Education for Young People
Exhibited at the Youngsters' Science Festival (Japan)
In November 2015, Epson's Chitose Plant in Japan exhibited at the Youngsters' Science Festival held at the Chitose City Cultural Center. This event started in 1992 and it is held nationwide to enable children to experience the attraction of science.
It has been seven years since the event was held in Chitose. We presented projectors that use the three primary colors, red, green and blue and the 3LCD panel technology, home projectors, and a 3D augmented reality maze experience using the Moverio BT-200 smart glasses. Around 300 elementary school pupils and their families visited the exhibit. They were surprised and delighted when they encountered the immersive images enabled by Epson technology.
Epson International Scholarship Foundation Students Visit the Kanbayashi Plant (Japan)
Epson's foundations aim to promote education, technology, and culture, to engage in environmental activities, and to contribute to the development of local communities. In August 2015, 18 international students from Asian countries on scholarships from the Epson International Scholarship Foundation visited Epson's Kanbayashi Plant in Matsumoto, Nagano, for a factory tour.
The Kanbayashi Plant collects and recycles ink cartridges. The students were divided into two groups, alternately touring the plant and viewing exhibits about the recovery and recycling of ink cartridges. In the question and answer session, the students had many questions about Epson's recycling operations and future developments, reflecting their strong awareness and interest in environmental issues.
Support for Stargazing Extracurricular Activities (Japan)1
In July 2015, Epson participated in the stargazing extracurricular classes for 36 fifth graders of Nagano Prefecture's Takashima Elementary School at the Suwa Forest Learning Center as part of their science learning. We lent the group our Moverio BT-200 smart glasses, a wearable product, and sent four young technicians to support the stargazing.
Unfortunately it rained on the day, and the stargazing had to be done indoors. But by using Moverio with its see-through lenses, the children experienced a simulation of a star-filled sky. They moved around exclaiming "Wow, I've never seen anything like this! I can almost touch the stars."
1 The Moverio BT-200 is intended for ages from junior high school and older, but for these extracurricular lessons, our engineers were present to ensure safety, and time limits were set for use of the glasses.
Epson Information Science Vocational School (Japan)
Our society is increasingly built around information. To meet the needs of changing times, we established the Epson Information Science Vocational School in 1989. Its purpose is to develop technical personnel who are trusted by the community and can make wide-ranging contributions to society. As of March 2016, more than 2,500 persons have graduated from the college.
Most of the instructors are businesspeople or technical experts who have worked on the front lines of business. Even some of our own employees go out to the school to teach students. Classes are designed to ensure that students acquire technical skills they can put to practical use on the job. As a result of the school's efforts, we have made informal employment offers to 95% or more of each graduating class in the 27 years since it opened. The school continues to turn out a large number of persons who go to work in information technology, mechanics, electricity and electronics, and accounting.