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The 7th Annual Emoti-Con Challenge Is May 30!

Join youth from all over NYC for Emoti-Con on May 30!

logo w new colors_0.png On Saturday, May 30, 2015, over 150 New York City-area youth will gather at the Bartos Forum at the Fifth Avenue Library for the seventh annual Emoti-Con NYC Youth Digital Media and Technology Challenge! The day will include:

  • a science fair-style competition for technology & digital media projects created by by youth
  • awards across several categories for exceptional projects
  • great professional speakers
  • catered lunch and cool giveaways for all, and
  • a raffle at the end of the day!

This is your chance to show off awesome projects that you've worked on this year in MOUSE Squad! Projects that are a good fit for Emoti-Con! include digital media projects (like podcasts, videos, graphic design projects), web-based projects (like websites, video games, and apps), physical computing projects (things with moving parts or blinking lights), and remixes/hacks/mashups (projects that use content that already existed in a new & exciting way).

This event is open to youth from different programs all over NYC (and particularly from Hive NYC programs), so we need your Squad to represent MOUSE!

What You Need to Know:

  • WHEN: Saturday, May 30. Students presenting projects arrive at 10am to set up, and audience members arrive at 10:30am.
  • WHERE: The Bartos Forum at the 5th Avenue Library in Manhattan, entrance on W. 42nd Street between 5th & 6th Avenues - see a map.
  • WHO: Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to present projects at Emoti-Con! Each group of presenters may have an adult chaperone, and additional chaperones and youth who want to attend but don't have a project to present should register as "Audience Group." Please note that if you register as audience members your space is not guaranteed, as priority goes to presenters. More details available on the registration page.
  • SIGN UP: Register at emoticon2015.splashthat.com. Please register as a group--talk to your MOUSE Squad Coordinator about getting signed up, and be sure to answer the questions about your project together!
  • YOUR REGISTRATION FORM MATTERS: The registration form includes important questions about your project(s) that the panel of judges will review as a part of the judging process to gain a better understanding of your work, so you should plan to answer these questions as a team. (If you need to update your answers after you register, you can!)
  • WHAT ELSE: The day includes lunch for everyone, swag bags with fun giveaways, and roundtrip MetroCards for MOUSE Squad students!
  • COORDINATORS: Please make sure all youth AND adult chaperones fill out this media release/waiver and bring it with them to Emoti-Con.

Get Ready:

If you're planning to present a project at Emoti-Con, you'll need to bring your project, bring anything you need to display it, and be ready to talk about it! If you're entering your project in the competition, you should also prepare a short pitch--if you're selected as a finalist, you will be presenting your project to everyone at Emoti-Con! Either way, make sure you read the notes on the registration page.

If you want to learn more about Emoti-Con before signing up, check out this infosession we held recently:

Prizes & Glory!

Five finalists will be selected from the projects in the competition, and each finalist will be awarded one of these prizes: Most Potential for Social Impact, Most Entertaining, Best Pitch, Most Innovative, and the Point of View Award. One of the finalists will also walk away with the trophy for Crowd Favorite!

So register today--we hope to see you there!

Learn more and stay in touch with Emoti-Con:
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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!.