On August 31, the Sony Science Program for Girls was held at the Science Festival at Ochanomizu University. This program is targeted at female junior high and high school students, and provides them with an opportunity to experience the enjoyment of Monozukuri while interacting with female engineers who work at Sony. This program has been designed with the objective of getting these young students to take an interest in engineering as a potential future occupation. On this occasion, staff from Sony/Taiyo Corporation (*1) also participated as assistant lecturers at the Inclusion Workshop. We hope that our participants on the day were able to deepen their understanding of diversity & inclusion (*2) by experiencing Monozukuri together, regardless of whether or not they have a disability. Let's take a look at some of the scenes from the workshop that day.
*1: Sony/Taiyo Corporation is a special subsidiary company of Sony Corporation, where sixty percent of the employees are physically or mentally challenged in some way. Their plant performs all stages of production, from the design phase through to the manufacture and after-sales service of microphones and other small devices in Japan. Incorporating a wide range of universal design ideas, from equipment through to various systems, the company has successfully created an environment in which anyone can work in the same way, regardless of whether they have a disability.
*2: Respecting the individual differences between each person as part of their unique character, and the ability to create new concepts through a lively mutual exchange of ideas.
In creating their optical communications devices, the students began by practicing how to solder under the guidance of the staff. For many of the students, it was their first experience with soldering.
Next, they were ready to begin making the body of their device. They began by cutting copper sheets using a paper pattern as a guide, and then attached the copper to two kinds of substrate: the transmitter and the receiver.
Following their circuit diagrams, the students next soldered various components, such as resistors, transistors, and capacitors, to their substrates. Everyone was intently focused on their work.
After soldering, just a few steps remain until completion. The finished electronic circuits are mounted in the case, and an LED is set in the transmitter. Almost there!
The power was switched on. After some nervous anticipation, everyone was relieved when the LED was illuminated.
A resounding cheer was heard around the classroom when the light was directed to the receiver, producing sound!
The Sony Science Program for Girls was designed to enable participants to experience the fun of science and Monozukuri, as well as to interest them in choosing engineering as a profession. Although the workshop was only for a brief duration, we feel that by providing the opportunity to create a device that uses optical communications technology, which is used in many familiar consumer electronics devices, the junior and high school students who participated were able to get a glimpse of what it would be like to become an engineer, and may consider this as a career choice in the future. Through this Science Program, Sony will continue to demonstrate the fun and appeal of science and Monozukuri to the engineers of the future.