Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル: 2019年9月の記事

September 27, 2019 Ishikawa Zoo

On September 18, the first-year students visited Ishikawa Zoo as part of their Engineering Design project for the second semester. The Engineering Design class is where students use design thinking and various engineering methods they learned to create innovation. This semester's theme is biomimicry. Each group will find ideas from the animals and use them in their project. I will make sure to keep you updated on their projects.

Many students brought camera's and some of their photos were quite well taken. Here are some of the photos they provided. Enjoy!



September 26, 2019 試食会の準備状況








伊勢 大成

September 26, 2019 白嶺小中学校での英語の絵本の読み聞かせ

今日は。英語科の大原です。9月24日(火)午前8時15分から約15分間、英語科の先生2名、イアン先生とエド先生が白嶺小中学校の生徒さん達に、英語の絵本の読み聞かせを行いました。エド先生は下級生約20名にRyan Higgins著”We don’t eat your classmates”を紹介しました。恐竜の子供が人間の学校でどのように友達を作っていくかというお話で、恐竜が子供たちを飲み込んだり吐き出したりするところを表情豊かに読み、生徒さん達は興味深く聞き入っていました。

イアン先生は上級生たちで、残念ながら4年生が課外活動のため不在だったので約10名にNosy Crow著”Open Very Carefully”を紹介しました。物語の冒頭が”The Ugly Duckling(みにくいあひるの子)”と同じように始まり、そのあひるがナレーターを務めます。読者参加型の双方向で楽しめる絵本ということで、イアン先生は生徒さん2人にナレーターのあひる役と主役のワニの役になってもらい、読み聞かせ開始前に少し彼らと練習をして始めました。ワニ役の生徒さんには雰囲気を出してもらうために、ワニのマスクと緑のシャツを着てもらいました。他の生徒さん達を追いかけるシーンでは皆さん大きな声をあげて走り回っていました。




Hello. It's Ohara from the English department. On September 24 (Tue), Ian sensei and Ed sensei went to Hakurei Elementary and Junior High School to read English books to the students for about fifteen minutes in the morning before classes. Ed sensei read the book "We don't eat your class mates" by Ryan Higgins to twenty younger students. It's a story about a young dinosaur who goes to an elementary school for humans. Ed sensei read the scenes where the dinosaur swallows and spits out the human children with great expressions and the Hakurei students listened intently.

Ian sensei read the book "Open Very Carefully" by Nosy Crow to ten older students. (Sadly, the fourth graders were away for fieldwork.) The story begins similarly to "The Ugly Duckling" and the duckling serves as the narrator. This book is designed so that the listeners can play along and Ian sensei asked two students to act as the duckling narrator and the crocodile, who is the main character. They practiced before the reading and Ian sensei gave the student with the crocodile role a crocodile mask and green shirt to get into the mood. The students especially liked the scene where the crocodile chases the other students and everyone ran around the classroom screaming.

This English book reading activity started in 2018 when ICT's Hakusanroku campus opened in Seto of Hakusan city. Last year we visited Hakurei about ten times and this was our fourth time this year. The Hakurei students always greet us with enthusiasm and come to talk with the English teachers after the reading. It is always a pleasure to visit a school with such friendly students and teachers.

Our next visit is November 14.

Shinobu Ohara

September 24, 2019 Anamizu Seminar

Hello, it's Jonathan the camera man. Today I would like to give my report on the first-year students' Anamizu Seminar held from September 19 to 21. The Anamizu Seminar is a traditional school event going back more than 50 years. Students stay at a seminar house in Anamizu (about three hours north in the Noto peninsula) for three days to learn about leadership, teamwork, and courtesy towards others.

The first day at Anamizu is mostly orientation and learning the rules of the seminar house. Most of the action is on day two. In the morning of the second day, we held a morning assembly where we exercised and rehearsed for the upcoming cutter boat race. After breakfast, we walked down to the harbor for a cruise and rope work activity. During the one hour cruise of Anamizu bay, we were lucky enough to meet a school of dolphins! Students and teachers waved and called out to them and they began to follow our ship. You can see them in the video below. In the rope work activity, students learned various ways to tie a knot. The staff at Anamizu are veteran sailors and every year first-year students learn how to tie knots used at sea. At the end of the activity, students and teachers used the "moyai musubi" they learned to tie a large circle and test its strength by leaning outward to see if it would hold their weight.

In the afternoon, the main event of Anamizu began, the cutter boat race! Students and teachers watched a demonstration by the Anamizu staff before breaking up into their two teams to practice. The cutter boat we used is powered by six rowers (three on each side) and controlled by the captain who holds the rudder and gives orders. Other passengers are the first mate, who supports the captain, and reserve rowers, who sit in the front of the cutter. Rowing a boat needs technique and all six rowers must work in unison for the cutter to move efficiently. Also, the captain must learn how to steer and give out orders at the correct timing. The objective of this exercise is to teach teamwork, leadership, and followship. Both teams practiced until they were ready for the race. In the race, both teams start at the harbor and row out to the first buoy. There, they turn right and head down the final stretch to the second buoy. The team with the shortest time wins! You can see what the race looks like in the video below. Both teams put in their best efforts and it was a close race. This year team two won with a time of 6:31, only twenty second faster than team one with 6:51. Mr. Sugawara, head of the seminar house congratulated the students' teamwork and said that their time was even better than most KIT university student teams.

After dinner, the learning mentors held a special Learning Session English activity. Students were broken up into three teams and given an assortment of LEGO blocks. Hidden behind a white board was a assembly of LEGO blocks (see the picture below). The students' objective was to send two of their members to look at the assembly and communicate it to the remaining builders using only English. This activity is used in many universities in America, so to do it in a secondary language is an difficult mind exercise. To the surprise of the learning mentors, the first-year students caught on extremely quickly and most groups were almost finished by nine o'clock. 

On the final morning, students presented their book reports on three books they read during the summer break. There was also a lecture by president Lewis Barksdale about English poetry. Finally, we held our closing ceremony. Mr. Sugawara spoke about how he wishes our first-year students will become respectful and ethical "professional" engineers in the future. Kihara sensei, the students' homeroom teacher, expressed how he noticed the first-year students are "genki" (full of energy) and hopes they will stay that way during their years at ICT. Yoshiki Hatakenaka spoke in behalf of the first-year students and said "We have strengthened our bond as a class and will remember the spirit of discipline, courtesy, and teamwork that we learned at this seminar house. We will return to show the Anamizu staff how much we have grown next year." After lunch we departed by bus and returned to our regular lives at Hakusanroku.

I believe the Anamizu Seminar is an essential element of school life at ICT. The students spend two busy year living together in such a close radius that sometimes they do not have the opportunity to confront their differences and bond as a team. The three days at Anamizu are for better or worst out of the ordinary. This gave students opportunities to hang out with people they usually would not or see new characteristics of other classmates. The Anamizu Seminar gave the students an opportunity to grow as a team as well as an individual.








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.

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