By: Saiko Yamazaki
Communications Section (Marketing Dept.)
"Japan High School Science Championships" (JHSSC) is hosted by the Government's Science and Technology Institution - Japan Science and Technology Agency (Called JST) and sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. JST also serves as a strategic partner of the Science Olympiad in the US (http://www.soinc.org/). JHSSC was designed based on the Science Olympiad. 47 finalist teams from all over Japan, who had won the prefectural tournaments, participated in the national convention on March 23 and 24 at Hyogo Sports Center. The winning team obtains a chance to compete at the Science Olympiad National Tournament 2013, which will be held on May 17 and 18 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
Dr. Eiichi Negishi (Prof. at Purdue Univ. and a Nobel Prize Laureate) is an official supporter of this event.
This event aims at motivating high school students talented in the field of science (biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, mathematics, and information technology) to compete against each other in these various fields. "Co-operation" among team members is also highly encouraged from educational point of view. Under excellent teamwork, students challenged the written and practical exams such as lab experiment, computer programming, solar car development, etc. The winner of the competition is determined by each team's overall score which includes written and practical forms. All events require teamwork, group planning and cooperation among students.
UL Japan award and Hyogo Prefectural Governor Award were presented to Senior High School at Komaba, University of Tsukuba (Tokyo), the third prize winner of the total score. This team also marked the highest score in written exam.
UL Japan decided to become a partner of this event because, through the active participation of different enterprises the Japan Science and Technology Agency, aims to cultivate top-level science and technology students. UL Japan is thankful for the great support from UL's Public Safety Officer - Gus Schaefer and Global Manager of Corporate Citizenship, Jane Coen as we believe this CSR activity is closely related to "our mission."
You can see the following video (in Japanese) which introduces this event well. http://hyogoch.jp/channel/programview/id/861/