Summer Camp and After School Program
- Offered to top ranking students in Gode Primary School
- Meet Jake Futterman, a highschool student at Harvard Westlake. In his sophomore year, Jake traveled to Gode Village in rural Ethiopia on a life-changing mission to teach the first-ever Robotics Summer Camp that he developed in partnership with Ethiopia Health Aid. To sustain the success we achieved over the summer, we launched the EHA Robotics After School Program for 12 participants.
Jake Addresses College Students at UCLA
- Met with EHA UCLA students
- Shared key learnings and experience of EHA Robotics
- Collaborates on future plans and opportunities
Lindsay Wu | Harvard Westlake Chronicle
Sophomore teaches robotics
in Ethiopian middle school
Over the course of the five-day Summer camp he created, Sophomore Jake Futterman used LEGO Mindstorms EV3 technology to introduce the basics of designing, programming and operating simple robots.
Futterman said he was inspired to share his knowledge, experience and passion for robotics after hearing from Ethiopia Health Aid that students in Gode Village were eager to learn.
Futterman said. “Like students all over the world, the students of Gode Primary School are striving to be the brightest in an expanding global marketplace.”
EHA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health care and education of communities in the underdeveloped Oromia region of Ethiopia, assisted Futterman with the logistics of the camp.
Though originally designed for a total of 16 participants, it was impossible to turn away the numerous students who begged to participate. The class topped off at 24 participants, although many more tried to sneak in or peer through the windows.
Because Gode Primary School does not have modern amenities like clean water, internet or level floors, Futterman said he had to plan accordingly and bring all course materials from home. To fund his project, Futterman also raised over $2,500 and created a web page to promote his mission.
Starting in February 2018, Futterman worked to develop the curriculum, detailed lesson plans and model robots for the camp. Futterman plans to return next summer to teach another class, which will integrate new students with those returning, he said.
During the year, Futterman’s top students will continue to hold meetings after school to maintain their skills.