RTF Shares Thanks: Dashes and Wonders in Kansas!

Posted on December 29, 2018 · Posted in News, Uncategorized

The Rural Technology Fund are proud partners with Code.org and we’re super excited to hear about Mrs. Moerlien’s project to pair robotics along with Code.org curriculum. Mrs. Moerlien puts it best of course:

I am so excited to use Dash and the accessories to bring coding to life in my classroom. Makey Makey is perfect for the classroom. Students can invent projects that combine the tactile materials of the classroom with the coding projects they’re creating on the computer to bring their creations to life.

With the Makey Makey, students will be able to make any conductive material act as the input device for a computer. Because it comes preprogrammed, students with no coding experience can use it and learn to experiment with it as they start to learn coding.

Mrs. Moerlien describes her 16 elementary school students as “creative, clever and very spontaneous.” STEAM education couldn’t be better suited for such a wonderful group of kids. Combining the Dash robot and tactile circuits that students build with the Makey Makey really brings to life the power of technology and coding for students. You can just see all of the different fun experiments they’ve been conducting!

Mrs. Moerlien shares her thanks:

Thank you so much for your generosity! Your donation will help change the lives of my students! It is hard to put into words how grateful I am for your donation to my project. I am committed to providing students with a relevant curriculum that develops lifelong skills, and it is inspiring to see so many others that share my vision for education. The tools that you have funded will enable my students to engage in problem solving deeply connected to their communities and their lives! We are so excited to use Dash and the accessories to bring coding to life. Makey Makey has been perfect for our classroom. Students can invent projects that combine the tactile materials of the classroom with the coding projects they’re creating on the computer to bring their creations to life. How exciting – thanks to you!


With gratitude,
Mrs. Moerlien

These projects are helping students learn subjects such as coding and engineering, but also communication and collaboration. In today’s ever evolving world, combining collaborative and technological skills is crucial. These students are well on their way to being scientists, engineers and entrpreneurs!

Love for Makey Makey and Dash!

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We’re thrilled to have made an impact on the community of Fredonia, KS and its students!  Check out our blog, twitter and facebook pages for other editions of #RTFSharesThanks!


We’re trying to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural communities by helping introduce students to technology jobs and end generational poverty. Interested in making an impact in your community? E-mail us or consider donating to our general fund or contributing to our patreon.