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International Exchange Event for Japanese and Russian Junior High School Students Utilizing Tabletop Microscopes

The Japanese Embassy in Russia
2018/5/29

Hitachi High-Technologies RUS Limited Liability Company and the Russian dealer of TM microscopes held an international exchange event utilizing tabletop microscopes at the Japanese Embassy in Russia on Tuesday, May 29.

It is currently the 'Year of Japan in Russia' so various cultural exchange events are being held, and ours was recognized as one of the official Japanese Embassy projects.

On the day, 33 junior high school students from the Japanese School in Moscow and 40 from Moscow School No. 1223 were divided into teams that were a mixture of Japanese and Russian members. There were some very lively scenes as, thanks to a program that included a quiz using electron microscope images, the members discussed amongst themselves and competed as teams.

A team discussing the answer to the quiz / The electron microscope image puzzle is difficult?!
A team discussing the answer to the quiz / The electron microscope image puzzle is difficult?!

A researcher from the State Hermitage Museum was invited as a special guest. We were shown examples where the electron microscope was used to examine the components and age of artworks from the collection, and the methods used in restoration work. The eyes of the Japanese and Russian students sparkled as they looked at the unknown world made visible by the electron microscope.

After the event, we received feedback from the students such as “I could see that the electron microscope is essential for scientific progress”, “I was really glad that we could overcome differences in nationality and put our heads together”, and “I was amazed that by looking at an animal hair through the electron microscope, you can identify the type of animal it came from.”

Embassy staff, members of the Moscow Japan Club and staff from a local mass media company, Sputnik, also came along to watch, and the international exchange event was reported in Sputnik’s Web News (Japanese language edition).

A team made up of Japanese and Russian members work together to operate the tabletop microscope
A team made up of Japanese and Russian members work together to operate the tabletop microscope

A researcher from the Hermitage Museum presents an example
A researcher from the Hermitage Museum presents an example

Group photo of all the Japanese and Russian students
Group photo of all the Japanese and Russian students

Hitachi High-Technologies Taiwan Corporation holds STEM education activities at National Experimental High School At Hsinchu Science Park and Taipei Japanese School

National Experimental High School At Hsinchu Science Park and Taipei Japanese School
2017/12/7,20

Hitachi High-Technologies Taiwan Corporation, with a view to its social contribution volunteering activities, held STEM education activities at National Experimental High School At Hsinchu Science Park on December 7, 2017, and at Taipei Japanese School on December 20, 2017.

High school students listening to the TM3030 introduction
High school students listening to the TM3030 introduction

First, a Hitachi High-Technologies Taiwan Corporation representative introduced the company and the TM Series Tabletop Microscope. After that, they helped 23 students use the electron microscope to examine rare samples related to their research topics, such as squid radula and more. With the collaboration of Hitachi High-technologies Corporation, CSR & Corporate Communications Dept., lessons were given to three 6th grade classes (approx. 65 participants) at Taipei Japanese School. The wonder and importance of science education could be felt in the students' reactions to photographs of a fly's compound eye, and in the earnest expressions on their faces when listening to a talk on biomimetic techniques from photographs of gecko feet.

Electron microscope photograph of a squid radula
Electron microscope photograph of a squid radula

Students taking a serious look at samples after class
Students taking a serious look at samples after class

Hitachi High-Technologies RUS holds an electron microscopy event using a tabletop microscope for junior high school students in Moscow

Moscow's Mendeleev University(Russia)
2017/11/30

On November 30, Hitachi High-Technologies RUS Limited Liability Company held an electron microscopy event in full collaboration with local electron microscope equipment store "Interlab," using the TM3030Plus Tabletop Microscope at Moscow's Mendeleev University.
The audience consisted of 28 students from grades 7 to 9 (equivalent to junior high school students in Japan) from one of the University's local primary/secondary education institution partners. As detailed below, the event was run in two parts by an Interlab representative, consisting of an educational part and an entertainment part featuring a quiz and other activities.

