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Thanks-GIF-ing Winners!

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.

Check out her project here!

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.

Check out her project here!

Our Second Runner Up

Also receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module is Xoxo White Deer from FRS Mouse Squad in Daly City, California who told a touching story of friendship with the use of anime images and her own words.

Check out her submission here.

Motivator shout-out
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!

New Microproject: 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!

Click here to get started!

Thanks for a Great Team Training, NYC!

Fall MOUSE Squad Team Training Wrap-Up

On Saturday, November 16th, 13 MOUSE Squads came to Fall Team Training at Manhattan’s Hudson High School of Learning Technologies. With 87 students present, this was one of our biggest and best Team Trainings ever!

We started off the day with a Social Scavenger Hunt before the opening ceremonies. As squads arrived at the event, they were broken up into 4 different teams: Green Godzillas, Orange Orcas, Pink Panthers and Yellow Yaks. For the first time, Coordinators had their own special group too: the Cobalt Coordinators! Everyone worked on challenges with members of other squads including creating a secret handshake and drawing Squad mascots. Once they completed every challenge, students got a Team Training button to training2.jpg

The Opening Ceremonies began with the Great MOUSEmallow Skyscraper Challenge! Students and coordinators set out to build the tallest freestanding tower they could out of marshmallows and sticks on top of an upside down bucket.

After this exciting kick-off, students rotated through four different workshops (with a lunch break in between). At these workshops Squads learned about using and CaseTracker, computer hardware basics, understanding and designing school computer networks, and leadership skills.

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At the end of the day, students, coordinators and MOUSE staff gathered together to close out Team Training with a raffle drawing and shout-outs to the most memorable people and moments of the day. The Super Techs from MS 328 won the raffle, receiving a $100 gift certificate to Best Buy to buy something cool for their squad!

We had so much fun at Team Training and were thrilled by the enthusiasm of all of our students and coordinators.

We want to give a special shout-out to Hudson High School for hosting us again and to members of MOUSE Corps for being awesome facilitators on this important day.