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 provide hands-on classes with the theme of “Measuring is Seeing”. We hope that some of these students may go on later in life to work with analytic technology. In 2019, we held 45 seminars, for a total of 2,543 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 and the National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Maizuru College have co-sponsored "Engineering Design Exercises" for students of the college. As part of the NIT program designed to utilize the experience of corporate engineers, etc., this annual event provides the students with opportunities in a classroom setting to learn about HORIBA's business process from product development to shipment, with the aim of offering them a preview of practical training given by private enterprises. As they listen attentively to lectures and try their hand at making things, it is hoped that the students will grow interested in manufacturing and choose engineering as a career.
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, 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.