Write a program. Write a love letter to the future.
The event on Saturday, February 29,
It will be postponed after April.
Everyone who was looking forward to it,
I am very sorry.
See below for details.
We were planning to hold the event on February 29, but we have decided to postpone it after April this year. We apologize for the sudden contact. In response to a request from the government on February 27 for a request for temporary closure of elementary schools across the country, Nagoya City, the venue for the event, decided to take a look at the situation where elementary schools are being closed.
ROBOHON has already comee Aichi Prefecture, and I was looking forward to seeing all the staff. However, when the effects of this series of new coronaviruses converged and became warmer, it was concluded that it would be best to be able to participate more comfortably.
I would be grateful if you could give me a little time in order to meet everyone more happily and to have a better time. We will continue to do our best for children in the future.
Nishijima Seminar, Faculty of Letters, Chukyo University
It’s a special robot education event, held irregularly,
that offers fun programing lessons and gives opportunities to consider
why learning about programming is important.
Outside of Japan, there is a field of study called Techno-Anthropology that considers technology from a philosophical point of view. One example is in Denmark, where citizens held votes on the theme of, “Is it OK to fire cleaning workers if a robot cleaner is installed?” That’s because introducing new technologies does not always make society a happier place. Sometimes what is best for systems is not what is best for the world.
It is important for societies to consider not “technology” and “society” needs separately, but a combination of what is best for technology and society together. We hope that our robot school will be useful for bringing greater happiness to people in the future.
Aichi is the top prefecture in Japan for robots (in terms of the number of robot companies*1). With its traditional culture of making things, it fully supports not only automobiles, aviation, and aerospace, but Japan’s innovative robotics. From October 8 to 11, 2020, the World Robot Summit 2020 will be held at Aichi Sky Expo, which is directly accessible from Centrair International Airport. The Japanese government is aiming to make Japan the world's leader in robot utilization, and Aichi is also applying its potential to make this happen throughout the prefecture. By sharing the importance and the fun of robot programming with elementary school students in the Tokai region (which includes Aichi), we hope to invigorate both Aichi and the entire area.
Even if they had opportunities to meet world robot scientists, most robot developers in Japan started studying because they watched anime such as Doraemon, Astro Boy, and Mobile Suit Gundam and thought, “I want to create that kind of world.” This means there are many new worlds that have opened from fields such as anime, manga, and video games, which are usually not associated with studying. From another view, learning about robot programming can also lead to other important discoveries. We hope everyone will continue to enjoy their interests and join us in learning about robot programming.
The purpose of attending this school is not only to learn how to make robots and get better at programming. The main purpose is to discover a fun world for the future through robots.
Nishijima first began studying robots from the age of 41. From there, he quickly became a robot expert. That means elementary school students can easily overtake him if they are serious about their goals. Before reaching that age, Nishijima sold TV commercial proposals to television stations, made commercials, TV programs and films, and worked on various kinds of events. His university major was “Family Communications.” It wasn’t a scientific field, and it had nothing to do with his work. But seeing the increasing diversity in modern society, he realized that there were important perspectives and discoveries he could make as a non-expert.
What kind of things do you like to do? We are sure that if you keep working at them, someday the things you like could bring about a wonderful future for everyone.
After living in Tokyo for forty years, Nishijima moved to Aichi to begin teaching at a university. There he was surprised to learn about the historical attractions and delicious foods in Aichi and its neighboring prefectures, Gifu and Mie. But most of all, he was thrilled to be surrounded by so many warm and kind people. He wanted to give something back, so he came up with this idea for a robot programming school.
Nishijima has come this far thanks to the support of many colleagues, friends and students. But as a means of giving back to the community, he is funding this event entirely on his own. That is why it will be held irregularly. There may be some shortcomings along the way, so he appreciates your understanding. However, he is thankful every day for the warm support he has received. This will be different from the usual robotics lesson, but we hope all participants have fun learning with us.
|Event Dates||February 29 and March 1, 2020|
|Target||A pair of elementary school 4th to 6th graders and one guardian (2 persons). Those who can participate on both days.
* In the case of a large number of applicants, it will be a lottery. The meeting time and place will be sent to the participants.
* We shoot on the day and broadcast it as a TV program at a later date. Limited to those who can understand the shooting.
|Pattern 1 : 90 participants in all programs for 2 days Add 90 parents. 180 people in total
Pattern 2 : 160 participants only March 1st lecture Add 160 parents. 320 people in total
* You can't choose either. We will tell you the result of the lottery.
* The announcement of the participation decision will be returned by sending the participation information e-mail. We will send the email about February 15, 2020.
|Fees||All events are free of charge.|
|Over the two days, we will shoot for broadcasting as a program on Nagoya TV. Therefore, you may be asked to take a picture with a camera or respond to interviews. As mentioned above, it is a qualification to participate if you understand these. We can only reach at most 250 elementary school students in the last two days alone. I want to convey this to the Tokai area as part of creating various opportunities without ending this event alone. Please understand.|
＜February 29 event details @ Nagoya Broadcasting Network building＞
BOYS AND MEN, the Tokai area idol group, will lend their full support. After a dance performance by the members of BOYS AND MEN, the participating students and their guardians will program a RoBoHon to do the same kind of dance moves. When this is completed, BOYS AND MEN, the RoBoHons, and everyone will dance together! A simple programming language will be used, so even first-time programmers can do it. At the end, we will hand out an “idea sheet” for participants to think about by the next day. (The event will be held three times with 30 participants each. Please understand that participation times cannot be requested.)
＜March 11 morning event details @ Chukyo University Yagoto Campus＞
In the morning, we will discuss with the students of Chukyo University, "Why should we learn programming?" Using the completed idea sheet. Programming is just a tool for creating a happy future. Doraemon's tools are often tough because they use them incorrectly, right? It is not your tools but your thoughts that make society happy. We carry out a workshop to think about "why learn?" Which is one of the few robot classrooms.
＜March 11 afternoon event details @ Chukyo University Yagoto Campus＞
In the afternoon, after the talk of the organizer Nishijima, Robohon's creator, Project Associate Professor Takahashi of the University of Tokyo, will come from Tokyo to give a special lecture. In addition, a talk session will be held with four people, including idols. Looking back on the robot classroom from the previous day. As a summary, "What should we do through programming to answer the unanswered questions overflowing in society?" And "What is the necessary technology now from the ideal of the future?" , We want to create opportunities to think.
|Organizer||Nishijima Laboratory, Faculty of Letters, Chukyo University
Yorichika Nishijima ( Nagoya TV "Up!" Regular Commentator / Teacher of Chukyo University / Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry "World Robot Summit 2020 Executive Committee Member )
|Cooperation||Nagoya TV / Chukyo University / SHARP / Fortune Entertainment / FORWARD INTERNATIONAL / JABURO / Pro-SPEC / AIST Design School|
|Support||Aichi Prefectural Office|