There is an App for that! We are hAPPy to announce who has earned this month's MicroProject badge!
Last month we asked you to create the smartphone app of your dreams. No programming required, just imagination! We wanted to see at least three screenshots of what your app would look like in use and wow did we get some incredible submissions! We are so happy that so many of you contributed such awesome designs. Thank you for making this such a great MicroProject Competition!
Our Grand Prize
We want to give a huge round of MOUSE Squad applause to the amazing App designers from Bayside S.T.E.M in San Mateo, CA who all earned the MicroProject Badge this month. Besides earning the badge for their entire squad they also will be receiving a $60 gift card to Best Buy! There are so many incredible apps here its hard to keep track of them all. One of our favorite is the iTaco app which tells you where you can find the closest taco truck when you are feeling hungry. iTaco even gives reviews and let's you place an order through the app!
There are so many other great app ideas from Bayside S.T.E.M. They made apps to help keep us productive, apps to help with school, goofy apps for fun, games, and apps to help us design more apps. Be sure to check out the App Store for Beginning Designers, Mini-MOUSE Squad App, the Do Not Panic Homework App, The Killen’ Veggies, and Lightning Escape, TNT Blast, CopuRef, Personal Calendar with Sari, The Frizzy Hair App and many more
Our First Runner Up
Winning a Papertronics Lunar Module, our first runner up goes to OIS Bulldogs from Orinda, CA. They also created a ton of great apps including Appception, iCure, Trapper Grabber 2000 and Virtual Goldfish. Virtual Goldfish is like a virtual pet app that you can take care of, and Trapper Grabber shows you how to set traps like the movie Home Alone. These ideas are so creative we couldn't ignore them! Don't you want a virtual goldfish to take play with? Especially when you can get a cool fish like the rainbow fish. Develop apps for the Appception store. Oh, and cure most diseases with the press of a button. That's pretty awesome. One app even had an animated GIF! Way to go!
Second Runner Up
Our secondrunner up also receives a Papertronics Lunar Module, and the prize goes to the Score Tally app from the Nerdy Bulldogs from Queens, NY. This app helps you keep score when playing a game and also functions as a timer. We love that they created a video demonstrating how their app works! It's awesome!
Our Honorable Mention goes to Andromeda from rhern33 from the Cesar Chavez Proud Eagles from East Palo Alto, CA. Their app gives you a realistic 3D view of planets, stars and other cool space knowledge and even let's you live chat with a Nasa Scientist. They submitted a detailed powerpoint presentation outlining how their app works as well as this GoAnimate video. Rhern33 you truly are a star!
Thanks so much for participating in our February MicroProject Competition, we want to especially thank you for giving so many great Wins! to all the many projects that were submitted. This MicroProject Competition was a huge success because of everyone who participated!
We hope you take part in our March MicroProject: Hack to the Future!
Team Training has been rescheduled!
Great news everybody! We know you were looking forward to our fantastic Spring Team Training, and we were so sorry to postpone it because of the snowy weather. However, we are pleased to announce that Team Training has been rescheduled for Saturday March 2nd at Hudson High School for Learning Technologies. All the details are the same:
All students will be provided with lunch, a 2 fare Metro Card, and lots of cool prizes
For more information about Team Training, check out the original post here
Schools that were previously signed up for Team Training have priority. Other schools that sign up will be automatically placed on the wait list
This Spring, Bring Even More of the MOUSE Squad Spirit to Your School!
Every NYC MOUSE Squad school can sign up for a free specialized tech workshop at your school at any time in the school year! These workshops are a great way to deepen your Squad's knowledge on a specialized tech topic with hands-on activities, build up your MOUSE Squad help desk, and strengthen your team with fun and challenging teambuilding games.
Click here to see a list of the different topics you can choose from for your tech workshop!
Tech workshops are led by your school's MOUSE Squad Training Specialist (Alex, Maggie, Patrick, or Rachel). When you're planning your tech workshop, you can tell your Training Specialist if you want to make it an "open" workshop. If you choose to make it an open workshop, we'll invite MOUSE Squads at nearby schools to come join you--like your own mini-Team Training! Open workshops are a great way to meet and learn from other MOUSE Squads in your neighborhood!
But wait...there's more!
AND if you opt to hold an open tech workshop focusing on one of the Specialist Certifications, you can still have another tech workshop just for your Squad! Here's what you do to set up a tech workshop for your MOUSE Squad:
- Take a look at this flyer, which has a list of all the different workshop topics you can choose from.
- Decide whether you want to host an open tech training, and invite MOUSE Squads from other schools in your neighborhood!
- Contact your Training Specialist--Alex, Maggie, Patrick, or Rachel--to schedule your training. (If you're not sure who your Training Specialist is, email Naomi.) Remember to tell them which workshop you want, whether it will be open to other Squads, and a few days and times that will work for you.
- If you're signing up to host an open workshop, you can also schedule a workshop just for your Squad on a different date!
We're looking forward to coming out to your school!