2016 summer outreach programs
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With schools on summer break, Tokyo Tech will be holding a variety of events for elementary, middle school, and high school students in August. These include the annual Open Campus and numerous hands-on science classes run by faculty members. Come and experience Tokyo Tech in the summer of 2016!
Please note that advance registration for some programs may already have closed. Events are primarily in Japanese and simultaneous interpretation is not available.
Time machine-less travel to the past: Visualization of classical and modern Japanese
Language changes with time. The meaning of a word today is often not what it was in the past. Time machines and audio recordings of classical Japanese do not exist, but it is possible to decipher how words were used in sentences long ago. Associate Professor Hilofumi Yamamoto takes middle school students to the world of classical Japanese language using visualization methods.
The art of DNA origami
DNA, the blueprint of life contained in cells, can now be used to fabricate nanoscale robots, in a process called DNA origami. High school students will be given a hands-on learning experience by Professor Akihiko Konagaya on DNA origami design methods, DNA hybridization, and observation methods using the atomic force microscope.
Viewing a smiley created by DNA origami through an atomic force microscope
Setting a probe (sharp tip) used in an atomic force microscope
Computer vision, human vision, your vision
Creating machines which recognize the external environment and are both safe and user-friendly requires knowledge of computer vision and brain science (human vision). Using 3D scenography of a huge aurora, this science class illustrates to high school students the principle of height measurement on the basis of stereoscopic vision, and shows the mechanism of how human beings recognize the external environment through head movements. Associate Professor Takako Yoshida will also explain the significance of vision labs in an engineering school.
Class and workshop in 2015
Open Campus is an opportunity for prospective students to visit Tokyo Tech's Ookayama Campus and experience its atmosphere firsthand. At open classes, lectures, and labs, Tokyo Tech faculty members and current students explain the appeal of the Institute. Briefing sessions on the new education system implemented in April 2016 will provide information about studying at Tokyo Tech.
Observing the mechanism to repair damaged DNA
Assoc. Prof. Yoshihisa Matsumoto
DNA molecules carry genetic information necessary for living organisms. DNA is constantly damaged by various factors, but living organisms have the capacity to repair this damage. Associate Professor Yoshihisa Matsumoto conducts research on how cells repair damage, specifically breaks in DNA. Together with high school students, he will observe the mechanism of how cells identify a break and repair DNA.
Play with the Earth 2016 — Examine the mystery of minerals and learn about our planet
Play with the Earth is a laboratory class held every year and designed for children in the upper elementary grades. This year, Associate Professor Yoichiro Ueno provides children with an opportunity to touch the history and mystery of the Earth by guiding them through three hands-on learning experiences:
- Observing minerals chiseled into gem shapes
- Hunting for Bolivian fossils hidden in gravel
- Experimenting with and classifying minerals by specific gravities using a heavy liquid
Play with the Earth 2015
View all August 2016 events in Japanese here and events in English here.
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Published: July, 2016