Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル:Extracurricular Activity

June 6, 2019 Farming Experience

On May 26 (SUN), the Nature & Adventure club conducted a farming experience in collaboration with members of the local community. Early Sunday morning, students gathering to plant potatoes in the field right across from the Hakusanroku campus. This event was conducted in collaboration with local farmers who willingly agreed to demonstrate and for us to use a patch of their fields. Students first plowed the field by turning over, watering, and mixing fertilizer in the soil. Next the local farmers demonstrated planting the potatoes, which the students followed in suit. This year we planted regular potatoes and sweet potatoes, both which we plan to harvest later this year. Many students have never farmed before and seemed to enjoy the experience. After planting the potatoes, students volunteered to weed a neighboring field before finishing the experience and heading to the onsen to clean up and a long-awaited lunch.

I was impressed by the students enthusiasm and feel lucky that the Hakusanroku campus is surrounded by such rich nature. I mean the farm is right across from the school; literally a one minute walk away! Students take advantage of this short distance to find time and take turns watering the field. It was also interesting to observe the students' reaction to the local farmers explaining that monkeys sometimes dig up and eat the potatoes right before harvest. They threatened and cursed the monkeys saying "I will never surrender my precious potatoes to you!", in fear of the thought of them stealing the result of their hard work. The experience really gave them a firsthand perspective of being a farmer. I asked the local farmers about our students' farming, who simply answered "They're OK. Everyone's a beginner at some point" with a big laugh. I look forward to the future of this relationship with the local community and especially to harvest season.


2019年5月26日(日)Nature & Adventure クラブによる農業体験が地元農家の方々の協力のもと行われました。日曜日の早朝に白山麓キャンパスの向かいにある畑に集合してじゃがいもとさつまいもを植えました。今回の農業体験は地元の方々が畑や道具などを快く貸してくれたことによって実現しました。学生たちはまず畑を耕すところから始めました。シャベルなどを使って土を混ぜてから、水をかけて、最後に肥料を加えました。土づくりをしたあとは、地元の方々の指導のもと芋の苗を植えました。今回植えたじゃがいもとさつまいもは秋に収穫して食べる予定です。ほとんどの学生は農作業の経験がなく、初めての経験を楽しんでいるようでした。芋を植えたあとは隣の畑の雑草取りを手伝ったあと、温泉で汗を流してから昼食をとりました。



May 10, 2019

4月の新年度を迎えてから、GWの休暇を挟んで、すでに1か月が経ちました。4月はオリエンテーションや新学期の準備で様々なイベントなどがありましたが、3月の春休み期間にも国際高専が推奨するグローバル人材育成の海外プログラムが行われました。ラーニングエクスプレスです。これは、グローバル人材を育成する教育の試みとして、異なる国の学生達が発展途上国やその地域を訪問し、フィールドワークを通して、地域発展、環境問題、持続可能な社会などの観点からの問題発見、問題解決策を提案し実施するという、国際的ソーシャルイノベーションプロジェクトです。今回は高専・工大合同で11名の学生がインドネシアのジョクジャカルタを訪問してきました。このジャーナルには書ききれないほど学生たちは多くの経験をし、成長してきました。特には、国際理工学科の中心ともなるデザインシンキングの問題解決手法を用いての活動であるため、ぜひ2年後、NZ留学で英語力を向上させた後に、このより実践的な国際協働プログラムにも挑戦し、グローバルイノベーターに近づいてほしいと思います。今回の旅を含めた過去の活動内容は、https://www.ict-lex.com/ に掲載されていますので、ぜひご覧ください。

津田 明洋

It has been one month since school started in April. Last month, before the Golden Week holiday, we had several orientation events in preparation for the new school year. However, there actually was an oversea program in March during the spring break. This program was the Learning Express (LeX). This international social innovation project is part of ICT's education to foster global innovators. Students travel to developing countries and conduct fieldwork to find problems in the local community using viewpoints such as regional development, environmental issues, and a sustainable society. They then produce prototypes of their solution to the local people. Eleven students participated in this year's Learning Express and traveled to Yogyakarta in Indonesia. The experience they gained is so great that I cannot write how much they have grown from this program in this journal. I look forward to the students from the Department of Science and Technology participating in this program because it uses problem-solving via Design Thinking, which is a core theme in their current studies. I hope that two years from now they will strengthen their English skills in New Zealand and challenge themselves in this international co-creation program on the pursuit to become "Global Innovators." Please check out the website https://www.ict-lex.com/ where you can see more of our activities in Indonesia.

Akihiro Tsuda

December 5, 2018 Robocon International

Hello everyone. When I was a high school student, I used to participate in the academic contests of my prefecture board of education to assign the best school. In those contests, students from different schools were competing in all subjects including math, science, Arabic, English and social studies. Our school team had very strong motivation to study hard and prepare well for each game. I remember how happy the students, the teachers and all staff were after winning one of the first places at such contests. Teachers used to praise our effort when we lose and encourage us to work harder to win in the next times. I recalled all those memories when I went to Tokyo last week to support our Robocon team B who participated in the “NHK 2018 Robot contest”.

I saw many teams from different schools around Japan applying what they have learnt at the mechanical design, electronics, programming, math and science classes. It was a lot of fun to see different and brilliant design ideas of the teams to flip pet bottles on the tables to get more points. Although our team lost the first game with only one point, we were proud of them because they have been awarded as one of the best robot design. During preparation for this contest, they used to stay until late time at school collaborating with each other trying different ideas, everyone in his favorite area. At the contest, I could see their strong motivation and affiliation to their school ICT. They tried their best to win, every sub-group did their job well, beginning by the one responsible of setting the machine to the one drives and operates the machine. I believe that this team is very promising and they can develop their ideas and achieve a lot of progress in the near future.

In the next years, our Robocon teams are going to be stronger and more promising, especially when the students from Hakusanroku campus participate the Robocon club activities. They will have the skills of scientific thinking as they studied more advanced and worldly standard curriculums. This will help them to think out of the box and create new ideas and designs for their machines. The one year of study at Otago polytechnic in New Zealand will help them developing their hand shills as many of the classes at Otago polytechnic are hands-on and project based. In addition, they will gain the experience when they cooperate with the current Kanazawa campus students who participated many times in such contests. Kanazawa campus students understand very well the contests rules and have many techniques and plans to play well and get more points. In some situations of having sudden troubles in the machine right before starting the game, they can handle the situations and figure out such problems without being embarrassed. That kind of cooperation between our students will lead to a great success.

As, we are an international college, I wish after few years our teams participate in not only the national contents, but also are dare to participate in international ones. As we are preparing our students to be global innovators, providing them with all facilities and resources, I think they will have the capabilities to be a strong rival at such international contests. Going to international events is a good opportunity for our students to have contact with people of different cultures, values, languages, and knowledge. I look forward to seeing our teams win one of first places in the national robot contests as well as our first Robocon international participation.

Alaa Hussien







December 2, 2018

In today's journal, I would like to give a report about the NHK Kosen RoboCon National Championship held on November 25.

Each year, that year's RoboCon regulations are announced in April. This year's theme was "bottle flip", creating a robot and successfully throwing and landing plastic bottles. The RoboCon themes are never easy. However, I believe this year's theme was especially difficult.

At ICT, our participating students consist of two teams: the A team, consisting of fifth-year students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, working on their graduation project, and the B team, consisting of volunteers from second- to fifth-year Yumekobo project students from multiple departments. I have been in charge of the B team for the past five years and it is the first time we have advanced to the championship stage.

At the RoboCon, robots are judged for their creativity and originality even more than actual scores. In the regional qualifiers, the teams who advance to the national championship besides the overall winning team are decided by the judges' votes. This year, ICT B team received the Idea Award at the Tokai-Hokuriku Regional Qualifier and the right to compete at nationals.

After the regional qualifiers in October, we continued to test and redesign our robot to improve its accuracy. The day before the national tournament, we encountered a problem on our test run, in which the sensors would malfunction due to the strong lights in the venue. However, we overcame this problem by making covers around the sensors, which let our robot function properly in the competition.

We were defeated by National Institute of Technology, Wakayama College in the first stage at a close score of 13 to 14. However, I believe we put on a great show for the viewers. Also, we received the Special Award from Yaskawa Electric Corporation. Obviously, it was our first time at the nationals since the school's name changed to ICT, but also was the first time we received an award since 1993 as Kanazawa College of Technology. The first-year students who came to cheer us enjoyed the tournament and spoke about creating a team at Hakusanroku campus.

The required level of skill was high, and I was happy to see growth in our students participating in this competition. My wish is that more students continue to challenge themselves through RoboCon, and raise technology to a higher level.

