Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum to Hold "Autumn Study Festival"
Events to Include Class Taught by an MHI Rocket Engineer, Fun Science
Experiments and Puzzle Solving
Tokyo, Oct 2, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - On October 26 (Sat) and 27 (Sun) the
Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum in Yokohama will host an "Autumn
Study Festival" organized to enable children to learn enjoyably about
aerospace and rocketry through study sessions, science experiments, puzzles and
other fun events. The two-day festival is conducted in collaboration with
Chuman Gakuin, one of Japan's leading cram school chains. A total of 10
diverse events will be held, including a special class taught by a rocket
engineer from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI).
The first "Autumn Study Festival in Minatomirai" took place in 2010.
Its inauguration represented the meshing of the overriding aim of the
Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum, which is to cultivate children's
interest in the sciences and manufacturing, and the primary goal of Chuman
Gakuin, which conducts a variety of hands-on study sessions designed for
children's enjoyment. This year's festival will be the fourth to
A highlight of this year's festival will be a science class on rockets
and man-made satellites conducted by an MHI rocket engineer. Teaching the class
will be an engineer from the company's Nagoya Guidance & Propulsion
Systems Works, where MHI manufactures the engines and other components for
Japan's large-scale H-IIA and H-IIB rockets. Children attending the class
will be given an introduction to various aerospace systems and equipment and
participate in an experiment involving liquid nitrogen.
Staff teaching science at Chuman Gakuin will conduct a class in which, using a
vacuum chamber and a self-made sound collector, a science experiment will
enable students to understand how a parabola antenna works. Newly added this
year will be an experiment-based science class for kindergarten students.
Festival participants will also be given the opportunity to try on a replica of
a spacesuit owned by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), used for
conducting extravehicular activities. Students and their accompanying family
members will also be able to take part in solving brain-teasing puzzles
specially developed by Chuman Gakuin.
The full listing of events to be included in this year's "Autumn
Study Festival" is as follows.
1) "Rockets and Satellites": a class conducted by an MHI rocket
2) "The Power of Parabola Antennas": an experiment targeted at
elementary school children (grades 3-6)
3) "Arithmetic and Scientific Discovery Team": science experiments
and puzzle solving for kindergarten children and their guardians
4) "Let's Wear a Spacesuit!": an opportunity to try on a
spacesuit just like the real thing
5) "Puzzle Playground": fun solving brain-teasing puzzles
6) "Understanding Celestial Bodies": a short class by a Chuman
Gakuin instructor using an interactive whiteboard
7) "Language & Arithmetic Class": a class designed to improve
both reading and arithmetic skills
8) "Speed Reading": a short lesson in speed reading, using paper
and a computer
9) "Solar System Adventure": a specially created program shown on a
360-degree screen in a chamber theater
10) "Guided Tour of the Aerospace Zone": a tour introducing the MRJ
(Mitsubishi Regional Jet), Japan's first passenger jet (now under
development by MHI), and rockets made in Japan
Note: Items 4-10 are included in the Museum entrance fee and no advance
reservations are required.
Chuman Gakuin, established in 1954, is a chain of cram schools providing
educational guidance to students at the elementary, middle school and high
school levels. It operates 157 classrooms primarily in Kanagawa Prefecture.
Besides developing children's learning capabilities and cultivating
excellent human resources, Chuman Gakuin proactively undertakes events that
promote hands-on learning: for example, overnight nature study trips and book
report presentations. Its involvement in the "Autumn Study Festival"
program is part of those activities.
The Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum was opened in Yokohama in June
1994 with the dual aims of promoting exchanges with the local community and
fostering interest in the sciences and technology. The museum has six zones
(Environment/Energy, Aerospace, Ocean, Transportation, Daily Life Discovery and
Technology Quest) that use real items, mockups, videos, explanatory panels,
etc. to introduce MHI's newest technologies and products in an
easy-to-understand way. In October 2012 the cumulative number of visitors to
date reached 2 million. The museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary in June
2014. Recently the entrance area underwent a complete renovation and the museum
shop was enhanced with an expanded selection of original items.
[Outline of Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum]
Location: Mitsubishijuko Yokohama Building, 3-1, Minatomirai 3-chome,
Mobile site: http://museum.mobile.mhi.co.jp
Access: 3-minute walk from Minatomirai Station on the Minatomirai Subway
8-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station on the JR Negishi Line or
Yokohama Subway Line
Open hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (admission until 4:30 p.m.)
Closed days: Mondays (Tuesday, when Monday is a national holiday)
Fee: 500 yen for adults
300 yen for junior and senior high school students
200 yen for elementary school students
100 yen discount per person for groups of 10 or more people
Admission is free for elementary school, junior and senior high school and
university field trip visits, provided a reservation is made in advance.
Chuman Gakuin's festival website (in Japanese only):
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one
of the world's leading heavy machinery manufacturers, with consolidated
sales of 2,820.9 billion for the year ended March 31, 2012. MHI's diverse
lineup of products and services encompasses shipbuilding, power plants,
chemical plants, environmental equipment, steel structures, industrial and
general machinery, aircraft, space rocketry and air-conditioning systems. For
more information, please visit the MHI website at www.mhi.co.jp.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
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