Ritsumeikan High School
Science Zone
Participants will work together in mixed groups to complete tasks in one of seven different zones. On Days 1, 2 and 3, participants will work on some task, and on Day 5 the groups in each zone will hold a competition to see who has the best results.
Z-1 Robot Zone / Snake-like Robot
Dr. Atsushi KakogawaRitsumeikan University
How can a snake with no legs or feet and a body like a rope move smoothly? Here, after learning about the mechanism of how a real snake moves, we will ourselves drive or control a real robot snake. According to how we wriggle the body and how we bend the joints, the robot could move very awkwardly or very smoothly. Through this program we can experience the mysteriousness of creatures and the appeal of engineering.
Z-2 Electronic Zone / Ultra-small Computer
Dr. Takeshi KumakiRitsumeikan University
Do you have an interest in the latest ultra-small computer? You will probably think that size of personal computers are desktop or notebook. However, this ultra-small computer is smaller than the palm of your hand!! Moreover, performance of this computer is very high! If you join this class, you can experience what you cannot do at your school. You will try to build the ultra-small computer, connect to the Internet, make a graphical program and sense several information.
Z-3 Flight Zone / The Excitement of Flight!!!
Mr. Dale OliveWaiakea High School
In this science zone you will learn the principles of flight to make a foam plate glider land on a small landing strip. Next, you'll learn to program a Mambo quad copter to perform an aerial dance and test your flying skills on our drone racing course. Finally, you'll learn about Newtons laws of motion to make a straw rocket fly the furthest distance. Each team will compete in the four activities to earn the highest rank. The winner will be the team with best overall score.
Z-4 Agriculture Zone / Nutrients for Life-A Sustainable Farm Plan for Feeding the World
Mr. Bob Adamson/Mr. Kent Lewarne
Mrs. Jennifer MacGregor/Mrs. Jennifer Piasecki
Manitoba Canada
Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Development states: "The value of a farm can be measured in part by what it can produce in the future. Managing the land well and paying attention to the health of its water, soil and other natural resources will help it stay productive." In this agriculture case study, each group of students will test and analyze three soil samples and two water samples from the land they have been requested to “manage”. Based on their test results they will produce a farm management plan as their final project and make a formal presentation to all the Agriculture Zone and the commentators who will ultimately determine this year’s “Best Farm Plan”. The Farm Plan should include a two year rotation of crops from the select list provided and indicate the income and expenses of both “minimum inputs” and “optimum yield” management strategies. A marking grid (rubric) will be used by the commentators to select the “Best Farm Plan.”
Z-5 Biology Zone/ Plant Biology - the Ideal Leaf Shape
Dr. Mie Ichikawa/Ms. Natsuki KasamakiRitsumeikan High School
Plants cannot escape from environmental change by movement. Alternatively, to adapt to the surrounding environment, they change their transcription, metabolisms and sometime modify their structure such as leaves, root, and stem. If you hear the word “plant” what kind of plant do you imagine? You might imagine a “tree”, “weed”, “flowering plant”, “moss”, or “succulent plant”. They all have many survival features. For example, a succulent plant can live in a drought areas like a desert because their leaves are very thick to retain water. A submerged plant survives in water because their leaves are very thin to exchange CO2 efficiently. Plants have developed unique shaped leaves for effective photosynthesis and adaption strategies to survive in their environment. In this zone, we will not only observe the shape of leaves and the phyllotaxy of the plant that are common to specific areas, but also investigate the bilateral symmetry of the leaves by using a mathematical formula. And then, we will discuss further about the ideal leaf shape, size and phyllotaxy of a plant.
Z-6 Optical Zone / Art or Science ? -Optical Interference Pattern through Polarizer
Mr. Michio KijiRitsumeikan High School
Ordinary light vibrates in all directions, perpendicular to its direction of propagation, according to the wave theory. Polarizing filter has the ability to cut down the ordinary light passing through it, allowing only light which is vibrating in one direction perpendicular to its direction of propagation. This phenomenon provides significant optical information for the nature of the substances. Polariscope is the best highly effective instrument, which is very useful for the gem identification and manufacture (e.g., Pet bottle industry). You will make simple polariscope yourself. With this instrument, your team will have to find interesting optical interference patterns from various transparent substances and interpret the cause of them.
Z-7 Math Zone / Math Challenge!!
Mr. Koichiro HiromatsuRitsumeikan High School
In this year's Math Zone, we will have you get into groups of 4 or 5 people and work together on some math problems. The problems will be from a wide range of topics from computational problems to problems which test your analytical skills. However, none of the problems require knowledge of advanced mathematics. On the first day, you will learn about the Zone and about the problems you will work on. After that, you will split up into groups and start working on the problems. On the third day, you will hand in your answers, and on the fifth day, each group will make presentations of their answers.
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