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Thanks for Another Awesome Team Training NYC!

Fall MOUSE Squad Team Training Wrap-Up

On Saturday, November 15th, 89 students from 14 MOUSE Squads across New York City came to Fall Team Training at Manhattan’s Hudson High School of Learning Technologies.


We started off the day with our favorite way to start the day the Social Scavenger Hunt before the opening ceremonies. As squads arrived at the event, they were broken up into 4 different teams: Green Godzillas, Orange Orcas, Pink Panthers and Yellow Yaks. Coordinators had their own special group too: the Cobalt Coordinators! Everyone worked on challenges with members of other squads including creating a secret handshake and drawing Squad mascots. After completing every challenge we got a Team Training button to keep!

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The Opening Ceremonies began with the Great MOUSEmallow Skyscraper Challenge! Students and coordinators set out to build the tallest freestanding tower they could out of marshmallows and sticks on top of an upside down bucket.

We split into four groups and went to four different workshops: Hardware, Leadership and Webmaker and Garage Robotics. Two of these workshops, Garage Robotics and Webmaker, are brand new to Team Training. Through the course of these workshops we opened up computers, played games, built circuits and learned about code!

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At the end of the day, students, coordinators and MOUSE staff gathered together to close out Team Training with a raffle drawing and shout-outs to the most memorable people and moments of the day. Three schools won Garage Robotics kits for their schools!

We had so much fun at Team Training and were thrilled by the enthusiasm of all of our students and coordinators.

We want to give a special shout-out to Hudson High School for hosting us again!!

UPDATE: Register for the Game Jam December 6th!

Want to make games? Come to a Game Jam!

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Sign up here!!

Build your own game levels in Pixel Press, hack game characters and art in Scratch, modify Block Breaker with Game Salad and more! We'll introduce you to the principles of good game design, and then give you time to create your own game with the help of our expert staff.

WHO: Middle and High School Students
WHEN: Saturday, December 6th
TIME: 1:00-4:30 PM
WHERE: Brooklyn Community College Partnership, 301 Roosevelt Hall
2950 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11210
301 Roosevelt Hall

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WHAT: Make games and have fun!
COST:Free!
CONTACT: Alex Fleming at alex@mouse.org or 646-574-1767 with questions or for help finding the Game Jam.

Light snacks will be provided. Parents are encouraged to attend the last 30 minutes of the day (4-4:30) to see a showcase of games made that day.

Register here!

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This event is funded by the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund at the New York Community Trust. Organizations present at this game jam include BCCP, MOUSE, CoderDojo NYC, The Museum of the Moving Image, and Eyebeam.

Announcing the Winners for Hackin' n' Stackin'!!!

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Congratulations to the October Microproject Winners!

Greetings Squad members! We had a lot of fun last month playing all the Hackin' N' Stackin' MicroProject submissions! The October challenge was to remix a MOUSE favorite Scratch game, Pancaker. We were excited that we got so many different kinds of remixes, MOUSE Squad students' creativity always impresses us here at MOUSE HQ!

Our Grand Prize:
The winner of the Grand Prize $60 gift card to Best Buy, from Crooms AoIT Squad in Sanford, FL is SmithAustin! His game National Treasure: The Game won the Grand Prize because he developed a basic story based on the National Treasure movies and added a lot of great costumes.

Click here to play National Treasure: The Game

Our First Runner Up:
Winner of the runner up award of a Papertronics Lunar Module is reality_does_not_exist from Nerd Squad in Berkeley, CA who created the excellent game Spider Stacker. Her project is fun because you have to only stack spiders and avoid the fireballs!


Click here to play Spider Stacker

Our Second Runner Up
Also receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module is TheTechGeek from Addison Squeak Squad: Glitch Eradicators in Palo Alto, CA whose Pancaker Remix is a very fun colorful version of Pancaker. The rainbow remix added a lot of excitement.


Click here to play TheTechGeek's Pancaker Remix

Honorable Mentions
We had so many amazing submissions this month! It was incredibly difficult to choose a winner. We would like to give honorable mentions to haylie byers from Halsey's Mouse Squad for minecraft stacker and WaldenNathan also from Crooms AoIT-Fisher Squad for Extreme Pancaker.

Click here to play minecraft stacker

Click here to play Extreme Pancaker

Shout out for Wins!

It's not too late to give out Wins to your favorite MicroProject entries! Give wins for creativity, technical know-how or inspiration. Click here to check out all the school designs that were submitted!

This month we'd like to shout out Thomaslan for giving an awesome creativity win! Thomaslan gave a full review of our winning game! Thanks Thomaslan!

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When you see someone make a cool MicroProject submission, let them know what they did a great job by giving them a win!

Thank you to Coordinators and students who participated and submitted such awesome projects! We are looking forward to seeing many more of them in the future. Be sure to check out our next project: FontsGiving!!!