Every year, Mouse California engages in a comprehensive evaluation process. Below are the summarized results from the 2014-2015 school year. Nearly 1,000 youth participated in the survey and 90 Mouse Coordinators.
Who do we serve?
- MOUSE operated in 131 schools/sites during the 2014-2015 school year with 3,095 active students and 320 active faculty members.
- MOUSE estimates that 97,831 students and 4,653 staff are served indirectly by MOUSE throughout California.
- MOUSE serves a diverse population of youth in terms of gender (40% are female), grades (38% are in elementary school, 51% are in middle school, and 11% are in high school) and ethnicity (45% identify as Latino/a, 21% as white, 16% as Asian or South Asian, and 11% as black or African American).
Who Teaches Mouse?
- MOUSE coordinators are primarily teachers (41%)
- Technology teachers (15%)
- Technology support staff members (11%)
- Afterschool coordinators (14%).
When are Mouse Programs Held?
MOUSE meets in school, during regular school hours and after-school
- 52% meetings are during school hours.
- 41% meet after school or during their lunch hour (13%).
- MOUSE meets for three hours or more each week. Nearly half of the Mouse_California groups (46%) meet for three hours or more per week, while approximately a quarter meet for one to two hours a week (27%) or less than one hour a week (22%).
Why do youth join Mouse?
- An interest in and a desire to be a part of something fun and the games;
- to learn about, explore, and be inspired by maker technology and computers;
- a drive to help- out, fix technology problems and teach others about technology,
- and a look to the future are the most compelling reasons youth join MOUSE.
What are youth learning in Mouse?
- 85% show improvement in overall technology skills
- 83% of youth improve work and organizational skills overall
- 81% improvement show improvement in Pro-social behavior
- 76% improvement improve in future aspirations
Summary of Technology Skills Outcomes
Most Mouse_California members (79%) indicated that their overall technology skills had improved (some or a lot). Coordinators agreed; eighty-four percent (84%) indicated that MOUSE members had improved their overall technology skills (some and a lot) as a result of their participation in the MOUSE program. In addition, MOUSE members reported the greatest improvements using a computer (84%), in using technology creatively (82%), teaching technology to others (77%), and identifying types of computer networks and their individual parts (73%).
Summary of Pro-Social Developmental Outcomes
MOUSE members described the program as teaching them how to work better with others and providing a sense of belonging to something special. Participants reported being able to make better decisions because of their participation in MOUSE (85%), feel accepted by their friends (85%), like to work with others to solve problems and innovate (85%), and having the capacity to accomplish a great deal (84%). MOUSE members also reported thinking more positively about their future as a result of their participation in the program (83%).
Summary of Work and Organizational Skills Outcome
MOUSE members and coordinators reported that the program had improved participant’s ability to communicate effectively with others and to take on leadership roles. Consequently, MOUSE members report seeing improvements in being able to think creatively (89%), to work in teams (88%), to take on more responsibilities (87%), as well as considering other people’s ideas and input when trying to solve problems (85%).
Summary of Future Aspirations Outcomes
Mouse_California members and coordinators felt the program had increased participant’s sense of future aspirations including being motivated to think about having a career (81%), to set life goals (77%), and to think about going to college (77%). MOUSE members in high school see themselves graduating from high school (97%) and attending college (74%); and more than half believe that MOUSE has helped them prepare for college (66%).