Shimadzu Hands-On Analysis School
The Shimadzu Hands-On Analysis School was set up from our desire to provide elementary, junior and high school students with opportunities to become interested in science. Launched in Japan in 2007, the school allows children to experience performing simple experiments and making things, in addition to experience operating our analytical instruments. It has been held more than 200 times and with over 5,000 participants in total.
We currently hold three courses: (1) a spectrometry course (spectrophotometer) (2) a chromatography course (high-performance liquid chromatograph) (3) a brain function measurement course (NIRS: Near-Infrared Spectroscopy brain function imaging device).
Outside Japan, the school has been held in the US at Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc. (SSI), Germany at Shimadzu Europa GmbH (SEG), Singapore at Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd. (SAP), Malaysia at Shimadzu Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (SML), and China at Shimadzu (China) Co., Ltd. (SSL).
Photos of the school in various countries
(1) Spectrometry course (spectrophotometer)
Students use a spectrophotometer to analyze differences in the color of familiar beverages. After learning about the basics of light and color that they need to know when using a spectrophotometer, each student makes a spectrometer and observes various types of light. This lets them have a firm understanding of the spectrum that is the principle of the spectrophotometer.
The course is aimed at elementary school upper grade students to high school students.
Experiencing the three primary colors of light
Making a spectrometer
The completed spectrometer
Observing the light transmitted through a liquid (*1)
Analysis using an instrument (*2)
(2) Chromatography course (high-performance liquid chromatograph)
Students use high-performance liquid chromatograph and analyze the amount of caffeine in familiar beverages.
They experience the principles of high-performance liquid chromatography through experiments using a column chromatograph.
The course is aimed at high school students.
Color separation using a column chromatograph
Students use a precision balance
Hands-on experience of an analyzer
(3) Brain function measurement course (NIRS: Near-Infrared Spectroscopy brain function imaging device*)
Students use a device that visualizes brain activity with near-infrared light and observe changes in the frontal lobes that governs thinking.
By observing the blood vessel of the hand using surveillance camera, students can experience the action of near infrared light, and understand the principle that underlies the device.
The course is aimed at high school students.
* An instrument for visualizing brain activity using near-infrared light and which is used in the rehabilitation field.
Observing blood vessel in the hand using camera
Checking changes in brain blood flow
Examining frontal lobe activity
Science School Group, General Administration Department, Shimadzu Corporation
Participating in Scientific Technology Exhibits and Supporting
Shimadzu is involved in many activities to stimulate children's interest in science, by for example participating in various science-related exhibitions and events designed for kids, and by conducting classes on science experiments using Shimadzu analytical instruments and balances.
Hands-On Class About the Principles of Light
We offer hands-on classes where participants can learn about light by building their own monochromator and observing the differences in wavelength of various light, such as at the Youngster's Science Festival held in Kyoto each year in the fall.
Workshop Lesson Teaches Importance of Making Things
As part of the Kyoto Monodzukuri (making things) promotion activities, sponsored by the Kyoto City Board of Education, Shimadzu alumni provided elementary kids from Kyoto City with a hands-on lesson about investigating the strength of paper rods created by the kids.
Cooperation with the Koshien of Science
Shimadzu Corporation and Shimadzu RIKA Corporation participate in a "Koshien* of Science" event that is sponsored by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) for junior high and high school students and offer the SHIMADZU Prize to the winning team. * Koshien refers to the very popular annual Japanese national high school baseball tournament.
Outstanding Researchers Awarded Shimadzu Award and R&D Grant
The Shimadzu Science Foundation promotes scientific technology in Japan through a variety of assistance activities, such as by awarding the Shimadzu Award to deserving individuals conducting basic research of scientific technology, mainly involving scientific measurement or related fields, or R&D grants to young researchers.
Shimadzu Cup Awarded for Outstanding Research in China
Once every two years, a Shimadzu Cup Research Paper contest is held to help develop young researchers and promote scientific technology, where the researcher that presents the best paper is awarded the prize. The contest is judged by prominent scholars and researchers involved in cutting-edge fields of pharmaceutical analysis in China, who also have an opportunity for technical interaction.
