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Science Education Support Activities

Public concern has been rising over the declining interest of children in the science. As such, Hitachi Chemical is applying its expertise as a chemical company to create activities that make science and chemistry interesting for children, and to develop programs that nurture a child's inquisitiveness and instill a thirst for learning.

To inspire the next generation of scientists, since fiscal 2008, we have held chemistry experiment events for children as part of our cooperation in the “I Love Chemistry Club” (“Kagaku Daisuki Club” in Japanese) organized by the Chemical Society of Japan. In fiscal 2012, we began to hold science experiment classes for children, with our employees serving as teachers, and have been expanding the scale of this activity year on year.

Science Workshops for Kids

In fiscal 2018, 3,964 children at 54 kindergartens and elementary schools near Group business sites attended 116 of these classes to experience the wonders of science. The Company published a science textbook for children, “Fushigi Hakken! Tameshitemiyou Kagaku Jikken” (“How does it work? Let’s try a science experiment!”), supervised by Kazuhiro Miyamoto, a teacher at Kaisei Junior and Senior High School, in which a range of experiments conducted during these classes using things that are familiar to children are introduced. The Group will continue to expand these activities also in fiscal 2019.

FY 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Number of classes held 62 91 82 87 120 116
Number of schools where classes were held 23 25 35 37 51 54
Number of participants 1,771 2,529 3,067 3,172 3,915 3,964
Number of employee participants (as instructor or staff) 44 45 61 50 60 77

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Introduction video about “Science Workshops for Kids” (3:40)

Hitachi Chemical & Sumida Aquarium “Discovering the Mysteries of Water Creatures” (Mizu no Ikimono Fushigi Hakken)

Cooperation: Sumida Aquarium

In September 2013, the Hitachi Chemical Group and Sumida Aquarium began running joint workshops called “Discovering the Mysteries of Water Creatures” (“Mizu no Ikimono Fushigi Hakken” in Japanese) out of a wish to help children who are responsible for our planet’s future gain a deeper understanding of the ocean as a source of life forms, the abundance of life and ecosystem through experiences.

In fiscal 2015, we began an orientation-type program that used a “Mystery Discovered! Jellyfish Certification” worksheet. The program, which is open to all visitors to the aquarium, provides participants with an enjoyable learning experience by getting them to answer various questions and draw pictures by observing jellyfish inside a fish tank.

Going forward, we will continue to further promote children’s understanding of ecosystem conservation and biodiversity.

Chemistry Lab Held in Summer for Children and Their Parents

Cooperation: Chemical Society of Japan

Hitachi Chemical runs chemistry lab workshops in tandem with the Family Workplace Tour events held by Hitachi Chemical to communicate the enjoyment of science and chemistry to children. In fiscal 2018 we held a total of eight workshops at five business sites attended by a total of 326 parents and children.

As well as employees and their families, parents and children who applied through the Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan, local elementary schools/communities, and the Company’s official website enjoyed experiments with such intriguing titles as “The magic of colors” and “Let's swing pendulums.”

Hitachi Chemical Summer Family Chemical Lab Workshops   Number of events and participants
FY 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Events held 7 8 8 10 9 8
Participants 383 407 299 402 306 326

Family Workplace Tours in Summer Vacation

Family Workplace Tours in Summer Vacation

Family Workplace Tours in Summer Vacation

Summer Family Workplace Tours

“Hitachi Science Seminar”, “Science is Great!”

Cooperation: Science Museum, Chemical Society of Japan

In fiscal 2013, Hitachi Chemical started running chemistry lab workshops for elementary school students at the Science Museum in Chiyoda City, Tokyo as part of both the Hitachi Science Seminar for members of the museum’s science club and the seminar on chemistry held for general visitors to the museum. This is a two-hour program consisting of three chemistry experiments designed to introduce participants to the wonders of chemistry. In fiscal 2018, four workshops were held featuring experiments for reproducing the phenomenon of cloud formation using plastic bottles, separating visible light into the different colors of the spectrum and other processes. A total of 97 children participated in the workshops.

Hitachi Science Seminar

Hosting of “Summer Rikochare Support Event”

Hitachi Chemical is hosting the “Summer Rikochare* Cheering Event,” as of fiscal 2016, and serving as the “Rikochare Cheering Organization” of the Gender Equality Bureau of the Cabinet Office.

In August 2018, we hosted an event titled “Working On Wonders—Jobs Utilizing Chemistry to Contribute to Society,” targeting junior and senior high school students. The event consisted of a number of programs, such as a site tour, work experience, an experiment session for creating Bincho-tan (white charcoal) batteries (intended to help students with planning a summer research project for school) and a meeting with young employees. In the meeting, the employees talked about the significance of school studies for developing future careers, based on their own experiences.

We are hosting this event with the aim of helping students garner interest toward the chemistry-related job field, and also to help students who are interested in the science and technology field be able to select their career path by having a solid vision of one’s future. We will continue to hold this activity in fiscal 2019.

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An initiative led by Gender Equality Bureau Cabinet Office of Japan, supporting female students interested in science and engineering that they can clearly have images of their future and challenge their careers.

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