Thanks for making this year's Maker Faire a big success, New York City! On Saturday September 21st, 43 MOUSE Squad students came to Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.
Students participated from the following schools:
- P.S. 89 Cypress Hills Community School
- James Madison High School
- Stephen A. Halsey School, JHS 157
- Dr. Susan S. McKinney High School for the Perming Arts
- Mott Hall Charter School
- In-Tech Academy MS/HS 368
Students completed a scavenger hunt challenge throughout the course of the day, using the Google Keep app on our new Nexus 7 tablets to record the different things they found. We saw projects involving 3D printing, green technology, and even interviewed some of the makers with the voice recorder.
This year the MOUSE Corps students had their own booth at the Young Maker tent where they gave demonstrations of their Legacy Projects, a group of projects designed to support people living with Cerebral Palsy. They had an amazing time sharing their interactive projects with fellow makers of all ages! MOUSE Corps also had the opportunity to lead an activity with the HIVE where visitors could make their own light up LED pins.
Are you a high schooler interested making cool stuff? Join the MOUSE Corps! Apply by Oct. 1. To find out more, check out this Wire post!
Everyone who participated in the scavenger hunt got a mini-foam finger to take home! Thanks so much to everyone who came, it was an amazing kick off to a great year of MOUSE Squad!
MOUSE Corps is a year-long afterschool design and technology program for self-proclaimed geeks, techies, artists, activists, innovators and tinkerers who will achieve over 100 hours of applied design, technology, workplace and leadership experience.
Over the course of the program, students brainstorm, prototype, and present their Legacy Project, a new technology which addresses a social need, while building their skills and exploring career pathways with technology mentors across diverse professional settings. In the summer, MOUSE Corps students are eligible to apply for apprenticeships at organizations across the city.
How to Apply
You must be a high school MOUSE Squad student to apply for MOUSE Corps. Click here to apply now: www.mousesquad.org/joinmousecorps
- Fill out the application by Tuesday Oct 1st.
- Attend the Oct. 1st MOUSE Corps Open House @ 4pm at MOUSE HQ (more info below).
- MOUSE will let you know if you have been accepted on FRIDAY October 11th.
- If you are accepted, you and a parent/guardian will sign the MOUSE Corps Pledge.
- You and your fellow MOUSE Corps team members will attend weekly Tuesday meetings after-school at 4pm.
MOUSE Corps Open House
After you've filled out the application, come to our recruitment meeting on Tuesday, October 1st at 4PM at MOUSE. This meeting will help you decide if this program is right for you!
- WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 1st 4pm-5:30pm
- WHERE: MOUSE Headquarters (50 W. 23rd Street, 7th floor, Suite 702, NYC)
- WHO: ALL high school students who are interested in MOUSE Corps and completed the application here
When does MOUSE Corps meet? How long is the program?
MOUSE Corps meets every Tuesday at 4:00pm from October to June. Occasionally, we will have retreats or fieldtrips on Saturdays. In the summer, MOUSE Corps students continue to meet at MOUSE on Tuesdays and get exclusive access to apply for paid summer Apprenticeships working on technology projects at NYC start-ups, corporations, and community organizations. Typically, MOUSE Corps students start the program in 10th or 11th grade and participate every year until they graduate high school.
If you have specific questions about how your schedule will work with MOUSE Corps, you can contact Maggie at Maggie@mouse.org.
How do I know if MOUSE Corps is right for me?
MOUSE Corps is for self-proclaimed geeks, techies, artists, activists, hackers, innovators, tinkerers, makers that have an intermediate to advanced level of technology literacy. You'll apply these skills and learn new ones to design a new technology that solves a need in the world - MOUSE Corps members care about the world and their community. If you aren't sure whether you have the skills, check out the application, or email Maggie@mouse.org for advice.
Will this Qualify for Community Service Credits?
Yes, several components of the MOUSE Corps program are designed for community service. Legacy Projects offer weeks of community service! Plus you learn a lot about the technology you love along the way, like Media, Robotics, Programming or Web Design.
Where are MOUSE Corps Meetings?
Most workshops/meetings take place at MOUSE Headquarters in Manhattan (50 W. 23rd St. 7th floor Suite 702, NYC).
How many spaces are there this year?
Because only a few of our students from last year were seniors, there are only about 4-5 open spots in MOUSE Corps this year.
Still have questions?
Contact Maggie at 646.545.3798 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!
We hope to see you at our recruitment meeting on Oct. 1st at 4PM at MOUSE Headquarters on 50 W. 23rd St. 7th floor Suite 702, NYC!
Calling all MOUSE Squad Coordinators -- start your year off right at Coordinator-Con!
Join MOUSE Squad Coordinators from throughout NYC for Coordinator-Con on Friday, October 18. This year we are excited to announce that Coordinator-Con will be hosted at the Google offices in Chelsea again! Register today to reserve your spot!
We encourage all MOUSE Squad Coordinators to join us for a day of professional development and networking. This is a great opportunity to meet other Coordinators, ask questions and share best practices, and attend workshops led by MOUSE staff.
Details for the Day:
WHEN: Friday, October 18 from 9am-4:30pm
WHERE: Google - 111 8th Avenue at W. 15th Street, Manhattan
SIGN UP: Register now to reserve your space!
WHAT ELSE? A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
What to Expect at Coordinator-Con:
At Coordinator-Con, we are excited to have the opportunity to hear from new and returning MOUSE Squad Coordinators from throughout NYC. The following resources will be available to you throughout the day:
- Workshops on essential topics for your MOUSE Squad--including using the MOUSE Squad Certification Curriculum, exploring Specialist Certifications, and working on projects that go beyond tech support--led by MOUSE staff.
- Networking and brainstorming sessions with MOUSE Squad Coordinators from throughout NYC.
- Professional development and support for using new tools on mousesquad.org and implementing Certification with your Squad.
- Opportunities to check in with your school's assigned Training Specialist!
Questions? Email email@example.com.
To attend Coordinator-Con, your school must be registered for MOUSE Squad in the 2013-14 school year!
To re-register, you must:
- Confirm with Naomi or your Training Specialist that your school is re-registering for the 2013-14 school year, and share any updates to your school's contact information.
- Submit a purchase order for the $999 membership fee--you can pay this over FAMIS using your school's NYSSL budget. Payment details are available here.
Please contact Naomi (firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-920-3662) if you have any questions or need additional details to re-register.