Summer Science Event 2019 at Tonomachi Town Campus
August 20, 2019
On Thursday, August 1, the King SKYFRONT Summer Science Event 2019, which is now in its seventh year, was held at King SKYFRONT, the science and technology innovation hub near Haneda Airport where many corporations and research institutions, including the Keio University Tonomachi Town Campus, are gathered at a single location. This is an event aimed at elementary school students which allows them to get a taste of the joys of science, and at which the corporations and research institutions associated with King SKYFRONT exhibit at around 40 booths incorporating science experiments and craft and construction classes to showcase their various unique features.
Tonomachi Town Campus hosted three booths: "The Junior Doctor Marshmallow Tower Experience!"; "Understanding Programming by Game Design"; and "Let’s Make Our Own Rods and Catch Fish!" This year, the advanced course "JST Junior Doctor Cram School" led the way as a platform for interim research presentations by the participating junior high school students. This was followed by "The Junior Doctor Marshmallow Tower Experience!" for elementary school students and their guardians, who were each assigned roles such as moderator. The participating children could be seen getting to grips with the games by trial and error and intently listening to the presentations by the junior doctors.
Despite the intense heat, around 2,500 people participated, a similar number to the overall attendance last year, to create a lively event.
*JST Junior Doctor Cram School: This is a program for which Keio was selected that is implemented by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). It involves support for initiatives to discover enthusiastic and talented elementary and junior high school students through science, mathematics, and information studies, as well as the development and implementation of integrated educational proposals to further their abilities toward the fostering of outstanding human resources who will lead innovation in science and technology. The university has implemented the program since the 2018 academic year.