On August 9, MHI employees taught a "Summer Vacation Junior Science Class" at the Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works attended by 25 students in grades five through eight at schools in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Science classes of this kind have been held at schools in various locations throughout Yamaguchi annually for 31 years, aimed at deepening the local children's interest in science and technology. The event is organized in cooperation with Yamaguchi University, the Yamaguchi Prefectural Board of Education, Yamaguchi Industrial Promotion Foundation, and local business corporations, with MHI cooperating again this year. The topic was to make a boat that travels fast, and in the accompanying workshop the students were taught how to make a "pop-pop boat" that runs on steam.
The class was taught by eight young employees from the Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works. It began with an introduction to the products manufactured at the site and the processes by which a ship is built. Next, the children were divided into groups and began constructing their own pop-pop boats. With advice from the teachers on how to build a boat that will travel straight, they gradually improved their designs. Finally, the children placed their completed pop-pop boats in water and, with great excitement, a race was held for each group.
After the workshop, the children were given a tour of the shipyard and its museum. Here, the children were able to see "monozukuri"-the traditional Japanese concept of craftsmanship-in action and learn about the history of ships.
Going forward, MHI Group will continue to convey the fun and enjoyment of science to children through monozukuri as part of our way of making contributions to our local communities and supporting the development of the next generation.