Hands-on Science Program Held at Manchester Japanese School!
Students observing lights with a handmade spectroscope
On 25th February, UK-based Shimadzu Group Companies, Kratos Analytical Ltd. (hereafter Kratos) and Shimadzu Research Laboratory (Europe) Ltd. (hereafter SRL), jointly held a science school at Manchester Japanese School. The school provides support courses for Japanese students who usually take a class in English at a local school. 28 students aged 10 to 15 participated in the event and enjoyed learning science and technology.
Details of Hands-on Program
Observing lights from tablet
The event is part of the activities of the Northwest England Japanese Companies Association to which both Kratos and SRL belong. Japanese secondees at Kratos and SRL appeared as instructors to give an overview of Shimadzu Corporation and how it contributes to society with science and technology. After the lecture session, students built a papercraft spectroscope in the shape of Satellite Hisaki, a Japanese spectroscopic planet observatory, and tried to observe light of lighting and natural light. They also had a workshop to share their ideas on how to contribute to society through analytical science.
8 Japanese secondees joined as instructors.
Comment from Students
Thank you for lecturing at our school. It was interesting to make a paper spectrometer and observe rainbow lights!
Thank you for your lecture. I brought my paper spectrometer to my younger brother, and he also enjoyed observing lights! I am studying science hard and planning to go university for studying medical studies. It was fascinating to experience to have a chance to meet science in this way.
I did not know spectrometers before. I noticed that the rainbow which I observe through a paper spectrometer is totally different from the light which I see with my own eyes. I enjoyed discussing with my classmates what kind of machines we want to have in the future.
Comment from the Person in Charge of SRL
Mr. Horiike gave a lecture.
Fostering human resources for research and development is one of the most important issues in developed countries, and based on this idea, STEM education is widely spread in the UK. In response to a lecture request from Manchester Japanese School, we introduced how Shimadzu contributes to society through science and technology. I was glad that the students worked on it with their eyes shining.
I heard that there were no crafting classes in schools in England, so the hands-on workshop was a refreshing experience for students. (*Japanese elementary school students have crafting and art classes 1~2 hours a week). After the papercraft workshop, they had time to work on inventing ideas like being an inventor. They presented a variety of novel ideas, ranging from topics related to human health, such as early detection of diseases, to planetary resource exploration employed with astronomical observations.