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UPDATE: PlayTech Saturday 11/22 Registration Open!

If you love games and gaming, register for PlayTech Saturday on November 22nd!

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 9.32.07 AM.png Parsons the New School for Design hosts PlayTech Saturday twice a year, and it's always amazing! This year the first one will take place on November 22nd.

At PlayTech, you will:

  • Play brand-new video games, board games, card games, and more!
  • Talk to the game designers who made these games--they want to hear what YOU have to say about their games and how to make them better!
  • Learn more about studying game design and careers in game design!
  • Eat free pizza!!!

  • Click here to register!!

    WHEN: Saturday, November 22nd from 1-3pm
    WHERE: Parsons - 6 E. 16th Street, 12th floor in Manhattan.
    WHAT ELSE? FREE PIZZA will be served at 1pm, and MOUSE will provide roundtrip MetroCards for all MOUSE Squad students who attend.
    QUESTIONS? Contact Alex at

    REGISTER HERE Click here to reserve your space. Everyone is welcome to attend so bring your sisters, brothers, and friends! COORDINATORS: We assume that any student coming with you has turned in a signed permission slip.

    SIGN UP here!

    Fall Team Training is November 15th!

    Start the year off right! Sign up for Fall Team Training!

    Yes that's right, it's time for Fall Team Training! We're back...and this time with brand new activities & workshops!

    Fall Team Training will be held on November 15th, 2014 at the Hudson High School of Learning Technologies! In this full-day training for NYC MOUSE Squads, coordinators and Squad members engage in 4 hands-on workshops. This time we're offering our classic Hardware and Leadership workshops as well as two NEW workshops in Webmaker and Garage Robotics!

    Want to know more? Check this out:


    WHEN: Saturday, November 15th: 9 AM - 4:15 PM

    WHERE: Hudson High School of Learning Technologies
    351 W 18th St (at 9th Ave.)
    New York, NY 10011

    TO DO: Every student who attends should have handed in a permission form to their MOUSE Squad Coordinator.

    Lunch, snacks, and two-fare Metrocards will be provided for all attendees.

    More About Team Training:

    Our MOUSE Squad Team Trainings start students and coordinators with the basics. Together, whole squads learn how systems work, how people work together effectively to overcome challenges, see projects through to completion, and innovate with creative solutions that capitalize on the passion and knowledge of the group. This year we are presenting two NEW WORKSHOPS, so don't miss out!

    At Team Training, Students will:

    • Practice key leadership skills through exciting team challenges!
    • Learn how the internet works and how to make on the web!
    • Gain the fundamental knowledge needed to identify, assemble, and replace key hardware, and learn how it works by first breaking it apart!
    • Play with circuits and build basic electronics!
    • Have fun!


    Team Training is the best introduction to MOUSE Squad a student could hope for! We can't wait to see you there.

    Register here!

    Please register by Wednesday, November 5th!
    Note that all workshops are conducted in English, please let us know if your squads have language needs though we will not be able to provide translation.

    September Microproject Winners!

    In September we asked you to create a flashy flyer to put up in your school! We hope that your flyers brought in tons of new MOUSE Squad members and you are on your way to a stellar MOUSE Squad of the Year submission. We loved all the fun mascots and logos on these flyers. It's great to see MOUSE Squads across the country doing so many amazing things!

    Our Grand Prize

    Earning the MicroProject Winner Badge and a $60 gift card to Best Buy for their squad is harpreet209 from Cougar Squad in California. We liked harpreet209's clear but interesting design, and their use of the wizard image to represent the Cougar Squad's "Tech Wizards." We liked quite a few of the projects from Cougar Squad but harpreet209's had info on where the squad meets, what new squad members will learn and a great crisp design. The picture of the flyer hanging up in the school hallway tipped the scales for the big win! Congratulations harpreet209 and all of the Cougar Squad members!


    Check out harpreet209's flyer!

    Our First Runner Up

    Our first runner up receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module is Ben N 722 from the current MOUSE Squad of the Year Halsey JHS in New York. Ben N 722 included lots of information and was still able to make a great poster using an interesting background and fun colors. We can't wait for Halsey's new squad members to "explore the awesomeness within!"


    Check out Ben N 722's flyer!

    Our Second Runner Up

    Also receiving a Papertronics Lunar Module is ThomasIan from Crooms Academy in Florida. We liked Thomaslan's funny images and confidence that the Crooms MOUSE Squad can fix your problems and "do it all."


    Check out ThomasIan's project!

    Honorable Mentions

    We would like to give an honorable mention to Sharks Squad from Marina West Elementary School in California. There made quite a few great posters from Shark Squad!

    Check out a couple that we liked!

    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 rajwinderlms for giving an awesome technical 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 rajwinderlms!

    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: Hackin' n' Stackin.