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Report on “Kyushu University Engineering Science and Technology” program for high school teachers

The Faculty of Engineering of Kyushu University received the support of JST “Sakura Science Plan” for eight days from August 22 to 29, 2017, and held the “Kyushu University Engineering Science and Technology” program (QUEST Program) for Teachers. In implementing this program, we invited young teachers from high schools in seven Asian countries / regions (China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia) where rapid economic growth, urbanization, and industrialization are progressing. “Green Technology”, “STEM education and active learning,” and “a city where people and nature coexist” were the keywords used for educational exchange.

Participants with the world’s first official university fuel cell vehicle “MIRAI” introduced by Kyushu University

Green Technology

After World War II, Japan experienced an unprecedented period of high economic growth, and the rapid industrialization that accompanied it caused serious environmental pollution and damage. Based on that experience, it was overcome by making various efforts toward the realization of a low-carbon society based on science and technology. The participants joined lectures on cutting-edge science and technology related to “Green Technology” by Professor Seiji Ogo of the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I²CNER), Professor Takanobu Kisu of the Research Institute of Superconductor Science and Systems, Associate Professor Yusuke Shiratori of the International Research Center for Hydrogen Energy and 5 other faculty members. After that they visited the related laboratories.

Introduction of the latest in ground disaster countermeasure technology by Associate Professor Kiyonobu Kasama (Civil and Structural Engineering Department)

Visit to a low-noise wind tunnel that studies aerodynamic noise of aircraft under the guidance of Associate Professor Yasuhiro Tani (Aeronautics and Astronautics Department)

Participants listening to Professor Ogo’s lecture on “Science Contribution to Energy Problems”

Demonstration of superconducting technology capable of carrying 100 times larger current than conventional materials by Professor Kisu

STEM education and active learning

On the afternoon of the 25th, a mini-conference on STEM education, which is characteristic of each high school, was held by five high school teachers, and it became a place for information exchange among high school teachers in Asia. In addition, on the 28th, Associate Professor J. Cannon (Mechanical Engineering Department) and Associate Professor A. Robertson (Applied Chemistry Department), who teach in the international course of the Faculty of Engineering of Kyushu University, are engaged in active learning and projects in their respective subjects. Project based learning was introduced, and lively discussions were held on its introduction in high school education in Asia.

Introduction of science program activities by Indonesian high school teachers

Seminar on teaching methods that promote active learning at the university by Associate Professor Cannon

Cities where people and nature coexist

On the 24th, there was a visit to Kitakyushu City near Fukuoka City, visiting the facilities of wind power generation and solar power generation at the Next Generation Energy Park, and learned about the history of the city that overcame pollution problems in the past at the Kitakyushu Environment Museum. Furthermore, on the 26th and 27th, we visited Dazaifu City, Yanagawa City, and Itoshima City, which maintain a rich natural environment, and had the opportunity to experience the ancient Japanese view of nature.

Visiting the facilities for onshore wind power generation at the Kitakyushu Next Generation Energy Park.

In Yanagawa, which has a 930km waterway, there was the opportunity to learn about the lives of people by the water on a river tour.

Although it was a short period of time, through this program, we were able to let high school teachers in Asia know about research and education that will open up a sustainable society for higher education in Japan. We hope that the participants will apply what they have learned in this program to the development of the next generation of scientists in Asia.