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Social Background

One common social issue faced by developed countries is that many children have few opportunities to develop an interest in science, making it difficult to nurture human resources with a background in science. The loss of interest in science among children and students leads to difficulties for corporations in securing personnel to conduct R&D and to reduced corporate competitiveness. This issue has the potential to impede and delay the development of science and technology for society as a whole. The United Nations SDGs are a common priority for the international community. Goal 4 of the SDGs is "Quality Education." This goal calls upon the international community to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

Objectives of Supporting Science Education

Our basic principle is "value creation through high-tech solutions," and the Group, which has a business foundation of science and technology, will contribute to professional education and the development of society by conducting science education leveraging our technology and products such as physical and chemical apparatus.

Initiatives

1. Support for Science Education Activities Through Electron Microscopes

We conduct activities to support science education, using Hitachi High-Tech Group's own tabletop electron microscopes. We support a range of educational events, such as special lessons for elementary and junior high schools as well as displays at science museums and exhibitions, with the aim of stimulating children’s interest in science and technology through the experience of observing familiar specimens on a microscopic scale and contributing to resolution of issues in the school education field such as the “loss of interest in science.”

These activities are being carried out at Group companies both in Japan and overseas. Hitachi High-Tech Fielding, for example, has been continuing a support program for local elementary schools since 2001, teaching children the importance of nature and giving them a chance to experience and learn about the mysteries of the natural world and the magnificence of science and technology.

Hitachi High-Tech Support on the other hand provides support for science education at special needs schools and during the 2018 term delivered classes at Tokyo Toritsu Eifuku Gakuen, Toritsu Mizumotokoai Gakuen, and Ibaraki Kenritsu Mito Koto Tokubetsu Shien Gakko. The second half of the classes is used for presentations on the content of their work by graduates of the schools who have been hired by Hitachi High-Tech Support, as well as for a ceremony presenting the students with completion certificates and for exchange with them.
Overseas, Hitachi High-Tech America is partnering with distributors in North America, South America, and Australia to enhance activities. Also, group companies in Asia and the ASEAN region are conducting on-site classes at local Japanese schools in China (Shanghai, Dalian, and Suzhou), South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, while national staff are conducting onsite classes at local schools. In addition, in FY2018, we held a science event as part of the "Year of Japan in Russia" to foster international exchange between Russian and Japanese junior high school students in Moscow.
Looking ahead, we will build cooperative ties with various relevant organizations and strategically implement our programs as we look to firmly establish our activities in all regions. Thereby contributing to the development of the next generation of scientific researchers.

Photo: A class at the China Museum of Science and Technology, delivered by an overseas Group employee
A class at the China Museum of Science and Technology, delivered by an overseas Group employee

Photo: In the event of
In the event of "Year of Japan in Russia"

2.Radio-Broadcast Public Recording Event "Next Science Jam"

"Next Science Jam," implemented as a project to raise children’s interest in science, is an event that combines science experiments with a public recording for radio and lets participants experience the joy of science.
The program includes items designed to get children interested in science, such as talk shows featuring scientific experts, demo lectures using Hitachi High-Tech products like electron microscopes, and presentations by students from high schools designated Super Science High Schools (SSH) by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
The event is broadcast as a special radio program to convey the fascination of science to an even greater number of children.