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School of Fun for Children in Fukushima

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School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
From the last summer camp
From the last summer camp

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

We believe that we have always acted this way, but we have finally written it down. We have published our Child Safeguarding Charter as follows:

"We, the friends of Academy Camp, promise the following for our members (children participating in our programs):


1. Protect the members by giving their lives and health first priority.
2. Work to understand the goals they want to achieve, and help them achieve those goals themselves.
3. Provide equal opportunities to all members regardless of race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation or other physical or mental conditions.
4. We will do the individual care for each member necessary for the above.


We, the friends of Academy Camp, constantly train ourselves to improve the experiences we provide to satisfy the above, and to prepare against internal and external threats. We also treat all the children we meet outside the camp accordingly."

We have already shared this charter among our staff members by printing it on the staff manuals for the summer camps in August, and we decided to open it to public.

We have held a staff training camp in September in Tokyo for introspection/team-building workshops and fun. Some of the participants were student volunteers from Fukushima who joined our camps as members in the past.

Our next camp will be in March 2020. This time, we will come back to the venue by Lake Inawashiro, Fukushima prefecture. We hope that there will be a lot of playing and learning fun in the camp.

 

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From staff training camp - time for introspection
From staff training camp - time for introspection
From the last winter camp
From the last winter camp
From the last summer camp
From the last summer camp

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Improvised 2-Person Play
Improvised 2-Person Play

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

From August 12 to August 16, 2019, we held our second summer camp this year, the term 2 of Academy Camp 2019 Summer - REINVENT THE WORLD. The camp locations were Nojima Youth Training Center, Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, and Kanazawa-Hakkei Campus of Kanto-Gakuin University, all in City of Yokohama. 33 children from Fukushima joined the camp, including three high-school students as sub-leaders, the role for elder participants of Academy Camp to experience works of the camp staff.

This time, the theme of the camp was to think about Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 14 : Life below water. We applied design thinking techniques to our workshops so that the children could think about it in a designing point of view, and we also actually visited aquariums in Hakkeijima Sea Paradise to help their thinking.

At Sea Paradise, three children suffered from heat stroke and took a rest at the First Aid Center there. Fortunately, all three of them recovered quickly, and were able to return safely to the lodging at night. We thought we had paid enough attention to our health management, including hydration, but we learned a lesson, and will be more careful when holding summer camps.

We also invited actors group 6-dim+, as we always do in summer, to give an improvisation workshop and a live performance, where we laughed and laughed, and also learned a lot about the courage to face the unknown. We played Sociological Imagination Game to imagine lives in year 2050. We also made dumplings.

In the conclusive workshop, we thought about year 2050, when the world has succeeded in preserving the richness of the oceans, and asked the children to consider what words they would give to their children as adults (in the form of acronym essays). Here is one example of what came out: "See, the world is so huge! We preserved it because we didn't want you to see the world like garbages come flowing." (Initial characters of the sentences in Japanese form "SDGs".)

We surely hope that the children will be able to say something like that to their descendants.

Design Thinking Fun
Design Thinking Fun
Vote for Future : Sociological Imagination Game
Vote for Future : Sociological Imagination Game
At Sea Paradise
At Sea Paradise
Seeking Sustainable Living with Lives Below Water
Seeking Sustainable Living with Lives Below Water
A Group Photo at Kanto-Gakuin University
A Group Photo at Kanto-Gakuin University

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High-school student leading the exhibition
High-school student leading the exhibition

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

From August 2 to August 6, 2019, we held the first summer camp this year, the term 1 of Academy Camp 2019 Summer - REINVENT THE WORLD, in Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC), Keio University and TOKYO BIG SIGHT, where Maker Faire Tokyo 2019 was held. Twenty children from Fukushima and Miyagi (ones moved from Fukushima) joined the camp, including one high-school student as a sub-leader, the role for elder participants of Academy Camp to experience works of the camp staff.

As our previous report described, one of the objectives of this camp was to come back to Maker Faire, an event to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset" (Wikipedia), as makers (exhibitors) instead of visitors. We went from Fujisawa to Tokyo for two consecutive days for the event, where we exhibited a workshop called "Let's make rolling e-sports!", in which we improvised rules of e-sports using robotic balls, and played the games with the visitors (mainly children).

When we first came up with the idea of doing this, even our staff members were unsure if the children could take the responsible role as exhibitors. But the outcome was just fascinating. Our maker children were mostly autonomously taking care of the steady stream of visitor children, and the maker children enjoyed being exhibitors so much that they almost forgot time.