Taisei Ise

2018 11月29日








伊勢 大成

November 14, 2018 Skype-a-Thon with Vice-president of Microsoft


On November 14 (WED), Microsoft held its annual global education event "Skype-a-Thon." Skype-a-Thon is a 48 hour charity event in which Microsoft connects classrooms all over the world. See here for more information about Skype-a-Thon. ICT participated as one of the two schools from Japan out of 102 countries and first-year students connected with Vice-president Anthony Salcito at Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, USA. Also, Teacher Engagement Manager Education Group Public Sector Hidenori Harata from Microsoft Japan visited us at Hakusanroku campus. The skype session was about 30 minutes long and was divided into two parts. In the first half, students took turns introducing the Hakusanroku campus, local community, personal projects and extracurricular activities in English. Vice-president Salcito listened intently, occasionally commenting on the students' presentation. A list of their presentation is as follows:

  • Introduction of Hakusanroku campus

  • Position of ICT and distance from Seattle

  • Projects using the 3D printer and laser cutter

  • Activities in Engineering Design

  • Extracurricular Activities at local junior high school festival

The second half was Q&A with Vice-president Anthony Salcito. Students asked questions such as "What innovative technologies are you paying special attention to?", "How do you make time to enjoy your hobby?" and "What kind of skills do I need if I want to become vice-president of a multinational company?" Despite being on a 48 hour marathon event, Vice-president Salcito answered these question sincerely and in length. You can listen to his answers in the video. After the Skype session, Mr. Harata also gave a speech to the students, talking about work life balance that was touched upon in the session saying "Recently, the boarder between work and personal time is blurring. I sometimes join a meeting from home while I'm playing with my kids. I bed you sometimes play games while you do your homework."

The students seemed stimulated from talking with the Vice president of Microsoft. I hope the experience of speaking with a top-runner of the IT industry will give them confidence and help them in the future.



2018年11月14日 マイクロソフトの副社長とスカイプで対話授業「Skype-a-Thon」


  • 白山麓キャンパス紹介

  • ICTの位置、シアトルからの距離

  • 3Dプリンターやレーザーカッターを使ったプロジェクトの紹介

  • エンジニアリングデザインの活動紹介

  • 課外活動で訪れた地元中学校の文化祭での活動




June 19, 2018

Hello, my name is Tsuda. I teach two English classes at the Hakusanroku campus.
Did you know that KTC (ICT’s former name) has many proud legacies? One of them is the boys’ basketball team. There used to be a golden age when we won the Hokuriku regional tournament for ten consecutive years, and multiple national championship titles. Sadly, this record has broken off and members have decreased in numbers. However, the basketball team is a tightly bonded group that practices hard every day.

This year, a new gymnasium equipped with air conditioning and an outdoor basketball court were built at our Hakusanroku campus. We did not have enough players to compete in the high school championship qualifiers this year. However, I believe these resources will contribute in the future for basketball and other sports teams.

Apart from sports, there are opportunities for students to test themselves in various fields such as robot contests, design contests, English speech contests, etc. This is important for creating good character within a school community. I believe rivalry between students increases the spirit of competition and motivation.

I hope that these activities generate the hunger to learn and cultivate proactive behavior to become independent and highly sociable. I look forward to the day our students compete on the highest stage of national/international competitions in a variety of fields.


June 7, 2018 2枚の板

There is always something cool to do at ICT. Today, let me introduce a project by the students. Machi-hachi (a local furniture maker) donated two boards made of high-quality wood and students were given the choice to create something with them. One thing I like about ICT is that nothing is forced. The school provides opportunities and resources, and teachers give full support, but it is up to the students to find what they are interested in. In this case, four students stood up to create two signs to display in the Living Commons.
I quietly observed as the students brainstormed the designs. I was surprised at how mature they were. Each time someone would lose concentration and begin to fool around, students would speak up and refocus themselves.

Many ideas were discusses, and they finally reached the designs in the picture. You can ask the students if you want to know their deep meaning.
Several days later, I found the students working on the finishing touches of the signs. As you can see in picture two, one of the hooks broke. It took twice as long to fix, but I think it was for the better seeing their satisfied faces in the end. There is a lot to learn from mistakes.
Many of the extracurricular projects are in their beginning stages (learning programming, electronics, software, etc.), so I am glad this project has a finished product. It should help boost the student’s confidence going forward. Thank you.





May 9, 2018



How did you spend your time afterschool? I bet some people enjoyed playing games with their friends. How about actually making one?
The other day I ran across two students who have launched a long-term project to create a real-life shooting game using infrared laser pistols and headbands. The headbands will detect the infrared laser and notify if the person was hit. Their final goal is hold a student versus teacher tournament on campus. It sounds exciting and I think it’s great that they are motivated to learn about what they are interested in. The project is still in the early stages so I will keep you updated if I hear more. Stay tune.

Jonathan April 26, 2018




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