Yoel Sumitro Travels to Beijing with the World Lab Institute

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Students at the World Lab Institute in front of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China. From left: Computer Science & Engineering student King Xia, Art student Randy Huynh, HCDE alumna Alexis Hope, HCDE student Yoel Sumitro, and Cornish College Visual Communication Design student Nancy Taing.

Students at the World Lab Institute in front of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China. From left: Computer Science & Engineering student King Xia, Art student Randy Huynh, HCDE alumna Alexis Hope, HCDE student Yoel Sumitro, and Cornish College Visual Communication Design student Nancy Taing.

Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) student Yoel Sumitro and HCDE alumna Alexis Hope are two of nine University of Washington (UW) students who participated in the World Lab Institute this summer. The World Lab is a joint research and educational endeavor between Tsinghua University and the University of Washington that produces innovative solutions to many of the urgent problems the planet faces. In this cross-cultural institute, Sumitro, Hope, and two Tsinghua University students were on the same team that worked on a project called "Hero."

By combining teacher-created extracurricular challenges with in-class motivational tools, Hero helps parents become more involved in their child's education while engaging students in their own learning. Teachers use Hero to track student progress and create challenges for parents and students to complete together.

At the end of this seven-week program, the Hero project was shown to the public in presentations and a poster session on August 24 in Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering at the UW. This presentation was also followed by presentations in Beijing on September 14–15. Sumitro received funding from HCDE to attend the presentations. The presentations were held at Tsinghua University and Yuanfen~Flow, an incubator space in the 798 Art District. There, the Hero team presented their work to an audience of academics, government officials, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists.

Below is a video about the Hero project: