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September 17, 2019 Club Day

Hello, it's Jonathan the camera man. On September 11th (Wed) and 12th (Thu), the three clubs at ICT held their special club day. Each club could choose what activity they wanted to do during these two days. The three clubs at ICT: The Nature & Adventure club, the Language & Culture club, and the Design & Fabrication club discussed what they wanted to do and here is what they decided.

Nature & Adventure club

The Nature & Adventure club went on a two-day camping trip. On Wednesday, students and teachers moved to a log cabin on the mountainside of Chugu. They setup tent, smoked fish and sausages, made a fire, and barbecued rice, vegetables, and meat. They also carved cups and chopsticks out of bamboo and made a "drum-can bath" out of a oil drum. You can see some of their reactions in the video below. The students enjoyed these experiences, many of which were for the first time. On Thursday, they moved to Senami-gawa river to try river trekking. This trip was almost canceled due to the rainy weather forecast. However, the teachers held their decision to the last minute and thankfully the weather turned in our favor.

Language & Culture club

The Language & Culture club's main focus is learning about different cultures. On Wednesday, they did T shirt dyeing at ICT. Students tied various colored T shirts with rubber bands and dipped them in color dye to create unique patterns. Some students tried removing color with whitening. It was always fascinating to watch the students unravel the T shirt and see how it turned out.

On Thursday, the group traveled to Toyama prefecture to experience Henna Tattooing. Henna Tattoo is a traditional tattoo that is not permanent. Students took time to practice before tattooing themselves and each other. Both activities were artistic and gave students a chance to express themselves.

Design & Fabrication club

The design & Fabrication club consists of multiple groups working toward different robot or programming contests. Therefore, most of their time during the club days was spent working on their project. On day two, the programming team conducted an experiment. Their device detects an approaching car and lights up to warn pedestrians and the driver. It took a lot of positioning, wiring, and many attempts, however the team was finally able to successfully make everything work. The group consisted of only first-year students and I was impressed that they reached a successful result. 

That is my report of the ICT club days.










September 12, 2019 Volunteer work at the Ultra Marathon

Hello, it's Jonathan the camera man. On, September 8th, Hakusan city held its annual Hakusan Shirakawa-go Ultra Marathon and seven students from ICT's Hakusanroku campus volunteered as staff members for the 44 km water station. The Ultra Marathon is 100 km long, so 44 km is only almost half way. However our water station near ICT was the first stop after crossing the mountain and runners happily stopped to drink, eat, or refresh themselves. We had beautiful skies, which meant is was also extremely hot. Students served cool drinks and poured water on runners, which many requested. There were more than 2000 participants in the Ultra Marathon and three from ICT: our Robocon and Engineering Design teacher Ise-sensei, our PE teacher Philip-sensei, and Honda-san from the Hakusanroku office. The students cheered on the runners and the water station ran smoothly throughout the race thanks to their hard work.


September 5, 2019 Mt. Hakusan

Hello, it's Jonathan the camera man. On September 1, we held our Mt. Hakusan climbing excursion. Originally, we planned to go in early July. However, each attempt was canceled due to bad weather. September 1 was our last chance this year, and the weather turned out perfect!

We all gathered in front of Hakusanroku campus at 5 am. Student participants were first-year students Ritsuki Tanaka, Yoshiki Hatanaka, Sora Hayashi, and second-year students Shunsuke Katsumata, Kokoro Aoki, Yuya Kida. Facilitating teachers were Taisei Ise,  Shuntaro Yamazaki, and Philip Cadzow, 10 members total including myself. Also, Yutaka Katabe sensei joined and accompanied us for our descent.

For ICT, we drove to Betto-deai, which is one of the starting points to climb Mt. Hakusan from the Ishikawa prefecture side. Mt. Hakusan is 2702 meters high and accounted as one of Japan's three most famous mountains. We began our climb at 6:10. The path from Betto-deai is primarily an assent of stone steps. The air was cool and pleasant but I could soon see sweat glistening on the necks of the students as we walked in a straight line through the forest. After several hours of climbing, the trees grew shorter and gave way to shrubs as we reached Kuroboko-Iwa. (black protruding rocks) From here, were could see the peak across a wide terrain with a wooden walkway.

We arrived at Murodou, the final stop before the climb to Gozen-ga-mine at 9:30. The mountain peak was in sight but many were tired and we still had the final slope to conqueror. Philip sensei was an exception and had enough strength to even carry Shunsuke and both their backpacks a part of the way. Students huffed and puffed as we climbed the final path. At 10:15, we had reached Gozen-ga-mine, the highest peak of Mt. Hakusan!


There are seven ponds along the top of Mt. Hakusan and walking along the path by them is an old tradition. We decided to follow this costume and began our pilgrimage. The terrain was unlike anything on ground level and there was a strange mystical feeling around. Since we were not climbing anymore and had fulfilled our goal, students had much more strength to appreciate the beautiful scenery and mountain flowers. We returned to Murodou by 12:25, ate lunch, and descended the mountain by 3 pm. Students and teachers spoke with each other on the way down. Many were tired and aching but also satisfied. My limbs still hurt from the aftermath but I am already eager to climb that mountain again. It was an experience I look forward to revisiting.

