Want to make games and learn how to help the planet? Well, you're in luck. On Friday, October 2nd, Mouse is partnering with The White House, The Museum of the Moving Image, and BrainPOP for a Climate Game Jam! The Climate Game Jam is a national initiative to use games as a way to teach people about climate science.
At the Climate Game Jam you'll make a working prototype of a game in no time. Record a short video pitch for it and you could win help from professional game developers and even have your game featured at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. More info coming soon!
WHEN: Friday, October 2nd
WHAT TIME: 4-7 PM
WHERE: The Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, New York, NY 11106)
WHAT: Make a working game prototype before the time, record a pitch, one lucky game may win a chance to get professional support to finish it.
Mouse Design League (formerly Mouse Corps) is a year-long after school design and technology program for high school students who are self-proclaimed geeks, techies, artists, activists, innovators and tinkerers who will achieve over 100 hours of applied design, technology, workplace and leadership experience.
Over the course of the program, students brainstorm, prototype, and present their Legacy Project, a new technology which addresses a social need, while building their skills and exploring career pathways with technology mentors across diverse professional settings. In the summer, Design League students are eligible to apply for paid apprenticeships at businesses, start ups, and organizations across the city.
How to Apply
You must be a high school Mouse Squad student to apply for Mouse Design League.
- RSVP to attend the Oct. 6th Mouse Design League Open House @ 4pm (more info below).
- Then, attend the Oct. 6th Open House!
- Fill out the official Design league application, which will be released at the Open House.
- If you are accepted, you and a parent/guardian will sign the Mouse Design League Pledge.
- You and your fellow Design League team members will attend weekly meetings Tuesdays after-school at 4pm.
Design League Open House
At the Open House, we will give an overview of the program and play some group games together. This meeting will help you decide if this program is right for you!
After the meeting, we will release the official Design League application, and let you know within 1 week if you'v been accepted into the Design League this year.
- WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 6th 4pm-5:30pm
- WHERE: Mouse HQ! 55 Broad Street, 16th Floor New York, New York 10004 (click here for map)
- WHO: ALL high school students who are interested in Design League and have RSVP'd
- THERE WILL BE PIZZA + round trip metro cards!
- ***If for some reason you CAN NOT attend the Open House, but really want to join Design League, contact Maggie at email@example.com or (646) 574-1077 to make other interview arrangements! ***
When does Design League meet? How long is the program?
Design League meets every Tuesday at 4:00pm from October to June. Very occasionally, we will have retreats or field trips on Saturdays. In the summer, Mouse Design League students continue to meet at Mouse on Tuesdays (optional) and get exclusive access to apply for paid summer Apprenticeships working on technology projects at NYC start-ups, corporations, and community organizations. Typically, Design League students start the program in 9th, 10th or 11th grade and participate every year until they graduate high school. All high school students are welcome to apply
If you have specific questions about how your schedule will work with Design League, you can contact Maggie at Maggie@mouse.org.
How do I know if Design League is right for me?
Design League is a weekly commitment for high school aged techies, artists, and makers who have skills or strong interests in technology and design. You'll apply these skills and learn new ones to design a new technology that solves a need in the world, all while being a part of a team that loves to have fun and work together. Design League members care about the world and their community. If you are unsure, email Maggie@mouse.org. for advice, or come to the Open House and see for yourself!
Will this Qualify for Community Service Credits?
Yes, several components of the Design League program are designed for community service. Legacy Projects offer weeks of community service! Plus you learn a lot about the technology you love along the way, like Media, Robotics, Programming or Web Design.
Still have questions?
Contact Maggie at 646.574.1077 or Maggie@mouse.org. for more details!
We hope to see you at our Open House on Oct. 6th at 4PM!
Welcome back, Mouse Squads! We hope you had a great summer. You have probably noticed that there are lots of awesome changes happening here at Mouse HQ. Read about some of them below, watch out for more coming soon!
Mouse Squad's New Branding
After several months of dreaming, research, planning and design, Mouse will be launching a new brand (logo, colors and message) in October. But we wanted to give Mouse Squads a sneak peak at the new look now, at the start of the school year.
We've swapped out our old yellow, black and blue for a bolder red, green and blue palette (or "RGB" for graphic design geeks). Don't worry, the rest of the website is the same, it just has a fresh coat of paint. There's lots of spots on our site where you'll still see the older colors. We will continue making updates over the year but, if you notice any problems please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mouse Squad Network Support Team
We have an updated team to help out all of our Coordinators and Students across the Mouse Squad network this year! Meet Chelien, Patrick and Rachel who will be working with Mouse Squads on getting started, answering questions, and achieving new amazing goals! You can reach out to Patrick (email@example.com) at any time with questions (or pictures of your newest project!), and we will be there to get you the info you need.
New Web Making Activities: Privacy & Security
We are very excited to announce the launch of eight new Web Maker activities as part of our Mouse Squad Certification Badge! Generous funding from Symantec helped us to create a whole new set of activities to help young digital users and makers explore the issues of online privacy, security and citizenship. The activities cover topics like: creating secure passwords, understanding who is collecting your data and why, leaving an online legacy to be proud of, what Terms of Service agreements are all about, and more! As always, the activities are active, engaging and remixable to suit your Squad’s needs and interests! Get a closer look at these and the rest of our Web Maker activities on mousesquad.org!
Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the new Mouse Squad style!