Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



"Hirameki Tokimeki Science" - Science Enrichment Seminar for High School Students


Aug 29, 2012

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.

Mr. SHUTO, with many years of experience with repairs of electronic products, explained the history and development of electronic calculator and introduced the world's first desk-top electronic 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 NAKATA handed all of the participants a "Future Ph D." and gave a word of encouragement, "Please go on to become the torch bearer for Japan's world-renowned research and manufacturing prowess".

The results of a survey given afterwards show that the students greatly enjoyed the event and it achieved its purpose, with 100% saying it was interesting and 95% saying they gained an interest in science.

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