  1. A presentation on electron microscope types, principles, build, and practical applications
  2. A quiz using electron microscope photographs of wool fibers, diatoms, etc.
  3. An examination of various samples including mouse and human intestines, semiconductor wafers, eggshells, salt, etc., and an explanation on the TM3030Plus
  4. A game using the TM3030Plus where the students raced to display a photograph of a spider's eyes
  5. A game using a semiconductor wafer electron microscope photograph split into 9 pieces, where the students raced to solve the puzzle

The games where students were divided into teams, discussed amongst themselves, and competed as a team were also extremely well received by students, teachers, and university officials.
Also, on the day, the Japanese embassy in Russia, the Japanese Business Club, and news agency Sputnik came to visit. This led to the event also being published on the Japanese version of the Sputnik News website.

2018 has been established as the "Year of Japan in Russia," with a number of strategies planned towards expanding collaboration between Japan and Russia. Based on this recent event experience, Hitachi High-Technologies RUS Limited Liability Company also plans to deliver lessons to local Japanese schools in collaboration with Hitachi High-Technologies, CSR & Corporate Communications Dept.

Students searching for the spider's eyes
Students searching for the spider's eyes

Students examining hair, followed by a detailed explanation of the microscope
Students examining hair, followed by a detailed explanation of the microscope

Students working on the semiconductor wafer electron microscope photograph puzzle
Students working on the semiconductor wafer electron microscope photograph puzzle

Delivering lessons using tabletop electron microscopes at The Japanese School Singapore

Clementi and Changi elementary school (Singapore)
2017/11/6~11/10

The CSR/Corporate Social Responsibility Department of Hitachi High Technologies and Hitachi High Technologies Singapore delivered lessons using tabletop electron microscopes at a Singapore Japanese school from November 6 to 10.

The Japanese school in question has two campuses in different districts, Clementi and Changi, and teaches around 500 children from the fourth to sixth grades of elementary school in 19 classes.

Lessons lasted for 45 minutes and consisted of a presentation focused on a comparison of electron microscopes and optical microscopes, the practical applications of electron microscopes, such as biomimetics, and an introduction to observation using samples previously submitted by the children.

The response during the lessons was very good, with the children asking questions such as "Can you use a microscope in space?" and "Are there any electron microscopes that can show color?" Questionnaires after the lessons at each campus showed high scores of at least 90% in all grades for degree of understanding and degree of interest aroused in students.

Pictures of these lessons can be viewed on the Clementi campus homepage.

Hitachi High Technologies Singapore will consider future delivery of lessons for local schools in Singapore, as well as Japanese schools in Thailand, on the basis of these lessons.

Pictures of lessons (Clementi campus)
Pictures of lessons (Clementi campus)

Pictures of lessons (Changi campus)
Pictures of lessons (Changi campus)

Children looking intently into the microscope
Children looking intently into the microscope

Delivering lessons (15 lessons total) using tabletop electron microscopes at Japanese schools in Shanghai, Dalian, and Shenzhen

Japanese schools in Shanghai, Dalian, and Shenzhen
2017/10/30~11/7

The CSR/Corporate Social Responsibility Department of Hitachi High Technologies, Chinese business units delivered lessons using tabletop electron microscopes at Japanese schools in Shanghai, Dalian, and Shenzhen. A total of 15 lessons were taught to children from the first grade of elementary school to the third grade of junior high school on Monday October 30 to Tuesday November 7 (number of children taught: 320 in Shanghai, 58 in Dalian, 272 in Shenzhen).

The content of the lessons varied depending on region and grade, so preparing samples in advance was hard work. However, it proved worthwhile, with the lessons being very well received by students and teachers alike.

In addition, President Nakae and others from Hitachi East Asia Ltd, came along to observe the final day of lessons in Shenzhen, and seemed to create a great deal of interest in activities in support of science education.

Chinese business units are already delivering lessons in local schools with local staff acting as teachers, but these activities will be carried out proactively in the future based on the experience in Japanese schools on this occasion.

He Lin from (HTG) working as a teacher for elementary school children in Shanghai
He Lin from (HTG) working as a teacher for elementary school children in Shanghai

Lively elementary school children in Dalian after the end of the lesson
Lively elementary school children in Dalian after the end of the lesson

Actively Supporting Science Education at Iwanuma city's "I Love Science Festival"

Iwanumanishi Elementary School, Iwanuma (Miyagi prefecture)
2017/10/14

On October 14, the Tohoku Branch Office made efforts to actively support science education for elementary, junior high and high school students at the 7th "I Love Science Festival," held at Iwanumanishi Elementary School in Iwanuma, Miyagi Prefecture.
The event, first held 7 years ago, is sponsored by the Iwanuma city council.Interactive science booths were erected by firms and schools alike, while activities such as a science show and research award ceremony for elementary and junior high school students were carried out.
Hitachi's Bunya Tadano, creator of the electron microscope, was born in Iwanuma, and has participated in the event along with Tohoku Branch employees since its first iteration, held in connection with the reconstruction efforts carried out on Hitachi factories following the devastating Tohoku earthquake.

