Development and support for the next generation
Large numbers of engineers will be required to overcome various social issues and realize a prosperous society. In Japan, it has long been said that students are leaving science and engineering, and the shortage of technical personnel responsible for innovation risks dragging on the sustainable growth of society. In addition, there are a number of countries and regions overseas that lack enough primary education facilities, and require support to improve the learning environment.
The TechnoPro Group engages in educational activities for the next generation, such as creating opportunities for elementary, junior and senior high school students to learn about the fun of science and the appeal of science courses, and donating books to children in Asian countries.
Koshien Science Championship
Junior Koshien Science Championship
In 2011 Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) established the ‘Koshien Science Championship’ for high school students and the ‘Junior Koshien Science Championship’ for junior high school students, in an effort to ‘increase the number of science enthusiasts and grow the number of top scientists.’ It holds prefectural and national tournaments annually. Science loving pupils form teams and compete in a number of fields within science, mathematics, and ICT. There are currently more than 700 high schools nationwide participating in ‘Science Koshien Championships.’ The TechnoPro Group has been participating in planning these initiatives as a collaborative partner since 2017.
‘Mono-Coto Innovation,’ headed by CurioSchool, Inc. and sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, consists of junior and senior high school companies collaborating with companies and across generations to create as yet unseen breakthrough ideas and prototypes, and in the process compete in problem discovery, problem solving, and originality. The TechnoPro Group is in accordance with the vision of this initiative and endorses its activities.
Special career classes for high school students
In Japan, many young people make the important career choices between ‘Humanities’ or ‘Sciences’ when they are in their first year of high school, but end up deciding based on the subjects they like or dislike and whether their grades are good or bad. In some cases there is evidence of insufficient information about work or career plans.
The TechnoPro Group works with a number of high schools to help with some of their career guidance lectures and to support future career choices.
TechnoPro Kids Science
As an opportunity for elementary school students to experience the joys and wonders of science, we hold ‘TechnoPro Kids Science,’ which conducts various scientific experiments at elementary schools in each region.
In collaboration with local PTAs and Boards of Education, TechnoPro Group engineers act as teachers and conduct experiments using chemicals, electricity, heat, and magnetic force. These experiment classrooms are operated in a hands-on format, where each child does not just watch, but actually physically operates the experiments with their own hands and body.
Participating in the Picture Book Delivery program
The Shanti Volunteer Association adds local language translation stickers to Japanese picture books so that children can read them, and delivers them to elementary schools in various countries and regions such as Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and other Southeast Asian areas. The SVA has operated the book delivery campaign since 1999.
The TechnoPro Group endorses this activity. As well as donating picture books, employees participate as volunteers in sticking on the local language stickers. In August 2019, employees produced picture books with their families at our headquarters in Roppongi Hills.