Based on HORIBA's wish to show children how interesting and important the science of measurement is, in 1994 the company started a program in which it enlisted employees to give talks at schools and events. HORIBA employees demonstrate scientific truths using ordinary objects and materials from daily life and show students how plants and animals use their sensory capabilities, with the thought that some of these students may go on later in life to work with analytic technology. In 2018, we held 41 seminars, for a total of 1,205 participants.
Founded by Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi, honorary professor of the Tokyo Institute of Technology and a Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine in 2016, the Ohsumi Frontier Science Foundation organizes an opportunity for children and students to meet face-to-face with leading-edge researchers twice a year, out of the sincere wish to help younger generations understand the fun and importance of basic science. In July 2019, its third gathering was held in Kyoto for the first time, where HORIBA engineers shared the joy of “measurement” with eager students.
We hope that this unique experience of learning about leading-edge science directly from researchers and engineers will kindle interest in science among many students, who may then go on to seek a research/engineering career in the future.
The Kansai University Senior High School holds an annual SDGs Forum, a special class on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as part of its “inquiry learning.” HORIBA supports this educational opportunity by organizing a working session.
At the last session, students each chose a topic of main interest from the 17 sustainable development goals to engage in a discussion relating to their chosen topic with people from supporting businesses and organizations. HORIBA will remain committed to supporting such initiatives, with the hope that the younger generations of this country will take the lead in realizing a sustainable society and play an active role in the global arena.
Since 2011, HORIBA has worked with students from the School of Management at Tokyo University of Science in order to carry out the Cultural Interface (CI) Project, which aims to achieve exchanges and collaboration between businesses and universities.
Based on an idea the students put forward as a 2014 project theme, "Measurement Notebooks" were realized as a joint production program between HORIBA and the University's students.
"Measurement Notebooks" consist of teaching materials that enable children in the upper grades of elementary school to measure many things around them and to record the results of such measurement according to the textbook's nine themes.
We hope that this project will enable children to learn the importance and joy of measurement through real-life experience as well as to help them refine their sensitivity and arouse their curiosity.
We give the children who participate in our Environmental Delivering Class a Measurement Notebook. This notebook originated with an idea from students in the School of Management at the Tokyo University of Science; we developed it jointly with them during their 2014 project called the Cultural Interface Project (CI Project), which aimed to achieve exchanges and collaboration with businesses. The target users are fifth and sixth graders of elementary schools. The notebook provides nine themes and prompts students to measure various things around them and record the results.
Through the practical experience of measuring, we hope children learn about the importance of and experience the fun of measuring. We also hope to help them develop sensitivity and curiosity.
Since 2006, based on a wish to further stimulate children's interest in manufacturing, HORIBA has annually supported "The Toy Contest in KYOTO" sponsored by the Kyoto City board of education, where children attempt to create the best moving toys to win the grand prize. In this contest, which aims to cultivate children's creativity, initiative, and sociability, fourth- to sixth-grade elementary school students enter with moving toys that they have made themselves (toys designed after race cars) and compete with one another in terms of speed, distance, motion, design, and so on. Among other supporting companies, which grant awards, HORIBA offers the HORIBA, Ltd. Award, which recognizes excellent design, an indispensable element of manufacturing.
The Kyoto Manabi no Machi Ikikata Tankyukan ("Kyoto City of Learning Career Education Center") was established by the Kyoto City Board of Education through business-academic-government collaboration in 2007 to provide career education to elementary school children and junior high school students so as to foster their perspectives on work and occupations. Dr. Masao Horiba, the founder of HORIBA, Ltd., became the first director. He later served as the honorary director from 2010 to 2015.
The center features the Kyoto Monozukuri no Dendou ("Kyoto Monozukuri Hall of Fame") as a permanent exhibition. Panel displays and interactive demonstration booths introduce the latest technologies as well as the efforts and passions of founders and scientists of Kyoto-based monozukuri companies (17 manufacturers).
The HORIBA booth introduces the story of how Dr. Masao Horiba founded the company and features an interactive demonstration of temperature measurement using a radiation thermometer. At the center's Monozukuri Kobo ("Monozukuri Studio"), participating companies teach practical monozukuri lessons. For example, current and former HORIBA employees teach how to create a thermometer. We will continue to actively collaborate in preparing displays and providing workshop classes with the hope of helping children deepen their thoughts about their future and dreams and to become motivated to achieve their dreams by exposure to the latest technologies as well as the ways of life and passions of founders of Kyoto-based monozukuri companies.
Every year, HORIBA Instruments (Singapore) collaborates in the international training program for Kyoto-based public senior high school students.
In this program, students obtain opportunities to communicate with expats and local employees through poster sessions and a business self-introduction lesson conducted in English. This is a very popular program. By continuing to actively engage in these activities, we hope to increase the number of human assets with global capabilities.
Every year, Kyoto holds the Motto Genki na Kyoto Junior Ikusei Jigyou 'Yume & Mirai' Sports Taiken Jigyo ("Kyoto Junior Athlete Development Project 'Dream & Future': Sports Lesson Project"). This project provides children with an opportunity to receive instruction in sports directly from top athletes and front-line coaches in competitive sports. Under this project, athlete-employee Yuki Hayashi (Legal Division, HORIBA, Ltd.) teaches an archery lesson. As an Olympian who competed at the Beijing and Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, she creates opportunities for local children to get to know archery and explains its appeal by sharing her own experience.