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サイエンスアゴラ2017 金沢高専から2企画が出展




SCIENCE AGORA 2017: KTC Exhibited Two Projects

The science event “SCIENCE AGORA 2017″ was held at Telecom Center Building in Odaiba, Tokyo from November 24th to 26th. At the event, “Kanazawa Institute of Technology Science Communication Project” led by professor Kazuya Takemata and professor Akiyuki Minamide, and “Mecha Craft Project for Girls” led by associate professor Ryo Kanai and assistant professor Hitomi Sakai exhibited their projects.

SCIENCE AGORA, which this year was held for the 12th time, is one of the largest open forums focused on science and society in Japan. 150 projects were held including a keynote by Mr. Muhammad Yunus who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, symbiosis with artificial intelligence (AI), sustainable development goals (SDGs), and genome editing. More than 5000 people visited the event over the three days.

Professor Takemata and others presented a portable screening system that provides the images of the universe in 3D. This system allows you to experience the astronomical simulator “mitaka” developed by the Four-Dimensional Digital Universe project of the National Astronomical Observatory. Students from Kanazawa Technical College (KTC) and graduates from Kanazawa Institute of Technology served as navigators. The students in charge also visit municipal-sponsored events, elementary and junior high schools, facilities for the elderly, etc., and convey the appeal of science to local people through space travel by “mitaka”.

Approximately 700 visitors wore polarized glasses and departed from the Earth. While traveling from the solar system to the Galaxy and even further, they heard explanations about the structures of various celestial objects and the universe. The visitors enjoyed the powerful images that gave them a feeling of being in the universe. It was a valuable opportunity for the students to deepen their insight by interacting with various universities, research institutes, and companies.

In addition, associate professor Kanai, assistant professor Hitomi Sakai, and two female students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering opened a workshop on the 25th and the 26th, with a title of “Disassembly/Construction, Mecha Amber”. Twenty people including a wide range of age groups participated over the two days. The workshop was planned by the students, aiming to attract girls to be more interested in machinery. This workshop has also been held at KTC and local children’s halls and gotten a favorable reception. The participants disassembled a servomotor, which is a mechanical part, with the support of the students and joined industrial parts such as gears with beads and stickers using UV resin (resin with the property of becoming hardened by light) to make a strap charm. When they made their originally-designed accessories, they were very pleased. The students were impressed with the effect of the workshop, looking at the participants who showed interest in mechanical mechanisms through disassembly work.

11月24日(金)~26日(日)の3日間にわたって 東京・お台場 テレコムセンタービルにて開催された科学イベント「サイエンスアゴラ2017」に、竹俣一也教授、南出章幸教授らが主導する「金沢工業大学サイエンスコミュニケーションプロジェクト」および、金井亮准教授、坂井仁美講師らのプロジェクトチーム「Mecha Craft Project for Girls」が出展しました。




また、金井准教授らは機械工学科の女子学生2名とともに「分解・構築 Mecha Amber」というタイトルでワークショップを25日(土)・26日(日)に開き、2日間で子どもから大人まで幅広い層の20人が参加しました。ワークショップは、「女子が機械に興味を持つきっかけづくりになれば」と学生が企画・立案したもので、これまでにもたびたび金沢高専や地域の児童館などで開催し、好評を得ています。参加者は学生のサポートを受けながら、機械部品の1つであるサーボモータを分解し、歯車などの工業パーツをビーズやシールなどと一緒にUVレジン(光によって硬化する性質を持った樹脂)で固めてストラップを製作。自分だけのオリジナルデザインのアクセサリーができあがると、満足げな笑顔を見せていました。分解作業を通して機械の仕組みに関心を示す参加者の様子を見て、学生は改めてワークショップの効果に手ごたえを感じているようでした。