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Congratulations Go Back in Twine Winners!

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For November, we asked you to create a Choose Your Own Adventure story in Twine about a day in your life you’d like to live again. We got a ton of stories from all over the country filled with suspense, drama and life lessons learned! Thank you to everyone who submitted a Twine story!

Our Grand Prize

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Earning the MicroProject Winner Badge and a $60 gift card to Best Buy for their squad is City-Wide Test. Or a catastrophe, depending on which path you take by Alli21Gator from Cybotic Knights in Brooklyn, New York. We really loved the mixture of fact and fiction in this post to create an interesting story with many different paths to choose from. It takes a while to reach the "real" end of this story which shows how much thought and effort went into each path. Congratulations to Alli21Gator and Cybotic Knights!

Check out "City-Wide Test. Or a catastrophe, depending on which path you take" here.

Our First Runner Up

Our first runner up, receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module is the squad at P.S. 139 in Rego Park. We received 15 projects from this awesome squad! There's so much that we enjoyed in these submissions, from the immersive images of The Cave and The Hand to Bully Trouble's meaningful subject matter and call to action. You all dove right into this project and your posts show creativity, compassion and a knack for storytelling. Thanks for submitting so many great projects P.S 139!

See The Cave and The Hand and Bully Trouble's.

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Our Second Runner Up

Our second Runner Up (also receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module) is jesuslizard385 from Pine Hollow Mouse Squad 2015-2016 in California. This story has personality, humor, depth, and a way with words that makes for an entertaining experience. You definitely won't regret trying this out.

Try "You May Regret This" here.

Honorable Mentions

There were so many great projects this month we wish we had more prizes to give away! We would like to share these honorable mentions:

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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, you may have already guessed, but we think you are a Winner with a capital W!

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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 use your favorite sampling software to create an instrumental holiday song! Beat Blizzard!.

PlayTech Saturday Rocks Again!

On Saturday, November 21st a group of excited Mouse Squad members and coordinators gathered at Parsons The New School for Design to have fun at PlayTech Saturday!
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PlayTech gives Mouse Squad members the chance to test out the latest games and projects being designed by graduate students at Parsons. Some of these games are almost finished and some are just the seeds of an idea. The feedback from Mouse Squad members helps determine the shape of these games in the future. And don't forget about the delicious free pizza.

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This year we saw console games, tablet and phone games, action games, thinking games, goofy games and serious experiments with human behavior.

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Everyone at PlayTech Saturday also got a chance to play Mouse's very own "PlayTech: The Game" in order to win a PlayTech Saturday usb key. It looks like a key and can fit on a keyring, but it actually holds 2 gigabytes of data. How cool is that?

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In order to win prizes, all the players had to do was give their opinions on the games at PlayTech (what were their favorites? what would they change?). We also asked Mouse Squad members to come up with their own idea for a game

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This was one of the most fun PlayTech Saturday’s ever!! Thank you so much to everyone who attended! We had a blast and can't wait to see you next time in the Spring!

Holiday Microproject: Beat Blizzard!

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It’s the Holiday season, which means holiday music is everywhere, but sometimes hearing the same old holidays songs can get a little repetitive. That’s why this holiday, we’re challenging you to make your own song to add to the mix! As a special challenge, we want you to focus on the music and make this song without any lyrics.

Click here to get started

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