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Spring Team Training is February 1st!

Team Training is back!

Sign up HERE for Spring Team Training!

Couldn't make it to Team Training this Fall? Well, you're in luck, because we're offering Team Training again this Spring! Our second Team Training of the year will be February 1st, 2014 at the Hudson High School of Learning Technologies! In this full-day training for NYC MOUSE Squads, coordinators and students engage in 4 hands-on workshops designed to set squads up for success at your school: Hardware, Networking, Web-Operations & Leadership.

Want to know more? Check this out:

When:

  • Saturday, February 1st: 9 AM - 4:15 PM

Where:

Hudson High School of Learning Technologies: 351 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011
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To Do:

Every student who attends should have handed in a permission form to their MOUSE Squad Coordinator.

More About Team Training:

Our MOUSE Squad Team Trainings start students and coordinators with the basics. Together, whole squads learn how systems work, how people work together effectively to overcome challenges, see projects through to completion, and innovate with creative solutions that capitalize on the passion and knowledge of the group.

At Team Training, Students will:

  • Practice key leadership skills through exciting team challenges
  • Learn the basic principles of computer networks
  • Gain the fundamental knowledge needed to identify, assemble, and replace key hardware, and learn how it works by first breaking it apart
  • Explore all the exciting tools that mousesquad.org has to offer!
  • Have fun!

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Lunch, snacks, and two-fare Metrocards will be provided for all attendees. Team Training is the best introduction to MOUSE Squad a student could hope for! We can't wait to see you there.

Register here!

Please register by Wednesday, January 22nd!
Note that all workshops are conducted in English, please let us know if your squads have language needs though we will not be able to provide translation.

Game Jam at BrainPOP! (with Global Kids)

BrainPOP wants to know what you think of the ideas they're working on!

We’re offering two opportunities to participate in a special Game Jam at BrainPOP, where you will get to learn what professional Game Designers do behind the scenes!

Ten elite MOUSE Squad students will get a special chance to go inside BrainPOP headquarters and find out how they make games for their site. You'll get a peek inside BrainPOP's design process and get a chance to give your input on new games!

You'll also get to meet students from MOUSE's friends at Global Kids and talk to real professional game designers! Think you might be interested in working in games? Find out what it's really like!

WHEN: Either Wednesday, 1/8 OR Wednesday, 1/15
brainpop_location.pngWHERE: 71 W 23rd St. in Manhattan (by 6th Av.) Take the F/M, 1, N/R, or 6 trains to 23rd St.
WHAT TIME: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
WHY: Learn about how real game designers work and get a behind the scenes look into how BrainPOP makes their games!
TO DO: Please make sure that all your students have filled out this permission slip and this other permission slip.
Snacks and one round trip metro card will be provided.

Be sure to register soon because space is extremely limited. We only have space for 10 students in total each day. In addition to registering online you will need to confirm your attendance the week of the event.

Click here to register!

Apply for a MakerBot & Help Shape the Future of 3D Printing in Schools!

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: The new deadline to apply for MOUSE's 3D Design & Fabrication program and get a free MakerBot for your school is Friday, January 10.

So what are you waiting for? Submit your proposal today! Details below.

We're excited to announce that for the third year in a row, MOUSE and MakerBot are teaming up for our 3D Design & Fabrication program and we want YOU to apply to become part of this unique initiative for our NYC MOUSE Network Members. We’ll be planting new MakerBot Replicators to grow mini BotFarms at schools with seriously creative MOUSE Squads. If your Squad has ideas for 3D printing projects and can pair up with at least one STEAM-area class (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), this could be you!

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MakerBot 3D Replicators are desktop printers that enable users to print 3D objects created with CAD modeling software like SketchUp, Tinkercad, 123D and more. Click here to see them in action!

WHAT DO YOU GET?
Besides earning a 3D printer for their schools, successful applicants will also gain access to:

  • Professional development for a MOUSE Squad Coordinator & 1 subject-area teacher
  • Networking opportunities with other MakerBot Squad Coordinators
  • A 3D design-focused Tech Training at your site from one of MOUSE’s Training Specialists
  • Early registration to UnPlugged events in Spring 2014 for you and your students covering basic 3D CAD software skills
  • Major “Cred” for being one of the first NYC schools to integrate 3D printing
  • Thingiverse, Makerbot’s online community for sharing 3D printing project ideas
  • Helping MOUSE and MakerBot continue to establish best practices for using 3D printing in educational settings

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WHAT IS MOUSE ESPECIALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS YEAR?
We are thrilled about the brand new 3D design project MOUSE will be working on with our friends at the American Museum of Natural History. This program asks students to become digital archivists for AMNH’s library, combining science, research and 3D fabrication. Four Squads from MOUSE's 3D Design & Fabrication program will be selected to participate in this one-of-a-kind opportunity!

WHAT ARE THE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS?
To participate in MOUSE’s 3D Design & Fabrication program, Squads must have the support of their principal and at least one partnering staff member from a STEAM-related subject at school. Participation will be limited, and will be dependent upon alignment to the goals of your school and MOUSE’s program, as indicated in your proposal (see below).

All participating sites must attend beginner MakerBot Trainings being held on January 23 and 24 (location TBD). In addition, you will be required to complete some of the tutorials and Daily Print projects from the MakerBot Education website.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU'RE INTERESTED?
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  1. First, check out MakerBot Industries and MakerBot Education online to learn more about exactly how awesome this opportunity is.
  2. Then, check out these awesome 3D printing projects from schools who are currently in the program.
  3. Attend the MakerBot info-session webinar on December 19 at 4PM. Click here to register!
  4. Talk to fellow teachers at your school to find at least 1 MakerBot co-sponsor - pilot sites must have a MOUSE Squad Coordinator paired with a science, math, engineering, or art instructor
  5. Finally send an emailed proposal indicating your school's interest, and the following information to kate@mouse.org by 5PM on Wednesday, January 8th:
  • Name of your Squad's School/Site
  • Coordinator's Name and email
  • Subject-area partner’s name and content area
  • A statement of interest (less than 250 words) describing your vision for how you’d use the MakerBot 3D printer at your school to bridge STEAM subjects with your Squad this year
  • Coordinator's phone number where you can realistically be reached
  • Please include "MakerBot Program" in your email's subject

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THAT INFO SESSION YOU JUST MENTIONED?
We will be holding an info session webinar for interested Coordinators on Thursday, December 19 at 4PM. The webinar will take place on Google Hangouts On Air, which means you MUST have a Google account to participate. Google accounts are free and easy to set up, just go to Google.com and click on "Sign In" in the upper right corner to get started. Proposals submitted by Coordinators who attend the info session will be given priority consideration. Click here to register for the info session.

WHAT IF I'M ALREADY IN THE PROGRAM? CAN I GET ANOTHER MAKERBOT?
Yes! But we have a different MakerBot Mentors program for our veteran MakerBot squads. You will get an email to your inbox shortly, so stay tuned!

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We hope to hear from you soon, and that you're as excited as we are about this opportunity! Sites applying to participate will be contacted by phone or email for follow-up.

Questions? Email kate@mouse.org or call her at (212) 920-3675