Winners for 2019 DIY Mouse Microproject Competition
Whether you are reading this during your summer vacation or you are just returning to school, we hope your break leaves you refreshed and ready to tackle a new school year! Each year, we end our list of monthly challenges with a final call for students to make a tutorial on something you’ve already learned so that others can learn from your experiences. We’ve often heard it said that great students make great teachers, and your submissions confirmed just how true that saying can be! Each of you submitted helpful guides on topics such as how to diagnose issues in faulty hardware, manipulate image files and so much more. To everyone who took the time to reflect on the skills they’ve learned and share that knowledge with us, thank you for your fantastic submissions!
Our Grand Prize Winner, taking home a $100 Adafruit E Gift Card, is DIY Project (Colors) by students at Eastview Senior High in Apple Valley, Minnesota! This project presents a helpful guide to learning the color wheel in the form of a Scratch game that’s easy to use and lots of fun. We enjoyed the many features coded into this project, including a helpful color wheel cheatsheet, working scorekeeper, and an interactive canvas that you can access either at the end of the quiz or by clicking the blue button at the top of the interface. Excellent work, EVHSJackK and the rest of your team at Eastview!
See this project on Scratch: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/309148708
1st Runner Up
Our 1st Runner Up is this Pixlr Photo Editor Guide made by EatATacoPlease, jaminlitfam, and TudeTen from McPherson Magnet School in Orange, California! This guide very carefully and thoroughly shows you all the details behind using the Pixlr Photo Editor web application to create, modify, and crop your images. We loved the slideshow format of this guide as it made for easier reading, and each of the dozens of tools available on Pixlr gets its own individual slide that explains where to find it and exactly what it does. Awesome job, EatATacoPlease, jaminlitfam, and TudeTen!
Take a look at the full project: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1XhbosPq193ZECLLp2uvAquUHuQ23SiujA9RwQ5a8bLM/edit?usp=sharing
2nd Runner Up
Our 2nd Runner Up is How to make a computer recognize objects by d4nk m3mes from Rogers Middle School in Long Beach, California! Of the many guides we received, this one takes top prize in being both impressively humorous and informative! Following this tutorial will lead you through the step-by-step process of setting up the required hardware and software to run a sophisticated artificial intelligence framework that is capable of recognizing objects through sight alone! If you are at all interested in giving A.I. a try and seeing what this burgeoning tech can do, we highly recommend this well researched and finely crafted guide. Excellent job, d4nk m3mes!
Take a look at the full project: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1IH4oGeY1SOlTivNJ_ZyrGHt88YHOWliiUv0rXLV9dLQ/edit?usp=sharing
Our honorable mentions go out this month to:
- How to make an animation by littleundertalegirl impressed us with its artistic prowess.
- How to Use LiveATC.Net by chicago90278 stood out in its subject matter and great video editing.
Our Grand Prize winner will receive a $100 Adafruit Gift Certificate for their school, and our 1st and 2nd Runners up will each win a $50 Gift Certificate.
As tough as it may be to say goodbye to another relaxing summer, we’ll be happy to start off a new school year with a list of monthly challenges for you all to explore! The 2019-2020 Microproject Competition year will soon start with 9 unique contests to flex your creative skills. Check The Wire in early September for news on the first of this year’s challenges!