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Tell us about your year in MOUSE & win awesome prizes!


Share your feedback on the MOUSE Squad End-of-Year Survey!

MOUSE Squad Coordinators and students, we want to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to fill out the MOUSE Squad End-of-Year Survey. Your opinions mean a lot to us, and when you answer these questions you tell the MOUSE team what's awesome, what you love, and what we need to change to make next year even better.

So before the school year ends, tell us what you think--and you could win awesome prizes! Ten lucky winners (5 coordinators and 5 student members) will be randomly selected from everyone who responds to the survey. Student winners will get a Nintendo DSi XL and game pack, and Coordinator winners will get a $100 gift certificate to Best Buy!

The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, June 5. Go ahead and tell us what you think!

PLEASE NOTE: You should only fill out this survey if you have participated in MOUSE Squad in the 2014-15 school year. You can only fill it out once. If you're participating in TechCrew in Chicago, you may fill out the survey!

If your MOUSE Squad site is in California and you're reading this, please disregard the above. California MOUSE Squad Coordinators should fill out the survey here, and California MOUSE Squad students should fill out the survey here.

Be MOUSE Squad of the Year 2015

Now is your chance to tell us why you should be MOUSE Squad of the Year 2015!

Each year we honor two lucky squads with the titles MOUSE Squad of the Year and Best New MOUSE Squad of the Year. These titles go to one veteran squad and one rookie squad that do the most outstanding learning, leading and creating every day.

If you're making awesome things happen at your squad, school or community we want to hear your story. Whether you're making things work, upgrading your knowledge or you're a MicroProject champion in training, we want to know about it. To apply send us a story that tells us why you should be MOUSE Squad of the Year.

Winning squads will receive a plaque honoring their school and a pizza party or a Best Buy gift certificate, MOUSE gear and more. But don't do it for the prizes--do it to tell world your story.

Click here to apply for MOUSE Squad of the Year by Friday, June 5th.

PRO TIP: Not sure where to begin? Check out this activity from the Change Maker module to get started!

Last year's MOUSE Squad of the Year...

The reigning champion this year is MOUSE Squad of J.H.S. 157 Stephen A. Halsey in Queens, New York. Halsey Squad Members are incredibly strong competitors with MicroProjects. They make board games for Serious Games and robots for Garage Robotics. They mentored schools in NYC new with 3D Printers to teach 3D design skills, and worked with the American Museum of Natural History to 3D print models of dinosaurs. Nationally Halsey's MOUSE Squad Coordinators led a Digital Meet-Up about Maker Spaces and DIY technology and media projects to encourage other MOUSE Squads to take on more fun hands-on projects.

You can check out their website here.

Last year's Best New MOUSE Squad of the Year...

When Kuna Middle School in Kuna, Idaho received 800 Chromebooks as part of a grant, their MOUSE Squad stepped up to support all of them. Squeak Squad maintained and kept track of the Chromebooks so teachers could focus on teaching. Along with technical and organizational support, Squeak Squad students also helped train their peers on how to safely and respectfully communicate online with their new Chromebooks. After receiving training during MOUSE Squad meetings, Squad Members went back to class to teach their peers. This training model helped ALL students in the school take more ownership of the huge responsibility that comes along with communicating online. AND in their first year, the Squeak Squad closed nearly 250 cases in CaseTracker!

The Squeak Squad also went to the Idaho Education Technology Association annual conference to represent their school and talk about all the work that they do. One student even presented to the House and Senate Idaho State Education Committees!

Learn more on their own website!

Applications close Friday, June 5, 2015, and winners will be announced by June 20. To see the full winner's post from last year click here. May the best Squad win!

Apply Now!

Earn the Serious Games Badge & You Can WIN a Nintendo DSi XL + Game Pack!

IMG_20150401_150656.jpg MOUSE is serious about games, and we know you are too. That's why we're offering FREE Nintendo DSi XLs and games to 20 lucky MOUSE Squad Members who complete the Serious Games Badge before the end of this school year!

How It Works:

  1. You complete ALL the activities in the Serious Games curriculum, and earn the 3 Wins!
  2. Your MOUSE Squad Coordinator goes into WinsTracker and awards you the Serious Games Badge! (It will show up on your user profile!)
  3. You leave a comment on this Wire post. MOUSE Staff will review your work on Serious Games, and once we see that you've completed all the work (and have the chance to play your awesome game!) we'll contact you to ship your prize! The first 20 MOUSE Squad members who we determine have completed the Serious Games Badge will win!

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The deadline is May 29 -- you must complete the badge and comment on this post no later than then!

So what are you doing still reading? Get to gaming!

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