Aug 3, 2010
Thirty-six high school students from Oita Prefecture took part in the "Hirameki Tokimeki Science -Welcome to the University Lab" held at APU on Saturday, July 17, 2010.
Held jointly by APU and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the "Hirameki Tokimeki Science" program aims to nurture intellectual creativity in the young minds of the future and also present research achieved through Grant-in-aid funds from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Now in its fourth year, this seminar is lead by APM Professor NAKATA Yukihiko. Through the cooperation of the former Sharp Oita Technology Center Director Mr. SHUTO Yoshihisa, an interactive and informative lecture was held under the theme of "Japanese Technology and International Management - From the Birth of LCD Calculators to the International management of liquid-crystal TVs".
Professor NAKATA's lecture focused on "the structure of LCD" and "LCD manufacturing". During the lecture, participants disassembled a laptop computer and observed the structure of the LCD inside. APU students also participated as teaching assistants (TA) and held group discussions and presentations under the theme of "What is needed for creative technology/product research and development?"
Mr. SHUTO, with many years of experience with LCD repairs etc, explained the history and development of LCDs and introduced the world's first desk-top electronic calculation devise (calculator) on display at the British Museum.
The seminar proved to be a great opportunity for the high school students to get a glimpse into the workings of a laptop computer and the world's first calculator, satisfy their intellectual curiosity and develop their creativity.
At the conclusion of the event, Professor handed all of the participants a "Ph D. of the Future" and gave a word of encouragement, "Please go on to become the torch bearer for Japan's world-renowned research and manufacturing prowess".