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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!

Congratulations Planet Plan-it Winners!

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This month, we asked you to show us your plan for a project of your choice. We got a wide variety of plans related to MOUSE projects like The DIY Project, Garage Robotics, GreenTECH, Serious Games, and many other ideas! Thank you to everyone who submitted a blueprint, storyboard, slideshow or any other kind of plan!

Our Grand Prize

Earning the MicroProject Winner Badge and a $60 gift card to Best Buy for their squad is Winnie10 from Baruch Tech Team Innovators in New York City. They created a plan to for a project to encourage recycling and included presenting that project at the Emoti-Con Digital Media and Technology Festival, an annual design and technology fair where NYC students can show off their work. This project outlines the project concept, responsibilities, materials and a timeline. Incredible work! Congratulations to Winnie10 and Baruch Tech Team Innovators.

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Our First Runner Up

Our first runner up, receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module for their squad, is DHernandez. from ACMSQUAD 2014-2015 in California. They used Google Slides to create a step-by-step plan for making a game in Scratch and then created one! We love that the plan included the decision making process for the game idea and as well as some concept art for the game.

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Check out "Pacman Platform" here!


Our Second Runner Up

Our second Runner Up (also receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module) is hgrewal from Bulldogs MOUSE Squad in Michigan. They made an awesome plan for a project to increase public knowledge of air powered cars. Not only did they make an awesome storyboard but they also made a short video in Animoto, and a very detailed prezi as well. Thanks for all the hard work!

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Check out "What Are Air Powered Cars" here!


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:

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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 17GalitBolo for giving a great inspiration win. 17GalitBolo, we think you are Winner with a capital W!


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 bookmarklets! Next month is time to teach the MOUSE Squad network a skill you know in the annual DIY Project!.

PlayTech Saturday For the Win!

Thank you New York City for another fantastic PlayTech Saturday!

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On Saturday, April 11th, a group of eager MOUSE Squad members and coordinators gathered at Parsons The New School for Design to have fun at PlayTech Saturday!

PlayTech gives MOUSE Squad members the chance to test out the latest games and projects designed by graduate students at Parsons. Some games are almost finished and some are just the seeds of an idea. The feedback from MOUSE Squad members helps determine the shape of these games in the future. Oh yeah...there's free pizza too!

MOUSE Squads came from:

  • The Hudson High School for Learning Technologies
  • J.H.S. 157 Halsey
  • Baruch College Campus High School

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PlayTech attendees played computer games, board games, card games, console games, oculus rift games, and some games that don't fit into any category! We played a crazy mod of Battleship, tested our knowledge of geography, kept secrets from each other, tested our stress levels and moved around inside a virtual reality cube. We can't wait to see what the next version of these games will be like!

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Everyone at PlayTech Saturday also got a chance to play MOUSE's very own "PlayTech: The Game" in order to win a PlayTech Saturday wrist band that also doubled as a flash drive! How cool is that?!

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To win a prize players had to get to know the PlayTech presenters, review their projects, and come up with an idea for their own game! Some of our favorites were:

  • Strudel Dash- A game where you play as a beta fish solving logic puzzles, jumping from tank to tank trying to get to the ocean.
  • Five Nights at Dr. Who- a game like Five Nights at Freddy's but Dr. Who themed, and the doctors have a virus that makes them think you are a Dalek!
  • The Vs, Vs!- Historical events based on the book series I Survived. The game would put you in different historical situations where you have to save people!

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Thank you so much to everyone who presented and to everyone who attended! We had so much fun and can't wait to see you at PlayTech Saturday next fall!