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.
To conclude the workshop, the students performed some experiments using their newly-completed communications devices. They deepened their understanding of the mechanism of optical communications by performing various experiments, such as whether sound could still be produced when the light was blocked, or when a mirror was used to reflect the light. They were further able to modify the volume of the sound, and the distance from which the light could reach the device, by switching to infra-red light or a laser. An easy-to-understand explanation on the mechanism for converting sound to light, and vice versa, was accompanied by Sony/Taiyo staff members communicating with sign language. Some of the students were observed taking notes during the explanation, and it was clear that the participants approached their involvement seriously.
At the end of the day, all participants were issued with a certificate to mark the completion of the Handmade experiments in optical communications workshop. Although the Sony Science Program for Girls was held on the last day of their summer vacation, all the girls looked happy with their achievements, and proudly held on to the optical communications devices they created. They all looked as though they had enjoyed their Monozukuri experience and felt a sense of fulfillment.
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.