Shimadzu Foundation Memorial Hall
The Shimadzu Foundation Memorial Hall was recently remodeled to show what the building looked like when Shimadzu was founded, which was awarded the encouragement prize of the 2011 Display Industry Award.
The hall exhibits various physics and chemistry instruments, medical X-ray systems, industrial equipment, and other products manufactured and sold since Shimadzu was founded in 1875. It also features historical documents and resource materials. By helping visitors experience what it was like for our founders and predecessors, it is our hope that the hall will be beneficial to those researching the history of science or education in Japan and will help develop an interest in science in young people, who represent our future.
To foster deeper ties with the local regional community, every year the hall is opened to the public free of charge for the Science and Technology Week (April), Takase River Boat Festival (September), and Kansai Culture Day (November).
Exterior of the Foundation Memorial Hall
Takase River Boat Festival
Activities to Help Natural Disaster Victims
Collecting Donations for Kumamoto Earthquake Victims
The Shimadzu Group collected donations to help victims of the Kumamoto Earthquake that occurred in April 2016.
We donated a combined 14 million yen collected from Group companies and individual employees to the Japanese Red Cross Society and other organizations.
Activities to Help Typhoon Victims in the Philippines
On November 8, 2013, super typhoon Haiyan (also referred to as typhoon No. 30 or Yolanda) directly hit the central area of the Philippines, centered over Leyte Island, where over 7000 people have died or are missing.
Therefore, the employees of Shimadzu Philippines Corporation (SPC), which is located near the capital city of Manila, in northern Philippines, and the employees of Shimadzu Philippines Manufacturing Inc. (SPM), located in Cavite, about 30 km south of the capital, have been going once or twice weekly since November 26 to volunteer at the evacuation centers on the outskirts of Manila, Makati, and Pasay, where they have been helping to sort and distribute emergency relief provisions.
In addition, a total of over 10 million yen was provided by the Shimadzu Group to the Philippine Red Cross, including 5 million yen donated from Shimadzu Corporation, donations from Group companies, and donations collected from employees
Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Support Measures
As part of our measures by the Shimadzu Labor Union to help the disaster recovery, the union periodically sells products produced in the disaster area. By sponsoring the program, Shimadzu Group employees are expanding the community of people helping to purchase the products.
Regional Contribution Activities Throughout the World
Shimadzu engages in activities that contribute to society based on the specific issues and needs of each regional community.
We promote interactions with regional communities by participating in a variety of employee-led volunteer activities.
Shimadzu Manufacturing Asia Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia)
Employees helped distribute food to the homeless.
Twenty employees distributed food and blankets for 50 people, prepared using donations from employees, in the Seremban district, where the plant is located.
Shimadzu Philippines Manufacturing Inc.
Employees held a Christmas party for children from Children's Joy Foundation Inc., which helps with the lives and education of children. They interacted with the children by giving presents, offering entertainment, playing games, and so on.
Contributing to Society Through Tennis
In an effort to contribute through sports to the "Well-being of both Mankind and the Earth," Shimadzu has focused particularly on promoting tennis. Shimadzu tennis team members work to actively promote tennis in Japan by teaching various types of tennis classes, and by supporting tennis tournaments held all over Japan.
Junior Tennis Classes
Shimadzu tennis team athletes give junior tennis classes every year for elementary through high school students. This program is held 25 times until 2016. This program is held to teach local participants the fun of playing tennis through technical instruction by world ranked Shimadzu athletes and interaction with them.
Special Support for the Shimadzu All Japan Indoor Tennis Championships
Each year in March, Shimadzu is a special sponsor of the Shimadzu All Japan Indoor Tennis Championships in Kyoto. Next to the All Japan Tennis Championships, this is the largest tournament sponsored by the Japan Tennis Association. It attracts many top professional tennis players from Japan and around the world, and results in many furiously fought matches.
the Shimadzu All Japan Indoor Tennis Championships
Supporting the United Nations University Project
We have supported the United Nations University's environmental management project since 1996. In addition to loaning analytical instruments, we support the organization of symposia and training workshops. Shimadzu's specialized technology and know-how in the environmental analysis field is being utilized in the project, and we are supporting the research and investigations conducted by the member countries.