Kanagawa Institute of Technology x Asuha Conducted “SDGs x Science Experiment Class” to think about the ri chness of the ocean and the problem of plastic waste

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[Kanagawa Institute of Technology x Asuha] Conducted “SDGs x Science Experiment Class” to think about the richness of the ocean and the problem of plastic waste
Asuha Co., Ltd. (located in Minato-ku, Tokyo, President and CEO Takaaki Yamashita), which operates more than 500 after-school clubs (after-school day care centers), children’s centers, child-rearing support centers, etc. across the country, announced on July 26th, We held the “SDGs x Science Experiment Class” in collaboration with Professor Takeki Takamura of Kanagawa Institute of Technology. This time, the second time, we collected plastic trash from the coast and provided the children with an opportunity to think about the richness of the ocean and the global environment through experiments and crafts.
[Image 1: https://prtimes.jp/i/45351/400/resize/d45351-400-2859777E1E72F5F5F1-0.jpg &s3=45351-400-1e54673F6555555555555555527350 -2018×1346.jpg] What is “SDGs x Science Experiment Class”?
The “SDGs x Science Experiment Classroom” was started at the end of last year with the aim of letting children experience the fun of science through experiments, as well as allowing the children who will lead the next generation to experience the SDGs while having fun. . Professor Takamura of the Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Kanagawa Institute of Technology will serve as a lecturer, providing opportunities for elementary school students to enjoy science experiments and hands-on experiences.
Kanagawa Institute of Technology and our company are registered as Kanagawa Prefecture’s “Kanagawa SDGs Partners,” which led to the realization of this collaborative project.
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How we came to this theme
It is estimated that 8 million tons of plastic waste enters the ocean every year around the world. In particular, microplastic waste, defined as fragments of 5 mm or less, is difficult to collect due to its small size, and it is not clear how it will affect living things and humans. We planned this class with the hope of providing an opportunity for children, who are familiar with the ocean, to think about protecting the richness of the ocean for a sustainable future. (Reference: Ministry of the Environment “Recent trends regarding marine debris”)
Situation of the day
In the morning, 12 children in grades 1 to 5 of elementary school who use Kamakura City’s after-school club “After School Kamakurakko Inamura Gasaki” gathered at Yuigahama Beach. Together with older brothers and sisters from Kanagawa Institute of Technology, the children picked up plastic trash of various sizes. Even if the coast looks clean at first glance, if you look carefully with a colander or tweezers, you’ll find a lot of trash.
[Image 2: https://prtimes.jp/i/45351/400/resize/d45351-400-da5528d86c869a4b167f-1.jpg&s3=45351-400-571d44c692458d006864f3f682d72eda-3900×2600.jpg] Children’s comments included, “I was surprised at how much trash there was,” and “Microplastic trash is smaller than ants, so it’s hard to find.” Everyone collected a colander full of trash and took it back to the afterschool club.
After returning to the club, the collected trash is washed and sorted by type. Professor Takamura explained that plastic waste thrown into rivers washes up on the coast, and that even on the same coast, the types and sizes of waste vary depending on where they are collected.
[Image 3: https://prtimes.jp/i/45351/400/resize/d45351-400-ef36d4be4e4b131df49c-1.jpg&s3=45351-400-5bb31f661666dd72ceb6713dc0c0feab-3900×2600.jpg] In the afternoon, we finally started experimenting with plastic waste. First, the professor explained that there are multiple types of plastic, some that float in water and some that sink. We checked whether the plastic garbage we had picked up would float or sink in water.
[Image 4: https://prtimes.jp/i/45351/400/resize/d45351-400-f98e2bc24d6a0ce1cb0f-3.jpg&s3=45351-400-8c5a618d1451261f62d29da6de191be9-3900×2600.jpg] The children then made crafts using pieces of plastic waste. Choose your favorite shape, such as a star or diamond, and fill it with plastic waste. It was impressive to see how they worked hard to lay out the pieces, paying close attention to the combination of colors and shapes.
[Image 5: https://prtimes.jp/i/45351/400/resize/d45351-400-12f7d8fe90f1f3e2e9a5-3.jpg&s3=45351-400-d6a4b98734d6425036eb311e77c9dfd4-3900×2600.jpg] Once the flooring is complete, pour in the resin and harden it with a UV light to create a colorful key chain. The children seemed very happy to see that the plastic waste had been turned into original and wonderful keychains.
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Professor Takamura said, “Through today’s experience, we explained to the children what kind of garbage is in the ocean and where plastic garbage comes from.The children learned that plastic is not evil and that they should try to reduce plastic garbage.” I would be happy if they could have it.”
Kanagawa Institute of Technology and Asuha will continue to hold the “SDGs x Science Experiment Class” and provide opportunities for children who will lead the next generation to think about the fun of science and a sustainable future.
[Image 7: https://prtimes.jp/i/45351/400/resize/d45351-400-aacae0af4e6f36dd20c4-3.jpg&s3=45351-400-fa7c301a3d2c82d5adb3dc2fdb196054-3900×2600.jpg] About Asuha Co., Ltd.
At Asuha, with the motto “Make A Smile!”, we aim to help create smiles for children, families raising children, and everyone in the community, so we have established an after-school children’s club (after-school day care center), an after-school children’s classroom, a children’s center, and a children’s center. We operate childcare support centers and public facilities (gender equality centers, elderly welfare halls, community centers, etc.). As the environment surrounding children and families changes dramatically, it is necessary for society as a whole to support children’s own “ability to grow” and the “ability to nurture” families. From the
perspective that child-rearing support is needed not only for families with working parents, but for all families raising children, we support families raising children throughout the region, not just after-school child care for children who are away from home. I am putting effort into moving forward. [Asuha Co., Ltd.] ~ Nurturing children’s tomorrow and supporting today ~ President and Executive Officer: Takaaki Yamashita Head office location: 10F PMO Tamachi II, 4-13-3 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0014 Established: October 1992 Business details : Management of school children, children’s centers, and public facilities URL: https://ashita-ba.co.jp/
[Soshioak Group] Trade name: Soshioak Holdings Co., Ltd. – We want to be a tree that coexists with society – Representative: Takashi Okuma Address: 10F PMO Tamachi II, 4-13-3 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0014 Established: 2013 October Business details: Holding company with operating companies that operate food services, childcare support services, vehicle operation management services, and public businesses Group companies: Hagakure Yushin Co., Ltd. / Socio Food Service Co., Ltd. / Asuha Co., Ltd. / Ashitaba Co., Ltd. Mind / Mitsuba Community Co., Ltd. / Teshio Yume Farm Co., Ltd. / Leaf Support Co., Ltd. / Cook Service Co., Ltd. / Yours Ever Co., Ltd. / New Step Co., Ltd. / Heart Corporation Co., Ltd. / Heart Corporation Metropolitan Area Co., Ltd. / Stocks Company Kenei URL: https://www.socioak.com
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