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New students join Ookayama campus quiz tour

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Published: October 27, 2020

It was a long wait due to the effects of COVID-19, but the new students who joined Tokyo Tech in academic year 2020 were finally given a taste of campus life at the end of September. To welcome first-year students and help them familiarize themselves with Ookayama Campus, the Institute's Student Learning Support Section organized a campus quiz tour from September 24 to 30. Of the 1,143 new students who underwent on-campus medical checkups during this period, approximately 500 also joined the quiz tour.

1st-year students after completing campus quiz tour

1st-year students after completing campus quiz tour

The objective of the tour was to introduce first-year students to key locations on campus through a quick 15-minute tour while testing them with some fun Tokyo Tech-related questions. After completing their checkups, students found the start of the tour at a tent in front of the Health Support Center. They were then asked to visit five on-campus checkpoints — the Library, First Cafeteria, Student Services Department, Collaboration Center for Design and Manufacturing (CODAMA), and Taki Plaza — and answer a question at each checkpoint. All those who completed the tour received original Tokyo Tech goods and a lecture room map created by TAs at the Student Learning Support Section.

Quiz tour questions

Quiz tour questions:

1.
What is the nickname of the Library?
2.
What is the nickname of the First Cafeteria?
3.
Where is Kotaro the swallow mascot, at the Student Division or the Student Support Division?
4.
What color is the propeller of the human-powered aircraft at CODAMA?
5.
How many floors make up Taki Plaza?

Souvenir and Ookayama Campus map
Souvenir and Ookayama Campus map

Map of lecture rooms for 1st-year students
Map of lecture rooms for 1st-year students

Start & Goal: Health Support Center

Poster inviting new students to join
Poster inviting new students to join

The start and goal of the quiz tour was at a tent set up in front of the Health Support Center, where a poster designed by 4th-year Mechanical Engineering student Kaito Kanda invited new students to join in the fun.

Checkpoint 1: Tokyo Tech Library

Participant in front of cheesecake
Participant in front of "cheesecake"

Checkpoint 2: First Cafeteria

Traditionally, older students at extracurricular clubs organize a grand welcome for new students at Tokyo Tech. This was not possible during COVID-19, so instead, they made all new student welcome events and extracurricular club activities available online. Pamphlets regarding these activities were also accessible at the First Cafeteria.

Extracurricular club pamphlets at First Cafeteria
Extracurricular club pamphlets at First Cafeteria

Checkpoint 3: Student Division & Student Support Division

Due to social distancing, many students participated alone in the quiz tour.

Student Support Division - a crucial part of any new student's Tokyo Tech journey
Student Support Division — a crucial part of any new student's Tokyo Tech journey

Participants leaving Student Services Department and heading towards CODAMA
Participants leaving Student Division and heading towards CODAMA

Checkpoint 4: Collaboration Center for Design and Manufacturing (CODAMA)

The Collaboration Center for Design and Manufacturing (CODAMA), one of Tokyo Tech's makerspaces, also welcomed new students with posters and pamphlets regarding extracurricular clubs.

Welcome posters at CODAMA
Welcome posters at CODAMA

Checkpoint 5: Taki Plaza

The final pit stop on the tour was Hisao & Hiroko Taki Plaza, the new student exchange hub that will be completed by late 2020 on Ookayama Campus.

Taki Plaza nearing completion
Taki Plaza nearing completion

Special team to support new students during COVID-19 era

The Ookayama Campus quiz tour was planned and conducted by the Student Support Center's Student Learning Support Section, a critical part of a special team put together specifically to support new bachelor-program students during the COVID-19 era. This team — made of some 30 faculty and staff members — aims to ensure that first-year students, many of whom completed the first six months of their Tokyo Tech life without stepping foot on campus, stay focused, positive, and motivated in their studies despite the unusual circumstances. Between April and mid-July 2020, the team responded to over 2,600 emails sent in by first-year students.

Contact

Student Learning Support Section, Student Support Center

Email concierge.info@jim.titech.ac.jp
Tel +81-3-5734-2760

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