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October MicroProject: Hackin' n' Stackin'


To celebrate the all new incredible Scratch activities in our Serious Games certification, MOUSE presents a new Game Design MicroProject. This month's challenge is to hack Pancaker, one of our favorite Scratch games. Scratch makes it easy to turn Pancaker into your own stacking game like Leaf Stacker or Pumpkin Pie Parade or anything you can imagine. How will you hack it?

Click here to find out more!

Find out who won September's Flyer Like an Eagle challenge!

Maker Faire 2014 - Year of the Maker!

Maker Faire 2014 may have been the best one yet! We had 5 intrepid MOUSE Squads in attendance, awesome MOUSE Corps students were everywhere, and so much fun was had by all!

Thank you to these awesome Squads who joined us:

MOUSE Squad students took on awesome soldering projects, got a close-up look at 3D printing (including a 3D printed robot and car!), hung out with a giant bike-powered alligator, and more!

MOUSE Corps was super busy all day, too! MOUSE Corps students split their time between a few different booths: they presented their assistive technology projects -- brand-new innovations created to support people with Cerebral Palsy to do daily tasks more independently, including everything from vacuuming to playing video games! They also led fun Webmaker activities, and taught the crowd how to tinker with electronics at the gadgITERATION table!

MOUSE Corps looks pretty awesome, huh? Well if you're a high schooler in MOUSE Squad, you can sign up to be in MOUSE Corps this year! The deadline to apply is October 7 -- get all the details here!

Check out more great photos of Maker Faire here!

Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday! It was great to see you, and we look forward to seeing everyone at more great events all year long!

October 18th Game Jam with The Hive at BCCP!

Do you like games? Do you like making things? Then come design some games with us!

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Build your own video game in Platform Beta, hack games in Scratch, craft a story-based game using the Gravity Ether, or design your robot game. We'll introduce you to the principles of good game design, and then give you time to create your own game with the help of our expert staff.

WHO: Middle and High School Students
WHEN: Saturday, October 18th
TIME: 1:00-4:30 PM
WHERE: Brooklyn Community College Partnership
2950 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11210

WHAT: Make games and have fun!
COST:Free! But space is limited!
Light snacks will be provided.

Sign up HERE!

If you miss this one we will be offering other game jams throughout the year, so please stay tuned for the Wire for more information about these. Also, parents are encouraged to attend the last 30 minutes of the day (4-4:30) to see a showcase of games made that day.

August Hive Game Jam

Space is very limited so don't forget to sign up now!

This event is funded by the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund at the New York Community Trust. Organizations present at this game jam includes BCCP, MOUSE, Institute of Play, Exposure Camp, and Iridescent.