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Congratulations FontsGiving Winners!

In November we asked you to create your own unique font to help express your personality. We loved all the different fonts, from simple block designs to wacky handwritten words and crazy designs that barely look like letters! What's so cool about this project is that many of these fonts are full fonts you can download and install on your computer and use in all your documents and presentations!

Our Grand Prize

Earning the MicroProject Winner Badge and a $60 gift card to Best Buy for their squad is AlexisM from BSM2 MouseSquad in California.

We loved Star Times because it is an incredibly unique font with each letter covered in stars. AlexisM loves stars and wanted to include them in this font, that's why it's called Star Times. Thanks AlexisM for including an explanation of your font' s name written in the actual font There were so many other incredible fonts from BSMS MouseSquad that we loved and wish we could recognize all of them, but there only could be one winner so we picked Star Times.

Congratulations AlexisM and all of the BSM2 MouseSquad members!

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Check out AlexisM's font!

Our First Runner Up

Our first runner up receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module is HunDuh from LB Mustang MOUSE Squad in California. Wetworx SC is an awesome font as well. Each letter is made out of little dot.The text looks kinda like water! We were super impressed and can't wait to try it out!

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Check out HunDuh's font!

Our Second Runner Up

Also receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module is KevinC621 from reigning MOUSE Squad of the Year Halsey's MOUSE Squad in New York. This font is incredibly well fleshed out, zany and cool! Not only did KevinC621 do a great job making the font interesting, but also its actually a full font with both upper case and lower case letters and numbers!

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Check out KevinC621 project!

Honorable Mentions

We would like to give an honorable mention to GMadrigal from ACMSquad 2014-2015 from American Canyon Middle School in California. GMadrigal left a really awesome message in his font for us to see:

Shout out for Wins!

It's not too late to give out Wins to your favorite MicroProject entries! Give wins for creativity, technical know-how or inspiration. Click here to check out all the school designs that were submitted! This month we'd like to shout out POMmalox7 for giving an awesome creativity win!

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When you see someone make a cool MicroProject submission, let them know what they did a great job by giving them a win! Thanks for giving such a great win POMmalox7!

Thank you to Coordinators and students who participated and submitted such awesome projects! We are looking forward to seeing many more of them in the future. Be sure to check out our next project: Appy Holidays.

Thanks for an Awesome PlayTech Saturday!

On Saturday 11/22 over a hundred young people, their parents and teachers all convened at Parsons The New School for Design to test out new games and have fun at at PlayTech Saturday!


PlayTech gives MOUSE Squad members the chance to test out the latest games and projects being designed by graduate students in Parsons' Design and Technology program. Some of these games are almost finished and some are just the seeds of an idea. The feedback from MOUSE Squad members helps shape the future of these games. Oh yeah...and there's free pizza too!

Squads came from:

  • PS 89 Cypress Hills
  • JHS 157 Halsey
  • Urban Assembly Maker Academy
  • Landmark High School
  • Hudson High School of Learning Teechnologies
  • Dreamyard Preparatory School
  • Bronx International

After our pizza and soda, we played games for tablets, games for computers, board games, games involving robotics, TWO games with an Oculus Rift, games with Little Bits and more!

MOUSE ran a game that asked participants to get to know the designers at PlayTech Saturday better and also to give them feedback on their games. There are three levels to beat before wining a PlayTech Sasturday USB bracelet. This PlayTech we gave out over 100 prizes!

The last challenge of the MOUSE game asked players to come up with an idea for their own original game. Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

  • “My game would have the player be a crocodile battling enemy sharks for a lake, but since the player crocodile is a pacifist he must negotiate ogres to fight his battles for him. #kickstart”
  • “The game name would be President Simulator. You’re a President and you do everything that a President does for 4 (in game) years. Like: Make laws, try not to start wars and take phone calls.”
  • “Transportation: A board game where you have to travel around the island of Manhattan using different modes of transportation. You have to arrive at different locations and collect different items to win. 2+ players”

15871186705_c0fcb599a6_z.jpgMissed PlayTech but wish you were there? Don't worry, there will be another one in the Spring. Stay tuned to the Wire to find out when!

Holiday MicroProject: App-y Holidays!

Hi there MOUSE Squad! This month, we've got an awesome challenge for you! This Holiday MicroProject challenge is to come up with an idea for the smartphone app of your dreams.

Smartphone applications, or "apps," are mini-programs that can be downloaded to internet-enabled cell phones (like iPhones and Androids). For this project, you don’t have to produce a working app, we just want to know what your idea is, what it would do and what it might look like.

Click here to get started!