At Maker Saturday, makers of all ages came together to tinker, code, and make at 7 different stations with Mouse staff and volunteers from 4 other organizations. Each station focused on a different type of making.
Mouse Maker Saturday Make Stations:
- Climate Game Jam, Hosted by BrainPop
- Collaborative Drawing, Hosted by GroundSwell
- Coding Corner, Hosted by Roy Venegas, Elena Barrio, and Mariama Bah
- DIY Game Controllers with Makey Makey
- LED Crafting with Arduinos
- Mouse Design Challenge (View Design Challenge projects)
- Paper Circuits and 3D Design, Hosted by MakerState
Each station offered learners the ability to try a different project for the first time, or to expand their skills by learning from experts that hosted each station. In addition, everyone could add their own drawing to our collaborative whiteboard wall!
The day was divided into two sessions with a lunch in between each session. At the end of the day, students shared highlights about what they learned and made. To check out some of these projects, visit our Mouse Maker Hall of Fame.
Thanks all of our volunteers that joined us at Maker Saturday and huge shoutout to our student makers from across NYC for making with us!
Attention all game makers! Scratch Day is May 14th!
What is Scratch Day?
Scratch Day celebrates Scratch with events all across the world! Scratch makes creating digital games and animations as easy as snapping blocks together. In Mouse's Serious Games Design Badge you can find a great tutorial on how to get started with Scratch and start designing your own games.
Get in on the fun!
Go to day.scratch.mit.edu to find an event near you. If you're a Serious Games master and feel like sharing your scratch experience you can also host an event. Even if you're making Scratch animations in your PJ's, you can join us in celebrating Scratch !
For March, we asked you to celebrate Pi Day by creating your own original font of numbers 1-9. This month's winners were selected by a special panel of guest judges from Google! Thank you to everyone who submitted an original font!
Our Grand Prize
Earning the MicroProject Winner Badge and a $60 gift card to Best Buy for their squad is SharkFins Font by CaitlynnK from BSMS2 MouseSquad in Moreno Valley, California. Sharkfins Font wins our grand prize for being an example of technical wizardry. Her font is clean and readable and one of our guest judges from Google said she could see herself using it. CaitlynnK also went above and beyond with an awesome name for the font and stylish design concept using a single "shark fin" block in Fontstruct. Sharkfins Font includes capital and lowercase letters, numbers and many symbols as well, making it a complete font. Congratulations once again to CaitlynnK and BSMS2 MouseSquad!
Check out "SharkFins Font" here.
Our First Runner Up
Our first runner up is a pair! Receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module for their squad are The Optimistic Font by Ben N 822 and Constellations by ryane622 from Halsey's Mouse Squad in Rego Park, New York. The Optimistic Font is a sleek looking font that inspires us to look on the bright side of things. Doesn't Pi look great in it? Constellations is a beautifully hand drawn font that uses "number constellations." Its design is clever and creative and the artwork clearly shows effort. Awesome work Ben N 822, ryane622 and Halsey's Mouse Squad!
Our Second Runner Up
Our second Runner Up pair (also receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module) are We Run The World by NightElfPrincess27 and the numbers of pixel by Shantal Cordero from The Armory Foundation in New York, New York. We Run The World carries a positive girl power message with a fun, upbeat design. The numbers of pixel was exciting to our Google judges because of its unusual design decision to put the numbers inside of frames. The design is inspired by a game that its creator enjoys playing. This wins points for most unique! Congratulations NightElfPrincess27, Shantal Cordero and the entire squad!
There were so many great projects this month that we wish we had more prizes to give away! We would like to share these awesome honorable mentions:
- Where are the carrots? and The 'building' of a font by lori826 at Halsey for their incredible hand drawn design. Be sure to look for an awesome comment on Where are the Carrots? from a Coordinator across the country, who took a few of the numbers of Where are the carrots and recreated them in fontstruct!
- Kenn's Pi by 325kenn from PS 139
- Flashy Font by SommerS at Badger Springs
- March Microproject by QuietIsViolent at South Canton Scholars Charter Academy
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 lori826 for giving a great creativity win. lori826 we think you are a WINNER with all caps!
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 celebrate Earth Day with your own original GIF creation! The GIF-ing Tree.