Who We Are: Mouse is a national youth development nonprofit that believes in technology as a force for good. We’re committed to helping schools and educators empower their students to realize their full potential—and the potential of technology—to solve real world problems and make meaningful change. Mouse supports you with the curricula and resources necessary to successfully run a technology program that works within your school setting, aligns with Com- mon Core and NGSS, while offering project-based learning. We offer opportunities for students to learn from experts in the field (speaker series) (field trips)
Does your school or agency have:
- 5 – 30 students interested in learning about technology, problem solving and teamwork?
- Computers or mobile devices with Internet access?
- An instructor interested in teaching about technology, problem solving and teamwork?
- An administrator supportive of students assisting teachers with their technology needs?
- Funding – see below for ideas
The core elements of the program include:
Online Curriculum and Resources
- 120 hour online curriculum supporting new California State Standards
- MOUSE blogs and other collaboration tools
- Certification with specializations in robotics, web design, gaming and green technology
- Curriculum planning and management
- Monthly micro project contests
- Hands-on trainings for instructor and site team
- Unlimited virtual support and up to two in-person site visits per year
- Spring educators summit for participating California sites
- Tech Speaker Series with professionals from Bay Area companies for in-person and virtual presentations
What We Offer:
- Elementary schools (4th – 5th). For our youngest students, Mouse offers an introduction to digital literacy, computational and design thinking, as well as exposure to careers and technology through project-based, inquiry learning. Students can learn about hardware, operating systems, and software. Given the amount of technology used in the classroom and SBAC testing, students are taught how to use and care for that equipment (and software).
- Middle schools (6th – 8th) provide opportunities for students to explore careers and technology use to a greater extent; with an emphasis on youth-led activities, leadership development and STEM mastery. This age group delves deeper into design thinking and problem-solving. Here a program may focus on one or two careers such as Robotics, Help Desk, Gaming or Web Design. Many sites provide opportunities for students to work on real projects that help their school or community.
- High schools (9th – 12th) are preparing students for specific careers (internships or jobs). MOUSE curriculum can help students with little or no background in STEM learning bridge the gap to academic curriculum. MOUSE curriculum includes activities on workplace skills which are not found in some academic curriculum
How to fund Mouse at your school:
The cost to start a Mouse at your school or community site is $2,500 per year. This includes training and support, access to the curriculum, field trip and speaker opportunities. There are many funding sources that can help support MOUSE at your school. Some of these include:
- Parcel Tax for technology
- Site allocations for STEM or Tech curriculum • Supplemental concentration funds
- Local business grant
- Rotary Clubs
- LCAP and LCFF Funding
- General Fund/After school program grant
- District tech Funding
- Small Student fees
- SIP funding