During the camp, we also visited Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation), played SIG (Sociological Imagination Game) being developed to imagine lives in year 2050, and enjoyed firework. Finally, we tried to reinvent the future by each drawing a roadmap to tell their own milestones towards year 2050, which we showed among one another to become witnesses - so that they are not just writings but promises.

We are glad that it looks as if the children are making a successful transition from visitors to makers of their own future.

"Maker" kid instructs a "visitor" kid how to play
"Maker" kid instructs a "visitor" kid how to play
We came back as MAKERS!!
We came back as MAKERS!!
Fireworks
Fireworks
Explains her "roadmap" to a witness
Explains her "roadmap" to a witness
Group photo at SFC, Keio University
Group photo at SFC, Keio University

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Will also think about life below water (SDG 14)
Will also think about life below water (SDG 14)

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

This summer, Academy Camp will hold two camps with more than 50 children from Fukushima altogether.

The first camp will be held at Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Keio University, in Fujisawa, west of Tokyo, and we will travel to Tokyo for two days during the camp to participate in Maker Faire Tokyo 2019 as exhibitors. We will improvise rules of e-sports with audience using robotic balls, and play with them, just as we did in our previous camp : Academy Camp 2019 Winter - Automation for Girls. We are very glad to come back to Maker Faire not as visitors, but as makers this time.

The second camp will be held at Nojima Youth Training Center, Yokohama, and we will travel to Hakkei-jima, a small island nearby with aquariums and other funs, to study Sustainable Development Goal 14 : life below water. We will extensively think about Sustainable Development Goals, especially in relation with oceanic lives. We will also have fun working with improvisation performers.

During the both camps, we will try out a game being designed to think how we can create society of year 2050. Our basic understanding is that children today are the makers of tomorrow, in this rapidly changing world. Let us close this report by introducing the title of our summer camps this year. It's Academy Camp 2019 Summer - REINVENT THE WORLD, and we really think that we should let children do that. It's their world.

CALL FOR DONATIONS

Thank you for always supporting us. At this time, we are barely able to hold the two summer camps in their minimal forms. To broaden the experiences of participants for them to become makers of tomorrow, and for us to become able to hold further camps in the next winter or spring, we need your help.

GlobalGiving is holding July 18th Bonus Day where donations of $100 or greater is matched on that day (from 9:00-23:59 ET) or as long as the funds last.

Donations $100 - $499 USD will be matched at 15%
Donations of $500 - $749 USD will be matched at 30%
Donations of $750 - $1,000 USD will be matched at 50%

Please take this great opportunity to further support us. We appreciate everything you have done and will do for children in Fukushima and Academy Camp.

Will play with robotic balls - with everyone
Will play with robotic balls - with everyone
Coming back this time not as visitors, but makers
Coming back this time not as visitors, but makers
We will be part of Maker Faire Tokyo 2019
We will be part of Maker Faire Tokyo 2019
Jump!
Jump!

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Throw your ball to where the focus of game moves
Throw your ball to where the focus of game moves

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

This is going to be our 9th summer, and we will hold two summer camps across Fujisawa, Yokohama and Tokyo in August this year, each calling for about 25 elementary, junior high and high school students from Fukushima and other areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster since March 2011. In the series of camps yet untitled for now, we will again set our focus onto the future the children today will have to face, while our basic belief is that they will decide by themselves how the world will look like when they grow up.

During the first camp, we will go to "Maker Faire Tokyo" where we visited last year, but this time, we are expecting to become something more than just visitors (we will have to wait for another couple of days to find out whether we will actually be allowed or not).

For the second camp, we will be coming back to Nojima, Yokohama, where we held some of our camps more than five years ago.

In both camps, we hope that we can provide children with such opportunities that they can envision their own future. We are getting busier and busier preparing for the camps. We hope that children and their parents are looking forward to our calls for participation.

CALL FOR DONATIONS

Thank you for always supporting us. At this time, we are barely able to hold the two camps above in their minimal forms. To broaden the experiences of participants, and for us to become able to hold further camps in the next winter or spring, we need your help. Please consider further supporting our camps, taking this opportunity. We really appreciate your support and everything you have done and will do for children in Fukushima and Academy Camp.

Use technology as a tool to express yourself
Use technology as a tool to express yourself
We will always have fun together
We will always have fun together
We are coming back to the sight
We are coming back to the sight
Hopefully, as something more than just visitors
Hopefully, as something more than just visitors

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Academy Camp

Location: Fujisawa, Kanagawa - Japan
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Project Leader:
Kenji Saito
Fujisawa, Kanagawa Japan
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