Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル: 2019年8月の記事

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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