The St. Paul Pioneer Press News-Business Section Features MECC's Recent Memorabilia Donations To The Strong Museum Of Play In Rochester, New York


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Pioneer PressSpecial thanks from RE@L to our local newspaper, The St. Paul Pioneer Press, for their recent news article on the donation of MECC memorabilia to The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY.


The Strong Museum recently honored the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) by inducting their flagship software product, Oregon Trail™, into their video-gaming Hall of Fame.


Several former MECC employees were instrumental in donating various MECC software products, posters, and promotional materials, all of which captured MECC’s leadership among K12 software publishers during the last two-plus decades of the 20th century.



We are grateful to Pioneer Press technology reporter, Julio Ojeda-Zapata for his fine article, “Oregon Trail Makers Donate Historical Game Memorabilia.” You can read his report by clicking on the link to the left. 

The article also includes a brief review of key MECC products, along with several of the fascinating MECC posters from that era.


RE@L is continuing and improving the exemplary K12 software MECC brought to classrooms, kids and teachers around the world.


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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, was his visionary response to educational reform needed in K-12 schools. Saturn was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom served as an experienced high school mathematics teacher, a school administrator at Saturn School and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. Tom is also a member of the RE@L Team ----- Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L, Inc and one of the founders of MECC, Inc - the Minnesota company that brought “Oregon Trail” and more than a hundred products to millions of K12 students across the world. His work in building new paths for MECC’s “consumer” market” was instrumental in the start of an Industry in K12 EdTECH: including school-markets, students, teachers and parents. RE@L Inc continues to serve K12 as a LearningProduct "launching pad" for schools, online learning and the rapidly growing STEM market as a whole.