Thirty-nine high school students and one junior high school student from Oita Prefecture took part in the "Hirameki Tokimeki Science -Welcome to the University Lab" held at APU on Saturday, July 21, 2012. The students, who are interested in both arts and science, came from Oita Maizuru High School – a designated “Super Science High School” - and Iwata Secondary School’s APU Course.
Held jointly by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, APU, and the Asia Pacific Innovation Management Center (AP-IMAC), 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 sixth 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, practical work and discussion were 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 "Inside of LCD" and "Japanese manufacturing from LCD viewpoint". During the lecture, participants disassembled a laptop computer and observed the structure of the LCD inside. APU domestic and international students also participated as teaching assistants (TA) and held group discussions and presentations.