2017 Annual “Hirameki Tokimeki Science
– Welcome to the University’s Research Laboratory – KAKENHI”

   The University organized a hands-on science program “Feel! Experience! Wonders of Coral Reef Organisms” on July 16th, 2017 (Sunday).

  Despite the distant location in northern Okinawa, the event saw full capacity participation from 20 students and their families from Okinawa and other prefectures (elementary school 2, junior high 4, high school 4, parents and guardians 10).

The Hirameki Tokimeki Science event is an initiative of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) that is held at universities and academic institutions across Japan. It aims to instill in young learners an appreciation for the sciences by encouraging students from elementary to high school to experience the results of advanced scientific research.

Held at the University’s Tropical Biosphere Research Center’s Sesoko Station, this year’s event was helmed by Professor Akihiro Takemura of the Faculty of Science, and was focused on getting participants to observe reef life such as corals and marine organisms from boats and shorelines. A tour of Sesoko Station’s research facilities was also part of the day’s program.

The event was met with fine weather, which gave participants full opportunity to observe Okinawa’s beautiful oceans and coral reefs. At the end of the day’s program, a commencement ceremony was held where each participant was conferred with degrees honoring them as PhD holders of the future.

  Event representative Prof. Takemura said of the day’s program, “All activities were planned carefully with the aim of allowing participants to experience Okinawa’s nature and the wonders of coral reef life. Even though the event was held under the hot summer sun, we sincerely hope that all students who took part found joy in experiencing coral reef research.”

Explanation on coral reef cultivation

Explanation on coral reef cultivation

Participants and student volunteers heading out to sea to observe coral reefs

Participants and student volunteers heading out to sea to observe coral reefs

Commemorative photo after the end of the day’s program

Commemorative photo after the end of the day’s program