On the day, more than 120 children were introduced to the concept of plants spreading their seeds across a wide range for preservation, using images of dandelion seeds and horsetail spores captured through electron microscopes. This was followed by a hands-on experiment in which a maple leaf-shaped rocket was built and subsequently launched in order to actually spread seeds The event proved a great opportunity to expand HHT's presence by offering a fun and meaningful experience to the participants. One volunteer was dispatched from the Management Division to help the Tohoku Branch Office plan and organize these CSR activities. We will continue to steadily promote such activities.

The "Rocket Leaf"

An educational toy built out of thinned wood, sold by Sarugakyo Elementary School Sports Academy. HHT has been involved in its manufacture and sale since 2014 as a part of its science education support activities. There are four ways in which Rocket Leaf contributes positively to society: (1) Utilization of timber from thinned woods to protect forests in Japan; (2) Helping the livelihood of people with disabilities; (3) A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Green Climate Fund; (4) Providing environmental education for children.

Exhibiting the Miniscope Tabletop Microscope at the "Japan-Korea Exchange Festival 2017 in Seoul"Carrying out demonstrations

COEX Convention & Exhibition Center
2017/9/24

On September 24, Hitachi High Technologies Korea, as a member of the South Korea Hitachi Group, exhibited the TM3030 tabletop microscope at the Japan-Korea Exchange Festival 2017 in Seoul. Live demonstrations were performed at the event, held at the COEX Convention & Exhibition Center.
The festival began in 2005, as a major part of the "friendship year" held to commemorate 40 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Korea. Since 2009, the event has been held in Tokyo and Seoul as a mark of collaboration between the two nations.
Approximately 60,000 people attended on the day, which was filled with events and exhibition booths from Japanese and South Korean enterprises, municipalities and more.
Among these, the TM3030 booth was visited by a large number of people.
It proved particularly popular with children, who enjoyed seeing the world as they've never seen it before. This made the event an ideal opportunity to enhance the Hitachi brand.

Collaboration in Sponsoring a Microscope Experience Booth at RIKEN Yokohama Campus

RIKEN Yokohama Campus
2017/9/23

On September 23, 2017, we once again collaborated in sponsoring a booth at this year's opencampus event held by the RIKEN Yokohama Campus, which already uses our Field-Emission, general purpose and TM3000 scanning electron microscopes.
This event was co-hosted by the RIKEN Yokohama Campus and Yokohama City University's Tsurumi Campus. Visitors were offered the rare opportunity to access research facilities, which are not normally open to the public, and were introduced to the latest research activities and results.

Microscope experience booth Electron microscope corner
Microscope experience booth Electron microscope corner

The day of the event saw various activities including tours of the cutting-edge research facilities, and experiences that leveraged observation and experimentation to deepen visitors' appreciation for science. We also continued to exhibit the electron microscope booth that we have sponsored since 2015.
At the booth, visitors used an optical microscope to examine diverse plants and flowers prepared by the research institute, and took photographs of these to print out and paste on a panel. While they waited for photos to print, we showed visitors how to use an electron microscope to actually examine various types of pollen and starch granules found in tubers and roots.
The booth was visited by about 100 children and students, who examined the calcium oxalate crystals contained in Chinese yam, and were interested to learn that the shapes of pollen differed by plant. Parents were also surprised to learn that these crystals are what causes itchiness when eating or touching the yam.

