Thank you New York City for another fantastic PlayTech Saturday!
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. Oh yeah...there's free pizza too!
MOUSE Squad students came out from all over the city, including Squads from:
- South Bronx Academy for Applied Media
- Robert F. Wagner Middle School
- Hudson High School for Learning Technologies
- J.H.S. 157 Halsey
- James Madison High School
- Manhattan Bridges High School
- High School for Language and Diplomacy
- IS 228 David A. Boody and
- High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology
PlayTech attendees got to test console games, iPad games, board games, and other multimedia projects that weren't necessarily games. We played capture the flag with ninjas, used remote controlled army robots, and surfed the ocean in virtual reality. We can't wait to see what the next version of these games will be like!
Everyone at PlayTech Saturday also got a chance to play MOUSE's very own "PlayTech: The Game" in order to win a PlayTech Saturday wrist band that also doubled as a flash drive! How cool is that?!
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. Our top 10 favorites received a special prize. At the end of the day, all MOUSE Students got a page of MOUSE stickers.
This was one of our biggest PlayTech Saturdays ever!! Thank you so much to everyone who presented and to everyone who attended! We had so much fun and can't wait to see you at the next PlayTech Saturday in the Spring!
November MicroProject Winners!
Thanks to all of you for making such amazing ThanksGIF-ing MicroProject submissions last month! Though you made it very challenging to choose winners, we were GIF-ing thanks for each and every MOUSE GIF! Last month’s MicroProject was to create an animated GIF showing us what you are thankful for.
Our Grand Prize Winner
A $60 gift card to Best Buy goes to Kristen T. from American Canyon Middle School in American Canyon, California. This project won the Grand Prize because Kristen used her artistic skills to bring her Avatar MicroProject from September to life. Kristen’s Avatar shows several things she is thankful for, and she drew a picture of each one.
Our First Runner Up
Receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module is Mousecupcake from Mountain Mouse Squad in Soquel, California. This GIF won the First Runner Up because Mousecupcake drew 87 adorable frames in meemoo to create it!
We edited Mousecupcake's GIF to take out her last name. Remember: never give out your personal information on the internet or any public place.
Our Second Runner Up
This month's Motivator shout-out goes to icecreamgirlja. Thanks for giving recognition to so many MOUSE Squad members!
If you've never awarded a Win!, try it out next month! You can give Wins! for Creativity, Inspiration or Technical Know-How. Maybe next month we'll be giving YOU a shout out. Remember that when you award a MicroProject win, you must explain why you liked it.
Voting on your submissions and awarding these prizes is one of the most difficult things we do each month. Despite that, we GIF thanks to Coordinators and students who created such awesome projects! Be sure to check out our NEXT MONTH’S PROJECT: WINTER FUNDERLAND!
It’s that time of year again! The hot chocolate is flowing, the holiday lights are glowing, and here at MOUSE HQ we’ve got games on the brain! We’ve got a special MicroProject coming up and we’re so excited about it we’re giving you two months to work on it. It’s the return of the game design MicroProject challenge!
Last year you created amazing games in Gamestar Mechanic. This year we’re opening up the contest to games created in Scratch analog games like board games or storytelling games, or any other sharable platform you can come up with!