004 646-574-6446, help@mousesquad.org