Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル

July 16, 2019

Hello everyone! It has been a long time since my last entry in winter. Since then, the first school year of this new mountainside campus has ended and the second one has begun. Second year students are entering the final stretch of their time here at Hakusanroku campus and the new first year students seem to already be getting used to life here. Students have been able to join different clubs since last April and they seem to be enjoying them very much. The clubs offer a welcome break from classes and studying.

For this summer vacation, I am in charge of the second year students’ STEM-related summer homework. Students will have to choose a scientific news article related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics and write a journal including a summary about the article and their thoughts and opinions on it. They will also have to make a presentation about the article when they come back from summer vacation. Students can choose an article of their liking and get it approved by a teacher or they can also choose from a selection of articles that has been provided by science teachers. The topics include the physics of black holes, the discovery of exoplanets, the uses of carbon nanotubes, renewable sources of energy and many more! I am looking forward to reading their journals and seeing their presentations! I will be sure to update you in the next entry.

Jason de Tilly




July 13, 2019

Hi, this is Maesa again. Lucky for me I was able to find some time to give you guys an update. The last few weeks, and the next few weeks, have been busy but also very exciting. ICT has started up their Summer Camp programs, starting with a Global Summer Camp with students mainly from Thailand and a couple of Japanese students living aboard.

The project goal was to create a promotional video to help the local community attract more tourists. We had 4 teams create amazing videos with each team highlighting a topic based on their focus area. As a technical school, ICT helps introduce students to different technologies. We started with using drones indoor with picture banners of the local area to help students hone their piloting skills to take pictures from afar safely. ICT also had the students experiment with gimbals with their smartphones to help stabilize hand shot, closeup videos. With all the video clips collected, the students used Windows Movie Maker on Microsoft Surface Pros to edit and finalized their videos.

All the videos turned out well, and I cannot wait to see what the next Summer Camp group will create.

Here’s a video from one of the Global Summer Camp groups.

Maesa Poolschup


このプロジェクトの目標は国際高専周辺の地域に観光客を呼び寄せるプロモーションビデオの制作でした。4つのチームがそれぞれ決めたテーマについて素晴らしいビデオを作ってくれました。ICTが高専であるおかげで生徒たちに様々な機材を提供することができました。ドローンの操縦訓練として、安全に距離を保って撮影飛行できるよう周辺地域の写真のバナーを使って屋内で練習をしました。また、ジンバルを使ってスマホの動画撮影の手振れを抑える体験もしました。動画を撮影したあとはマイクロソフトSurface ProでWindowsムービーメーカーを使って編集を行いました。




July 12, 2019

My journal entry for this year would have to be about the running that has been going on in campus. Both in the class and in the mornings. 3 laps. 2km. once a week at the start of class and 3 times before school not obligatory. As rewarding as it has been for the whole class to get better from consistency; the real joy for me has been getting outside in the mornings.

A lot of my personal life has become either inside a room or car, or near a screen. So to have a regular habit of bursting outside; the best being on a beautiful spring morning with flowers blooming and the sun, warm yet not hot, yelling at the world for how huge and exciting the world is – to large droplets of rain dousing me right down to the skin; thudding footsteps of water-logged shoes, and no company from the students. I still enjoy those wet 2kms though; there is truth to the saying ‘you can be cold, wet, and miserable, or just cold and wet’. It’s all in the mind.

The mornings run give me a good time to take the 2km at my own pace and have a small chat with Ian while I run, or encourage the students/others who join. At the end I always feel much better than when I started, and because it’s not that long, the run adds more energy to my day than it takes.

The students who come regularly show a great deal of grit, determination, and self-motivation. I do applaud the other students who choose to sleep, when they have stayed up so late. Yet I think that their situation would be far improved if they were able to get a good amount of sleep and come to running in the mornings.

It is my hope that the morning runs will become a habit, then tradition. I have hopes that maybe even a yearly race could happen. Encouraging the students to take their health into their own hands and away from the screens and chairs so often.

As for Ian, myself, and anyone who has joined; there is a joy of seizing the day together, and it has brightened up my spring by no small amount.

Philip Cadzow








July 4, 2019 祝!高専プロコン予選突破!






伊藤 周

Hello. It's Ito, deputy coach of the Design & Fabrication club. Today I would like to announce that ICT has qualified for the National Kosen Programming Contest! The National Kosen Programming Contest (Kosen Procon) is a program in which Kosen schools (technical collages) participate and compete using information and communication technology. The contest is divided into three sections: the challenge section, free section, and competitive section. Each section is judged based on its individual theme. This year, two teams from the Hakusanroku campus Design & Fabrication club entered the challenge section and competitive section. The challenge section's theme is the same as last year: "regional revitalization using information and communication technology." In the competitive section, teams will compete at an original game called "Dance, dance, and twirl" similar to the territory capturing board game Igo. To participate in the national competition in October at Miyakonojo College, we first had to pass the document elimination stage. The challenge section is especially difficult because there are over 60 entries every year with only 20 seats available. Despite this, ICT was able to advance to the nationals in both sections!

The challenge section team consists of five students, Honmaru (S2), Inoue (S1), Shioya (S1), Sugi (S1), and Tanaka (S1) and the competitive team consists of the three students, Katsumata (S2), Aoki (S2), and Miyama (S2). At first I was worried that our challenge section team, which is mostly made up of first-year students, would struggle to compete against other teams that commonly consist of older students. However, they have put a lot of effort into the preparation and exceeded my expectations with their results. There were some days spent creating documents until 11 pm and I was sometime afraid we would not finish on time, but thankfully their efforts were came through. I express my congratulations to them. However, the true battle is yet to come. The team's next goal is to focus once more and finish the final product until the competition. Good luck!

My role, is to provide students an opportunity to try their hardest at something while they are students here. Whether that be academics, sports, or a hobby, I believe challenging yourself to the limit helps you understand your limits and find room for expanding them. The Kosen Procon or National Kosen Robocon tournaments are good examples. You can try your hardest and still lose. However, it's the experience of trying your hardest that is most important. It's also an opportunity for students to see the high level work of other Kosen schools.

Lastly, I would like to thank Ise sensei, the head coach of the Design & Fabrication club, and Fujisawa sensei and Tamura sensei of Kanazawa campus for providing us with advice for the documents and staying after hours to support the students.

Kosen Procon Website:

Ito Meguru

July 2, 2019

“Technology increases at an exponential rate” was, at first, a phrase used to describe the accelerating improvement of computer transistor technology in the 20th century. However, it has come to be a theme for many different technologies in the Digital Age. From horse driven carriages to self-driving cars or from room-sized computers to smartphones that fit in a pocket, simple useful technologies quickly grow into amazing inventions that surpass even the wildest of dreams. These technological marvels can only be made possible through the hard work of scientists, engineers, and innovators with creativity and imagination.

At ICT, the students develop their creativity and imagination by experimenting with some of the innovative devices that school has to offer. Students are challenged to create unique designs and contraptions in their classes, and are able to meet those challenges by utilizing the 3D printers, laser cutters, and the other devices that the school provides.

The newest tool for the students to utilize are small-but-powerful drones, capable of being easily controlled through a smartphone app and able to record both photo and video. The participants of one of ICT’s summer programs had a great time learning about drone technology and exploring their countless possibilities, but it’s not all fun and games! Soon, the 2nd year Computer Skills students will be faced with the daunting task of programming the drones to automatically perform search-and-rescue missions. Hopefully the students can use their knowledge and imagination to tackle this problem and grow as future global innovators.

Ryan J. Vicencio





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