Fuji Electric is making an effort to acquaint children with the wonders of science and technology, as children nowadays are losing touch with the sciences.
In FY2010, the Mie factory conducted Science Seminars on February 24 and March 3 at Yokkaichi junior high schools. Our instructors explained the basics of power generation and storage, and introduced the inner workings of a vending machine through demonstrations using actual vending machine mechanisms. The students expressed strong interest in the topics, and there was a lively exchange of questions and opinions.
We also held Science Seminars for teachers. These were conducted August 2-3 at an elementary school in the city of Hino, where our Tokyo factory is located. Fuji Electric Power Electronics technicians take the role of instructor and introduce the technology and products of Fuji Electric. The teachers also crafted a motor, using parts such as clips and magnets. We will continue to expand this program, focusing on regions where our business sites are located.
We promote our workplace experience and factory tour programs to acquaint the residents of all of our communities with Fuji Electric's technologies, products and activities. We also seek to increase the interest and awareness of manufacturing among young people and give them a chance to experience the excitement of manufacturing firsthand.
Our FY2010 efforts included Shinshu Fuji Electric's participation on August 5 in the Summer Holiday Parent/Child Company Visits program sponsored by the city of Ueda, with the goal of greater familiarization with local businesses. Local parents and children were provided tours of the manufacturing facilities.
The Kobe factory offered Parent/Child Classrooms at its factory festival on August 6, where it provided elementary school students the opportunity to conduct electricity experiments to deepen their understanding of and interest in electricity.
GE Fuji Meter, which produces watt-hour meters, invited 120 local third-graders on a factory tour as part of their social studies lessons, so as to learn what the companies in their vicinity make. Students learned of the importance of electricity, and were interested in the evolution of watt-hour meters.
In FY2011 Fuji Electric received eight teachers from private schools in Tokyo through the offices of the Keizai Koho Center, as part of our effort to promote communications between the worlds of academia and business.
We have prepared a program in which we disassemble and analyze a beverage vending machine, which is one of our products, explain our manufacturing philosophy and discuss the kinds of people a company needs. Teachers have offered impressions such as "I found that the products which I see often are designed with originality and creativity, and my thoughts about Japanese manufacturing have changed," and "I got some hints about how to nurture the ability to think. I want to conduct classes that impart the importance of thinking."
The teachers use some of what they learn through this program in their classes. We will continue to offer such study opportunities as we build ties with government agencies.