Now on Mouse Create: New Courses in Sewable Tech and Digital Portfolios
Welcome back! To help get your year off to a great start, we’ve released some exciting new content on Mouse Create. We think our new courses, refreshed educator supports, and new web tools can help you expand digital learning at your sites in exciting new ways.
Here’s what’s new on Mouse Create:
Sewable Tech Course:
Sewable Tech is a 9-project, hands-on alternative to traditional circuitry and electronics learning. In this course, students will learn basic electronic engineering concepts by embedding circuitry directly into fabric-- creating soft circuits, fabric switches and wearable sensors. The course culminates in a final project that has learners sew and program mini microcontrollers to help them set and achieve goals.
Why are we excited about Sewable Tech?
Sewable Tech has amazing potential to engage youth of diverse backgrounds in engineering concepts- including those who don’t identify as “tech-savvy.” Sewable circuitry has been shown to improve STEM learning outcomes and participation among all learner populations, and especially young women. We can’t wait to see what it will do for Mouse’s learners!
What new features come with Sewable Tech?
Besides introducing new projects, Sewable Tech also features some brand new teaching and learning supports:
We’re introducing in this course (and adding to more courses over the year) a printable Sewable Tech Resource Guide that allows educators and learners to easily refer back to techniques and vocabulary they may have learned in earlier projects.
We’ve also begun adding Facilitator Notes throughout steps (not just at the end) and if you take a look at the Project Background of each activity--located at the bottom of each project’s list of steps-- you’ll notice that we’ve added several new sections. We think the addition of these features will make the facilitation of Mouse projects much easier for teachers and learners alike.