My name is Jake Futterman. I am a sophomore in high school. Last summer, I traveled to Gode village, in rural Ethiopia on a ground-breaking mission to teach the first-ever Robotics Summer Camp that I developed in partnership with Ethiopia Health Aid.
Our Success Thus Far
The students of Gode School exceeded all expectations in completing a complicated and challenging mission. They are now are eager to continue advancing their knowledge in robotics. Since then we developed an After School program to deepen the students’ knowledge and understanding of the concepts to keep their skills and knowledge up. By following the workbooks I have created especially for them, these top performing students will explore and solidify their skills in robot building and programming with LEGO Mindstorms.
What's New this Summer?
We are returning to Gode School this July to work with our Advanced Team and to introduce Robotics to a new batch of students!
Gode School does not have the resources to provide the technology and teaching materials that the students need. Many of the students are much older than the typical middle-schoolers because they often have to postpone their schooling to help their families survive. Girls have an even tougher time. In my class, only 1 in 8 students is female.
These students barely have access to running water, or basic necessities. For many, it was their first time to even touch a computer, much less build a robot. But they have the determination and passion to learn; and the tenacity to tackle the most challenging concepts. These bright and talented students need our help to further develop their skills and realize their potential.
Our first summer program was a success The after school program was the next step in creating a sustainable, year-round program that can be a model for other rural schools. This summer brings more innovations as my team return to teach another class, in which we will incorporate some of the veterans from last year with some new students. In time, the program will expand to a point where the kids from Gode are able to compete locally, nationally, and perhaps, even globally.
Your generous gift will allow us to purchase more robotics kits, work books, school supplies and school lunches for the local rural students who attend this year's Summer Camp. Let's help these promising students pursue their future plans of becoming doctors, scientists, teachers, and engineers.
Thank you for giving them a better shot at a brighter future!