Children check pollen samples after examining them with the microscope
Children check pollen samples after examining them with the microscope

Needle-shaped calcium oxalate crystals contained in Chinese yam (these are the cause of itchiness when in contact with skin)
Needle-shaped calcium oxalate crystals contained in Chinese yam (these are the cause of itchiness when in contact with skin)

Electron Microscope Booth at the Youth Science Festival 2017

The Science Museum (Tokyo)
2017/7/29-30

The national Youth Science Festival features a large number of demonstration booths run by teachers from across Japan, as well as stage events, outdoor shows, and student-run research presentations.
Tokyo's Youth Science Festival is the largest event of its kind, receiving an enormous number of visitors each year.
Hitachi High Technologies has run an electron microscope booth there since 2014, and this year around 250 children and students were able to discover the world of electron microscopes across the two-day event.
This year, employees from Hitachi High Technologies, who are trained in handling electron microscopes, showed off what household items like spices, insects, paper, and pencil leads look like at the microscopic level. This had been a mystery to the children and students until they saw it through the microscope.

Students poring over the sample specimens to observe
Students poring over the sample specimens to observe

The children and students who experienced this world were amazed at what they saw, saying things like "I had no idea it looked like this!" One of the employees guiding them remarked that "I was nervous when the event got started, but when I saw all the children's smiling faces, I started to have fun too, it really energized me."

Children glued to the electron microscope image
Children glued to the electron microscope image

Visit and Class Session Held at Yulcheon High School in Korea

Yulcheon High School (Korea)
2017/7/20

A visit and class session was held with three classes of second-year students (90 students total) at Korea's Yulcheon High School.
This class session, devised by Hitachi High Technologies' Korean company, is held in schools around the company's location.
The class involved showing pre-made samples to students for observation and explaining what they were.
Students observed the minute structures of insects like ants and mosquitoes, as well as comparing the structure of an egg shell's outer and inner sides. Their focus was pointed squarely at the electron microscope images on display.
Hitachi High Technologies' Korean company will continue to work on new activities to support science education based on classroom needs.

Students attentively listening to an explanation of the observation samples
Students attentively listening to an explanation of the observation samples

Visit and Classroom Session at Matama Middle School, Oita Prefecture, in Collaboration with Nearby Elementary Schools

Matama Middle School (Oita prefecture)
2017/7/6

A visit and class session was held at Matama Middle School in Bungotakada, Oita prefecture. The session was attended by middle-school students from all three years, as well as year-six students from the nearby Matama and Usui elementary schools.
This visit was held as part of the school's "World Seminar" series devised by principal Yutaka Hiramatsu, who used to work at Hitachi. This session was held in collaboration with nearby elementary schools for the first time in the seminar series.
The class introduced electron microscopes to students, allowing them to observe samples they brought along. Seeing things like the pores that covered the surface of a strawberry's fruit clearly surprised them.
(The fleshy part of a strawberry, usually referred to as the fruit, is technically from a part of the plant called the "receptacle." The real "fruits" are the small seed-like growths on the outside.)
Reporters from the local newspaper and cable TV station came to cover the event, and one student remarked on how "twisted up" the edge of a pencil lead looked close-up.

Electron-microscope image of a broken-off pencil lead, observed in class
Electron-microscope image of a broken-off pencil lead, observed in class

The children and students who experienced this world were amazed at what they saw, saying things like "I had no idea it looked like this!" One of the employees guiding them remarked that "I was nervous when the event got started, but when I saw all the children's smiling faces, I started to have fun too, it really energized me."

Electron-microscope image of a strawberry fruit, observed in class
Electron-microscope image of a strawberry fruit, observed in class

Visit and Classroom Session at Aso Gakuen Elementary School, Fukuoka Prefecture

Aso Gakuen Elementary School (Fukuoka prefecture)
2017/7/4

A visit and class session was held with fifth- and sixth-year students at Aso Gakuen Elementary School in Fukuoka prefecture.
The theme of this session was "Why doesn't it hurt when you're bitten by a mosquito?" Students used worksheets to help them follow the scientific process, from the original question to the hypothesis, observations, investigations, and new discoveries.
Children came up with their own original hypotheses, then used the teacher's guidance and images from the electron microscope to verify their guesses. They were surprised by the results.
In the second half, children got to observe plant leaves, fruits, insects, and other things they brought in, experiencing the microscopic world inside the things around them.
We will continue to work on new activities to support science education based on classroom needs

Children writing their hypotheses on worksheets
Children writing their hypotheses on worksheets

Children focused on images from the electron microscope
Children focused on images from the electron microscope

Electron microscope image of an Asian tiger mosquito used in class
Electron microscope image of an Asian tiger mosquito used in class