Here are some random clips I had the energy to take out my camera and tape.






August 25, 2019 インターンシップを終えて





My name is Hinata Honmaru and I am a second-year student of the Department of Science and Technology. On August 1st, I participated in a one day internship held by TeamLab. 

This internship was held at TeamLab's main office in Tokyo. When I entered the office for the first time, I was surprised at the bright and cute design of the floor, and the various decks with top boards that you can write on or have artistic designs. It was very different from my image of a office.

The main activities of the internship were lectures by the worker and workshops. The other participants were all university students or graduate students and I was nervous at first to be the only Kosen (technical collage) student. I was especially nervous when I realized my workshop group was mostly sophomore and junior year students. However, there were many things linked to classwork and extracurricular activities at ICT and I was able to participate confidently. This activity taught me how students of management, engineering, and design interact and work together in a group. Actually, at TeamLab three groups of specialists: catalyst, technology, and creative work together as a team on every product. I believe I can use this knowledge in my Kosen Robocon team. Our team is divided into the software team, hardware team, and management. Each team works individually to create the final product. I am good at creating presentations and paperwork so I do the management. I cannot do the programming and circuit making that the software and hardware team are doing. We are working together everyday to finish our project and I am grateful for the first-year students of the software and hardware team. We could not have come this far without them. I relearned the importance of collaborating and using what we are good at.

There was much to learn from this internship. I will always be grateful for my family and teachers who let me participate in this program. I hope to utilize what I learned and experienced in my life at ICT.

August 21, 2019 ICT Summer School

Hello, it's Jonathan the camera man. I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. During August 8 (Thu) - 10 (Sat), we held our annual Summer School at Hakusanroku campus. The ICT Summer School is a three day program in which junior high school students come to ICT and experience our school. They stay in the dormitories and eat meals at the cafeteria just like ICT students. Also, the teachers organized a program to experience ICT's engineering education. The 35 participants were divided into six groups with two to three ICT student advisers. Their mission was to design a new experience that will draw tourist to the Hakusanroku area. During the three days they must create three things: a souvenir prototype, a video, and a poster presentation introducing their idea.

Day 1

On the first day, the 35 participants gathered at Hakusanroku campus. After lunch we started with self-introductions and an orientation activity. Each group was given a paper with pictures of locations inside the campus. A secret envelope with stickers inside was hidden at each location and gathering all stickers would reveal a riddle for the groups to solve. We also took a trip to the Michi-no-eki Sena across from ICT. Sena acts as a rest stop for tourist and sells local goods and souvenirs. Participants used this time to inspecting the souvenirs on sale and gather information about the Hakusanroku area from traveling brochures. This information was used to decide the focus for their project later.

In the evening, Maesa-sensei taught the students how to fly drones. These drones would be used to gather video footage of Hakusanroku's beautiful nature at the river on the following day. After learning how to control the drones, each group went outside to take turns practicing. The drones are controlled using a tablet controller and can preform several programmed movements such as flying or landing on you hand. Students were excited to fly the drones and you can see them in the video below. 

Day 2

Day two was the only full day of the program, and a packed one as well. After breakfast we departed for Chugu Nature Conservation Center where students learned about the Nature of Mt. Hakusan by watching a video about the four season, listening to a lecture by local nature specialist Shinichi Hiramatsu, viewing the displays within the conservation center, and taking a short hike into the forest. Next, we moved to a nearby river to enjoy the cool water and take videos with the drones. 

After returning to ICT, participants broke up into two group to work on their video editing and souvenir prototypes. Maesa-sensei explained how to edit videos using Windows Movie Maker while KK-sensei took charge of the rapid prototyping of the souvenirs. Students brainstormed and designed ideas until they decided on one, which they brought to KK-sensei. Prototypes of their ideas were then created in the maker studio using machines such as the laser cutter. After dinner, we returned to finally work on the presentations and posters. ICT student advisers helped the participants generate and organize their ideas using design thinking. Many groups worked late into the night to complete their poster, video, and presentation.

Day 3

The presentations took place on the morning of the third day. Each group introduced their video, idea, and souvenir in English. You can view their presentations in the videos below. Later, there was a poster session where teachers and parents could view the posters and ask questions. Finally, we held our closing ceremony. President Lewis Barksdale congratulated each student and presented them with a certificate for their fine work. Students had lunch together one last time before departing from ICT.

The 35 participants worked hard and the ICT student advisers also learned a lot from taking on the role of teaching them these three days. I am looking forward to seeing our participants in the near future.








国際高専へ戻ったあとはビデオ編集とオリジナルのお土産のデザインに取り掛かりました。メイサ先生がWindows Movie Makerを使った動画編集を教え、KK先生がお土産のプロトタイプ制作を指導しました。各グループはブレインストーミングなどを使ってデザインしたいアイデアを選出し、KK先生に提出しました。これらのアイデアのプロトタイプはメーカースタジオにあるレーザーカッターなどの機械を使用して作られました。夕食後はいよいよプレゼンテーションとポスター制作が始まりました。学生アドバイザーはデザインシンキングの手法などの指導を行い、アイデアをまとめる手助けをしました。各グループは熱心に取り組み、活動は夜遅くまで続きました。





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