The Dash network has funded a program to conduct STEM education to elementary school children, including paying teachers in Dash.

Dubbed Bit-By-Bit, the project seeks to educate children in elementary school children in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), in order to increase the numbers of students pursuing a career in those fields. Additionally, in order to build awareness for Dash and grow the local Dash economy, mentors will be paid in Dash directly. The proposal passed 736 Yes/144 No/35 Abstain and was funded.

The program will help both educate children and build the Dash economy

According to the proposal, the Bit-By-Bit foundation aims to provide an additional source of STEM education for children from as early as possible up through university age:

“The vision of the Bit-By-Bit foundation is to bring together communities for the purpose of providing extracurricular STEM activities in the community in a meaningful way which begins at the earliest grade levels and continues through high school. By establishing a presence within the community and within the school system, we can establish a strong network of students who are willing to mentor younger students on a wide range of topics, which augment and enhance the ongoing STEM programs in public schools.”

The program will consist of three main initiatives: Mentorship, Building Futures, and Dash Awareness. The Mentorship program involves providing STEM instruction to students, including all necessary materials, while Building Futures provides equipment and resources to schools and students who may be unable to afford them. Dash Awareness, as the name suggests, builds knowledge and skills on using Dash.

Promoting Dash on university campuses

Domanchuck initially drew the attention of the Dash community for promoting Dash on his university’s campus. Later, along with his collaborator Jacob Hemmerich, the two successfully crowdfunded a trip to the Dash conference in London at the end of last month. While there, the pair participated in a series of interviews to promote the then-upcoming Bit-By-Bit-proposal.

Since returning, Domanchuck and Hemmerich have continued their efforts to promote Dash on campuses across the country, including considering an initiative to place a Dash ATM on every single university campus in the United States.