Tokyo Tech News
Suzukake Science Day 2019, Tokyo Tech's traditional open-day event formerly known as Suzukake Festival, attracted a record 3,979 visitors Tokyo Tech's Suzukakedai Campus on May 11 and 12.
As in previous years, labs opened their doors to introduce their cutting-edge research and share the wonders of science and technology with curious members of the public. This year, over 50 labs covering a broad array of fields — advanced materials, energy, architecture, mechatronics, biomedicine, information science — participated. Students and faculty members explained their work in a simple, clear manner, and were challenged with some tough questions from middle and high school students. Feedback from the visitors, particularly regarding presentation by lab members, was excellent.
Students and staff held classes and workshops for the public throughout the day. Members of the Tokyo Tech Alumni Association held Kurarika, a science class for elementary and middle school students, while the student club Science Techno taught youngsters how to create polarized kaleidoscopes. Tokyo Tech's Bio Creative Staff, a student club established mainly by students of the School of Life Science and Technology, led experiments on pigment separation.
Platanus, Tokyo Tech's piano ensemble club, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology Orchestra provided musical entertainment, while Jug Tech, the Tokyo Tech juggling club, entertained and engaged guests. Student-run food and drink tents ensured that visitors remained refreshed throughout the warm day.
Due to popular demand, members of Joshibi University of Art and Design were again on campus to hold their trademark event, Joshibi Picnic, which was divided into two parts — Gallery Talk and Body Art. During Gallery Talk, artists displaying their works at the Peripatos Gallery spoke to audiences about the motivation behind their work. During Body Art, visitors were "tattooed" with body paint by Joshibi artists.
Despite its name change, Suzukake Science Day was a smashing success and once again set a new record for visitors. Tokyo Tech continues with efforts to make its education and research activities more accessible and easy to understand for visitors of all ages.
See you next year at Suzukake Science Day!