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Congratulations Appy Holidays Winners!

Over the holidays we asked you to design your own apps, tell us what your app would do, share some images of what your app would look like, and if you really wanted to go above and beyond, make a video or a prototype using Mozilla's Appmaker.

Our Grand Prize

Earning the MicroProject Winner Badge and a $60 gift card to Best Buy for their squad is Ben N 722 from Halsey's MOUSE Squad in Queens, NY.

We really liked Ben N 722's idea for an app that would teach you how to text more quickly, a very useful skill these days! Ben N 722's diagram of how their app would work really impressed us. Ben N 722 even made a prototype on Appmaker which is a great work-in-progress and a video explaining how the app works.

Congratulations Ben N 722 and all of the Halsey MOUSE Squad members!

Check out Ben N 722's app design!

Our First Runner Up

Our first runner up receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module is Nerd Squad from Berkeley, California. We liked Nerd Squad's funny app (designed with Appmaker) about BART, the public transit system in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Check out Nerd Squad's project!

Our Second Runner Up

Also receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module is Liver Drumsticks Blue Angels from Daly City, California. We liked how their idea for "Creative Ranking" app allows users to get feedback on their artwork.

Check out Liver Drumsticks Blue Angels' project!

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 Luke Boyd for giving an awesome Creativity win!

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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! Thanks for giving such a great win Luke Boyd!

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: Happy GIF-entines Day!.

Happy GIF-entine's Day Challenge!


At MOUSE we don't celebrate Valentine's Day, we celebrate GIF-entine's Day: A day where you give GIFS to people in your life to show how much you appreciate them! Make a GIF for your MOUSE Squad Coordinator to show how much you value your Squad, or for your family to show them how great they are. GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format, and a GIF is a series of still images looped together to create a mini video or animation.

Click here to get started!

Thanks for the First Game Jam of 2015!

On Friday, January 23rd, MOUSE lead a Scratch remixing table at the January Hive Moveable Game Jam! The event was hosted at The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens and featured activities from MOUSE and other Hive NYC organizations! This was the fourth of six Game Jams that MOUSE will be a part of over the course of the year.

We started the day by splitting into groups and inventing a simple game on the spot! Then we got to choose one of four stations to check out and try a game-making activity. The activities at this game jam were focused more on the art and design side of games than ever before!

At MOUSE's station, attendees hacked a simple Scratch game called Ghost Blast! where you play as a friendly ghost who has to dodge evil spirits. You can try this activity yourself! Just go to Mission #7: It's the Remix in our Serious Games Badge.

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Attendees replaced the characters in the game with their own characters and even swapped the game background in some cases. Participants used images from Google image search and hand-drawn pictures scanned in with the computer's built in camera.

Everyone hacked Ghost Blast in different ways, creating incredible new mods of the game. The final games can be played right here, so check them out.

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We weren't the only table at this Game Jam running awesome activities. Attendees also got to:

Students from Groundswell helped facilitate their activity! So cool!

Missed this Game Jam? Don't worry! The next Game Jam is coming up in March! Stay tuned to The Wire for more information!