Nov 7, 2016

Academy Camp 2016 Summer "Study in the Future" 2

Working on an idea for an IoT application
Working on an idea for an IoT application

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

The term 2 of Academy Camp 2016 Summer "Study in the Future" was held from August 18 to 22, at Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC), Keio University, with 21 elementary and junior high school students from Fukushima.

In the term 2, we had "Human Rights for Robots Workshop" where we simulated a UN committee in year 2036 to discuss whether robots need to have human rights, "Cameras and Internet of Things" where we controlled cameras and sounds according to information from sensors, "Catch'em All! Enoshima Digital Orienteering" where we utilized the structures of "POKEMON GO" to explore Enoshima island, "Game de Education" where we played games for learning using artificial intelligence and so on with students from Future University Hakodate, "Drones : Secrets of Flying Robots" where we learned how drones fly and actually competed with one another with a relay race, and finally, we all, including the children and student volunteers, thought about our future with AI, robots and automation and how these will help realize our own dreams and presented our ideas to one another.

Very late at the first night of the camp, unfortunately, a girl fell off from the bunk bed, and broke her clavicle. After immediately visiting hospitals and getting diagnosed and treated, the injured child were taken back home before conclusion of the camp. Academy Camp takes this accident seriously, and will continue to work hard with the university to prevent such accidents from happening again.

While we ourselves need to learn more, we hope that the experiences in this camp gave the children chances to think about the upcoming changes in the society to which they can look forward.

From Staff Reflection Sheet - "Presents from the Children"

I myself could learn a lot of stuff during the camp, including the fun of playing with children and responsibility of looking after them. I have become to like children more. It was interesting to see the differences of children's attitudes and what they would talk about depending on their ages. In this camp, a girl was injured at the first night, which made me feel insecure first, but I could apply what I learned in the Pediatric Nursing class in reality, and I thanked that I learned in the Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care here in this university. A girl stayed in the same room with me game me a matching bracelet.

I would like to name the collection of all these episodes "Presents from the Children". Because I received many, including a real present.

- Reina (Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care, Keio University)

From a Parent

Thank you very much. Before saying "I'm home", my son said "I'm going to the winter camp, too". I felt that he had grown, having listened to him expressing different thoughts about the camp than before. In spite of the typhoon, children were brought back safely with fun memory, because of the efforts of your staff. Thank you very much once again.

Discussing robots' rights, representing a country
Discussing robots' rights, representing a country
Presenting her idea of a trick using IoT tags
Presenting her idea of a trick using IoT tags
Seeing how stably she can stand
Seeing how stably she can stand
Playing a game by which they can learn
Playing a game by which they can learn
Controlling a flying drone to race
Controlling a flying drone to race

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Oct 26, 2016

Academy Camp 2016 Summer "Study in the Future" 1

Driving the running drone
Driving the running drone

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

The term 1 of Academy Camp 2016 Summer "Study in the Future" was held from August 5 to 9, at Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC), Keio University, with 22 elementary, junior high and high school students from Fukushima (1 from Chiba). There was only one high-school-student participant, and she acted as a subleader in the camp.

In the term 1, we had "Artificial Intelligence Workshop" where we learned about game AI by experiences and actually played a game with one another using computers made out of paper (lecturer : Yoichiro Miyake-san from SQUARE ENIX), "Be an interpreter of various information" where we communicated shapes and faces to the visually impaired lecturer with words and sense of touch (lecturer : Shingo Morii-san from INTEC), a live performance of improvised comedy in which children also played roles (lecturers : 6-dim+), "Catch'em All! Enoshima Digital Orienteering" where we utilized the structures of "POKEMON GO" to explore Enoshima island, "Cognitive Technology" where we learned about deep learning and presented our ideas of useful AI applications (lecturer : Masanobu Takagi-san from IBM Japan), "Drones : Secrets of Flying Robots" where we learned how drones run and fly and actually competed with one another with a relay race (lecturer : Masaki Minami from Keio University and Academy Camp), and finally, we all, including the children and student volunteers, thought about our future with AI, robots and automation and how these will help realizing our own dreams and presented our ideas to one another.

We hope that the experiences in this camp gave the children chances to think about the upcoming changes in the society to which they can look forward.

From Staff Reflection Sheet - "Treasure Every Encounter"

What gave me the strongest impression in the camp was communication with other travellers during the orienteering in Enoshima. We didn't know what would happen until we started, but with all that, I think members (children) had a chance to know how fun it is to communicate with people.

If I must name the episode, you know, I would say "Treasure Every Encounter".

- Ryota Morikawa (Faculty of Education, Shizuoka University)

Dance to the rhythm of Zumba
Dance to the rhythm of Zumba
Playing a "computer as a card game"
Playing a "computer as a card game"
Communicating a face with the sense of touch
Communicating a face with the sense of touch
Improvising a play with a professional actor
Improvising a play with a professional actor
Exploring the Enoshima island
Exploring the Enoshima island

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Aug 1, 2016

Getting Ready for Academy Camp 2016 Summer

University Student Volunteers at Training
University Student Volunteers at Training

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

We will hold our first series of camps at SFC (Shonan Fujisawa Campus), Keio University, in Fujisawa City this summer, from where many student volunteers for our camps have come, and at which two of our directors work. The first term will be held through Aug.5-9, and the second term through Aug.18-22.

We have named the two camps "Study in the Future". But the future is what children will make. So what we hope is that those children from Fukushima will realize it through experiencing the challenges of researchers on the cutting edge as real attempts to make the future and knowing that they can be part of these challenges.

We hope that the children will feel the future in the making through many aspects of the camps. We will stay at a lodging facility that is part of SBC (Student-Built Camps) at SFC - university students have built the building, and they will continue to build a researchers town around the facility by themselves, with help of digital fabrication technology. We will hold many workshops in the themes of robotics, artificial intelligence, the Internet of things, and how they can change the world with these, as well as art and physical activities such as improvisation theatre and zumba dance workout. Also, we will go to Enoshima Island to have fun with an outdoor augmented reality game.

We are working hard in preparation of the camps where children will prepare for making the future by themselves.

THANK YOU FOR FUNDRAISING

We thank all contributions to fundraiser "The Mt. Fuji Challenge" - a climbing team of managers of a company is hiking up Mt. Fuji for raising funds for our cause. We appreciate the efforts very much.

In fact, as of writing this report, they are at Mt. Fuji right now, and we can see the mountain from SFC and our camp headquarters that is also located in Fujisawa City. We wish them the best.

The funds will be used for the summer camps "Study in the Future". The future is what we together will make.

Where We Will Stay - SBC (Student-Built Campus)
Where We Will Stay - SBC (Student-Built Campus)
One of Our Past Experiences with Drones and Robots
One of Our Past Experiences with Drones and Robots

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