Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル: 2019年7月の記事

July 29, 2019 ICT Global Summer Camp

Hello, it's Jonathan, the camera man. Today I would like to give my report on the ICT Global Summer Camp. From July 21-24, six Thai students and 21 Japanese students gathered at Hakusanroku campus for a four day workshop. This Global Summer Camp is actually the collaboration of two separate groups: the International summer camp of Thai students and the summer workshop of Japanese students from JOES (Japan Overseas Educational Services.) The 27 participants, which mostly consisted of middle school students, used design thinking to study the history and wildlife of the local Hakusanroku area and design a new attraction for tourists. Students learned how to use drones, laser cutters, and video editing to document and create a presentation of the various places and activities they experienced during the program.

The six Thai students arrived a couple of days before the program. On July 20 (SAT) we took a trip to Kanazawa. First, we visited President Lewis Barksdale at the ICT Kanazawa campus. Then, we took a tour of the facilities of Kanazawa Institute of Technology's (KIT) Library Center and Yume Kobo. At KIT's library, we viewed the special assortment of rare books written by historical scientists and the PMC (Popular Music Collection), a collection of 250,000 music records. In the afternoon we moved to Kanazawa city to do some sightseeing at Higashi-chaya-gai (east tea house district), Kanazawa castle, Kenrokuen garden, and the 21st century museum. The Thai students took a gold leaf crafting course at Sakuda Gold Leaf Crafts and experienced many forms of Japanese culture for the first time.

The Global Summer Camp officially began with the arrival of the JOES students on Sunday. The next day, we departed from ICT to explore the wildlife of Hakusanroku. After viewing the Fukube waterfall on the Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road, we moved to the Chugu Nature Preservation Center to listened to the lecture of Mr. Shinichi Hiramatsu, an expert of the wildlife of Mt. Hakusan. Mr. Hiramatsu explained about the four seasons and animals of Mt. Hakusan and showed a assortment of living reptiles and insects. Chugu Nature Preservation Center has many displays including bears, serows, monkeys, and the rare Golden Eagle. Students took pictures and videos to use later in their presentation. Next, we moved to the Jyatani river near the preservation center to test our drone flying skills. Students learned how to control drones on the previous evening, and practiced flying and video recording the beautiful scenery.

For the presentations, students worked in six groups. Each group designed a new attraction for the Hakusanroku area and created a poster presentation to suggest to Hakusan city. They also created a prototype souvenir using laser cutting, and a video to introduce what they learned and experienced during the program. Students worked hard throughout the program and the presentations took place on the morning of the final day. Parents, teachers, and members of the community gathered at Hakusanroku campus to watch their presentations, which you can view in the videos below. Afterwards, there was a poster session where viewers could walk around and ask questions to each group about their propositions and souvenirs. Finally, we held a closing and graduation ceremony. Satoshi Minami, promotional director of Hakusan city commented that he was surprised how thoroughly the students has researched the many aspects of Hakusanroku and that their insights were innovative and will be considered as a method to revitalize the area. Toji Makita spoke on behalf of the participating students saying that he truly appreciated the staff for providing this wonderful opportunity for them all. Students enjoyed one last lunch together at the cafeteria before departing from ICT.

This was my second time assisting the JOES summer program (you can read last year's article here) and I am happy with this year's results. Each group was remarkably organized and well prepared for their presentations. There were no last minute scrabbling or working after-hours. Each member of every group simply did a great job. I have a suspicion that this was partially due to how the facilitators assigned one Thai students to each group. The JOES students have lived abroad and are fluent in both English and Japanese. However, having one Thai student in each group encouraged them to use English during the program. I believe this helped them focus and improve their overall performance. It also added to the experience of working in a team of divers people with different backgrounds.

There were six students who returned to take this program for the second time and I hope everyone enjoyed the program enough that I can see many of them again next year. Your experience here using design thinking and working with your team to create something has grown you as future innovators of our world. Whether we meet again or not, I wish you the best of luck!




プレゼンテーションは6つのグループで行われました。各グループは白山麓に観光客を惹きつける新しい事業をデザインし、実際に白山市に提案するためにポスターを制作しました。さらに、レーザーカッターを使ったオリジナルのお土産のプロトタイプと、プログラムで体験した内容をまとめた動画を作りました。メンバーは連日準備に取り組み、最終日24日(水)の午前中に発表が行われました。発表を見るためにたくさんの保護者、先生、地元白山市の方々が集まりました。各グループの発表は上の動画で視聴することができます。発表のあとはポスターセッションがあり、見学者が歩き回りながら自由に質問ができる時間が設けられました。最後に閉会式と卒業式が執り行われ、白山市観光文化スポーツ部観光課 宣伝係主事の南智史さんは「非常によく白山の歴史や自然について調べていて驚いた。地域活性のための貴重なアイデアがたくさんあった」とコメントしました。また、参加者代表として牧田登治さん(中2)が「この機会を用意してくださった関係者にとても感謝しています」と挨拶しました。生徒たちは昼食をカフェテリアで食べたあと、それぞれ家路へとつきました。




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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