First UK-Japan Young Scientist Workshop : Kyoto, 22-27 August 2004
Hosted at Ritsumeikan University Biwako Kusatsu Campus with students from:
- Drayton Manor High School, Hanwell, London,
- George Abbot School, Guildford,
- Kyoto Rakuhoku Prefectural Senior High School,
- Kyoto Horikawa Municipal Senior High School,
- Kyoto University of Education Attached Senior High School,
- Ritsumeikan High School
"an unbelievable experience I will never forget" (student)
"they were all surprised by what they could accomplish in such a short time" (teacher)
Breaking new ground...
This August in Kyoto students from schools in Japan and Britain lived and worked together in small teams for a week with professional scientists from both countries, encountering science as a motivating real life experience which bridges cultures. This Workshop is a place
- where questioning is welcomed, classroom knowledge and skills are put to use, and the wider implications of the science are explored
- through which students from the two countries can come to understand each others' ways of working and thinking, and form lasting friendships through the common experience of science
Explorations: Clock Genes, Bridge Structures and Webpage Design
At the end of the week, the UK-Japanese student teams gave public presentations of the outcomes of their work... this teamwork was an important part of the experience.
"I am very impressed by the incisive and insightful questioning of the students... by the enthusiasm of the staff... the quality of the facilities are extraordinary... investing in the scientists of the future" (Dr Malcolm von Schantz, University of Surrey)
New UK-Japan Partnership
The Workshop addressed key concerns about the nature and effectiveness of science education in both countries, and opens up a new area for UK-Japanese partnership. A film is in production for Japanese Television funded by JST.
The programme included not only social events to enable the students to get to know each other better, but also a seminar enabling educators, scientists and administrators to share thinking and experiences of school-scientist partnerships.
The First Kyoto UK-Japan Young Scientist Workshop was supported by
- Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
- British Embassy and the British Council, Japan
- Japan Science and Technology Agency
- Japan Airlines Corporation
The workshop was organised by the four Kyoto Super Science High Schools with Clifton Scientific Trust.