Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Mouse California?

Mouse California is a youth development nonprofit that empowers students to harness the strength of technology to solve real world problems and make meaningful change. Mouse offers a curricula and resources rich in activities and projects to help you successfully run a technology program within your setting, whether that is a school or a community-based organization.

Is Mouse California an identified course or a club-type format?

Mouse can be an elective, or part of an existing course, a club, or part of an after-school program.

Who should facilitate Mouse California at my site?

Sites identify a Coordinator/Instructor to facilitate and sometimes a second. S/he does not have to be a credentialed teacher. Some Mouse sites have computer lab instructors, school IT coordinators, librarians, or after school instructors facilitate the program.

What type of support do you offer?

Mouse provides a variety of training and support options including classroom training, workshops, on site mini trainings, and virtual trainings and support.

How does the MOUSE interact with the District IT Department?

Each IT Department has different requirements for their equipment.  Mouse California encourages discussions and collaboration with site and district IT to further the range of possibilities. Some sites have Mouse members work side by side in shadowing or assisting IT personnel; others have IT speakers sharing tips, techniques and tours around the site’s technology need; while some just stay in contact so IT knows what Mouse students are doing.

What is the Mouse California certification?

Mouse certification serves as a foundation for A+, Microsoft, and other professional certifications. There are also specialized certifications in Robotics, Gaming and Green Tech.

What are the hardware, software, and network requirements?

Mouse California curriculum is web based and requires an internet connection and can be accessed with any device such as: iPads, Android tablets, Chromebooks, Netbooks and Windows/OS X/Linux computers.

What is the cost for the Mouse California subscription?

Details of the subscription costs and what is included in the subscription can be found on the Our Program page, under Overview. Sources for funding are also listed.

Is there a multi-school/site discount?

When sites join as a consortium, there is often a quantity discount. Please use the contact us form for more information.

Do I/we have to complete the entire curriculum?

Mouse California curriculum is very flexible.  Multiple“Roadmaps” are provided that each have a particular focus and list of recommended activities.  The Mouse Coordinator decides what focus(s) is chosen and what “Roadmap(s)” to follow. 

How long does it take to go through the curriculum?

There are over 100 hours of possible activities to choose from.  The Mouse Coordinator chooses how many activities and how in depth to explore. 

Does the curriculum include programming?

Students learn about mobile apps and the basic principles of a programming language including HTML, Javascript, Scratch and Python. In Garage Robotics, students learn how to write code for the Arduino Microcontroller – which is an open-source hardware and software prototyping platform. 

Does student training include a component on ethics?

Yes! Ethics are imbedded throughout the Mouse curriculum. There is also a Code of Conduct that students can sign.

Does the curriculum count toward A-G requirements?

Mouse curriculum would have to be incorporated into an approved course to meet these requirements. 

What other sites are part of Mouse California?

To see the list of Mouse California sites, go to the Our Squads page. Mouse California is part of a national network of youth technology leaders.