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New Serif In Town

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serif-explained.pngHave you ever looked at a word up close and noticed some fonts have little lines attached to the ends of letters? Those are called "serifs." When a set of letters has them, they’re called “serif fonts” and when they don’t have them, they’re called “sans serif fonts.” This month we're challenging you to get creative with serifs (or sans serifs!) by making your own font! And since Pi Day is happening up on March 14th, (because of the number Pi) we want you to focus on creating a new font for numbers!

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Next Mouse Maker Night: Thursday, Feb 25th!!

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Did you miss Mouse's last Maker Night? Don't worry! Another one is happening on Thursday, Feb. 25th from 4-6 pm!

Mouse’s monthly Maker Night brings together high school aged and professional coders, crafters, 3D designers, whiteboard artists, gamers, and makers and more from all over NYC. Meet experts, learn new skills and take something home you made! This is the perfect place to try code, building circuits or 3D design for the first time!

Join us! All experience levels welcome.

See photos from previous Maker Nights to get inspired!
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This month's Maker Night is Thursday, Feb. 25th.

Mouse Maker Nights are FREE for ALL NYC high school students, so bring your friends, brothers, sisters, cousins, frenemies, classmates, teammates, and more! Just make sure you RSVP.

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At a Mouse Maker Night you will:

  • Make something awesome!
  • Eat free pizza!
  • Meet cool people who also like to make things!

Maker Night Info:

WHEN: Thursday Feb 25, from 4-6pm.
WHERE: Mouse Headquarters: 55 Broad Street, 16th floor, in Downtown Manhattan.
WHO: Mouse Maker Nights are open to all NYC high school students! However, space is limited, so you have to...

RSVP: Sign up today!

No materials or experience necessary. FREE Pizza included!

Hey Middle School Teachers, do you want to bring students? Contact alex@mouse.org or maggie@mouse.org.

Congratulations Beat Blizzard Winners!

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For December and January, we asked you to get creative and make your own song to add to the music of the holiday season. We heard a host of interesting songs. Some were upbeat and energetic while others were thoughtful and melodic, and they all got us into the holiday spirit. Thank you to everyone who submitted a song!

Our Grand Prize

Earning the MicroProject Winner Badge and a $60 gift card to Best Buy for their squad is AJLA TechWizards Project(Evan) by encalhoun from AJLA Tech Wizards in Chicago, Illinois. We really loved how creative and different this song felt, it ebbs and flows even though it's a short song, bursting with energy by the time it's done. Congratulations to encalhoun and AJLA Tech Wizards!

Check out "AJLA TechWizards Project(Evan)" here.

Our First Runner Up

Our first runner up, receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module for their squad is My Soundation Song by amarm724 from Halsey's Mouse Squad in Rego Park, New York. Amarm724 sought out to make a relaxing yet cheerful beat for this project and the sounds they chose were right on target with that theme. They experimented with the reverb and distortion tools in a way that really adds to the song and showed great attention to detail. This song feels perfect at a cozy fireside or on a breezy beach. Awesome work amarm724 and Halsey's Mouse Squad!

Our Second Runner Up

Our second Runner Up (also receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module) is the squad at The Armory Foundation in New York. We received 10 amazing submissions from this creative squad! There's so much that we enjoyed in these songs. DJ Harlem presents:$peak-Ez- and DJ D2M really sound like music ready for the radio and show a willingness to experiment and try new things to get the best sound. NATHALYS SONG :B also takes risks and the change of tempo and style towards the end make the song surprising and enjoyable.Thanks for submitting so many great projects The Armory Foundation!

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:

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 MatchaCat for giving a great creativity win. MatchaCat 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 sharpen your coding skills by modifying a homework excuse generator! Code in the Blanks!.

Mouse Squad is a program of Mouse. 55 Broad Street, 16th Floor, NY, NY 10004 646-574-6446, help@mousesquad.org