As part of the "Life is Tech!" IT camp for junior and senior high school students, Sony held the one-day "MESH™ × Code Girls Science Program for Junior and Senior High School Girls" on Sunday June 19, 2016. Code Girls was an IT workshop designed to teach junior and senior high school girls about IT technologies such as programing and design, and enable them to experience for themselves just how interesting monozukuri is. Its aim was to increase the number of younger girls who are interested in joining the ranks of female engineers in the future by conveying to them an image of what it is like to work as engineers through interchanges with women in the profession.
The recent Code Girls event used MESH to set up various systems.
To give the participants a better idea of what Sony is all about, the program began by introducing Sony's initiatives in the area of diversity, together with its latest products, and showed them a video commemorating Sony's 70th anniversary. The afternoon started with a talk session involving female engineers. The junior and senior high school girls taking part listened intently to female engineers as they spoke about the joys of monozukuri, and advised them to use this enjoyment as an opportunity to learn and attempt more.
Using MESH, they put forward various ideas, including a system that senses whether a money box has been opened, and products that would enhance the experience of seeing live music at a concert. As they set them up and tried them out, the time flashed by. The day provided the participants with a golden opportunity to learn and become more conscious of Sony, and experience the joys of monozukuri.
This event consisted of making ideas a reality. More specifically, it took Sony's MESH (Make, Experience, SHare) platform, which embodies the current hot topic of devices incorporating IoT (the Internet of Things), and explores what can be created by linking everyday things via the internet. MESH responds to sound and movement. Sample applications include taking photographs when human body movements are sensed, and sending a notification to your smartphone if you forget to lock the door when you leave home. Using MESH allows you to create systems like this without requiring any knowledge about programing or electronic expertise.
This program aims to foster the skills to enable children - the future of society - to contribute to the creation of a better society by applying the power of science. It provides opportunities to participate in and make use of workshops, contests and other events, and content. The Sony Science Program for Girls was launched in 2014 to counter the relative lack of interest in science courses among girls and encourage more of them to become female engineers.
"Life is Tech!" covers programing, IT camps and schools for junior and senior high school students, and sponsors Code Girls.