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Congratulations Beat Blizzard Winners!

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For December and January, we asked you to get creative and make your own song to add to the music of the holiday season. We heard a host of interesting songs. Some were upbeat and energetic while others were thoughtful and melodic, and they all got us into the holiday spirit. Thank you to everyone who submitted a song!

Our Grand Prize

Earning the MicroProject Winner Badge and a $60 gift card to Best Buy for their squad is AJLA TechWizards Project(Evan) by encalhoun from AJLA Tech Wizards in Chicago, Illinois. We really loved how creative and different this song felt, it ebbs and flows even though it's a short song, bursting with energy by the time it's done. Congratulations to encalhoun and AJLA Tech Wizards!

Check out "AJLA TechWizards Project(Evan)" here.

Our First Runner Up

Our first runner up, receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module for their squad is My Soundation Song by amarm724 from Halsey's Mouse Squad in Rego Park, New York. Amarm724 sought out to make a relaxing yet cheerful beat for this project and the sounds they chose were right on target with that theme. They experimented with the reverb and distortion tools in a way that really adds to the song and showed great attention to detail. This song feels perfect at a cozy fireside or on a breezy beach. Awesome work amarm724 and Halsey's Mouse Squad!

Our Second Runner Up

Our second Runner Up (also receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module) is the squad at The Armory Foundation in New York. We received 10 amazing submissions from this creative squad! There's so much that we enjoyed in these songs. DJ Harlem presents:$peak-Ez- and DJ D2M really sound like music ready for the radio and show a willingness to experiment and try new things to get the best sound. NATHALYS SONG :B also takes risks and the change of tempo and style towards the end make the song surprising and enjoyable.Thanks for submitting so many great projects The Armory Foundation!

Honorable Mentions

There were so many great projects this month we wish we had more prizes to give away! We would like to share these honorable mentions:

Shout out for Wins!

It's never too late to award Wins to your favorite MicroProject entries! Give wins for creativity, technical know-how or inspiration. This month we'd like to shout out MatchaCat for giving a great creativity win. MatchaCat we think you are a Winner with a capital W!

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When you see someone make a cool MicroProject submission, let them know that they did a great job by giving them a win! You can always go back and give wins to old projects.

Thank you to Coordinators and students who participated and submitted so many awesome avatars! Next month is time to sharpen your coding skills by modifying a homework excuse generator! Code in the Blanks!.

New MicroProject: Code In the Blanks

Code in the Blanks MicroProject
This month we’re going to make playing with code just as easy as filling in the blanks! Introducing the Homework Excuse Generator, a simple excuse-making machine you can remix. Click a button and it creates a random reason for why your homework is missing. It uses javascript to randomly match words from lists to create an excuse. But why stop there? Using very little coding, you can make this project into a generator that can randomly fill in the blanks for anything you can think of.

Click here to get started

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