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!
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 keep.
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 mousesquad.org and CaseTracker, computer hardware basics, understanding and designing school computer networks, and leadership skills.
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.
What is GreenTECH?
- 3 levels of HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES great for individuals or teams
- a BADGE that members of MOUSE Programs can earn on mousesquad.org to demonstrate just how guru they are about the technology of energy
- a WEB APP to help users visualize carbon footprint data and reduce their impact
- VIDEOS that profile engineers and designers who work with energy
GreenTECH is the latest Specialist Certification for members of the MOUSE program network. Individuals or full squads can earn the GreenTECH Badge, an amazing opportunity to kickstart “greening” efforts for your site’s technology, or for students and coordinators looking for fun ways to blend technology with environmental science. Whether you’re interesting in fixing, making, or just like to play, we all have a part in thinking about the future of power.
Three levels of GreenTECH projects and activities cover:
- Energy & Where it Comes From - learn how fossil fuels turn into electricity, make your own generator, and more
- Going Green - hack basic electronics to run on solar, learn about renewables, and begin your own energy audit by metering your technology and experimenting with the GreenTECH Lab
- Planning for Action - turn action into activism and create a GreenTECH carbon reduction program for your school or site **great for collaboration with science classes**
GreenTECH Specialist activities are hands-on and will require a few fun materials that you may not have on hand. From watt meters to white vinegar, find links to assemble your own GreenTECH Kit from the Gear page on mousesquad.org.
Want a taste?
- Preview GreenTECH videos that profile real engineers and other professionals who power our present and future
- Sample an activity: Battery Builder
- Take a spin through GreenTECH Lab and see how to Login & Add Rooms, Add Devices & Data, and Experiment & Share with the app
- See the GreenTECH Badge on Captain Student’s profile page.
GreenTECH is in Beta and will continue to undergo upgrades and edits until fall of the 2014 School Year. Formal pilot schools have been arranged through MOUSE’s grant from the National Science Foundation, but we encourage our early adopters to dig in and enjoy! As always, your feedback is critical to our process, so please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, comments, or big ideas as you go.