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KANDO Experience Program

Latest News!

  • April 15, 2021

    [Sony Group x Houkago NPO Afterschool] Accepting applications from after-school care organizations to participate in the KANDO Experience Program for fiscal 2021. (25 organizations in the Kanto and Kansai regions)

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  • February 3, 2021

    Twenty after-school organizations have been selected to experience the KANDO Experience Program for FY20.

  • July 6, 2020

    Enhance the " KANDO Experience Program " to reduce the educational gap for children
    -Introducing workshops utilizing the autonomous entertainment robot "aibo" and online workshops in response to COVID-19-

Addressing the Educational Inequality Among Children

Sony has been introducing the "KANDO Experience Program" to address the social issue of children's educational inequality in Japan.
Today, there is a widening of the educational gap in Japan due to various social factors. These include poverty, as well as differences in their home and school environments, and district of residence. There are gaps not only in learning basic academic skills but also in hands-on experiences that help to develop creativity and curiosity.
In this program, we provide diverse KANDO experiences to children who have had few such opportunities, by using our assets in the Sony Group, such as products, contents and technology and throughout partnership with non-profit organizations and other outside groups. The "KANDO Experience Program" focuses on workshops which contain STEAM*1 fields utilizing our latest technology and content.

  • *1Abbreviation of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics

Diverse programs utilizing our technologies and contents of the Sony Group

Entertainment Robot “aibo” comes to everyone's after school care centers! AI + Programming Workshop with “aibo”Entertainment Robot “aibo” comes to everyone's after school care centers! AI + Programming Workshop with “aibo”
The 4K projector brings an inspiring 360-degree view! Warp Square WorkshopThe 4K projector brings an inspiring 360-degree view! Warp Square Workshop
Inspiration and ideas make school life even more fun! MESH™ Programming WorkshopInspiration and ideas make school life even more fun! MESH™ Programming Workshop
Let's make your very own animation! Animation WorkshopLet's make your very own animation! Animation Workshop
Let's sing and dance! Musical workshop for everyone. Musical WorkshopLet's sing and dance! Musical workshop for everyone. Musical Workshop
Imagine the future to achieve your dreams! Life Planning WorkshopImagine the future to achieve your dreams! Life Planning Workshop
Learn about sounds by using an IC recorder! Let's Collect the Sounds of NatureLearn about sounds by using an IC recorder! Let's Collect the Sounds of Nature
Experience the magic of classical music! See it, hear it, feel it! Exciting classical musicExperience the magic of classical music! See it, hear it, feel it! Exciting classical music

Closer Look at the "Kando Experience Program"

"KANDO Experience Program" is offered to children in places where the educational inequality is most seen.

1. Workshops at after-school care centers and community diners

In the lower grades of elementary school, children spend an annual average of about 1,600*2 hours outside of school, such as after school or on vacation, which is longer than school hours. Hours spent outside of school is said to produce a gap in experience and opportunities which will have a great influence on children's growth.
Sony provides workshops using Sony Group assets at after-school care centers and "Kodomo Shokudo," community diners to offer dinner/programs to children.

  • *2:The total after-school hours and long vacations that children in lower grades of elementary school have (Study by 2016 Nationwide School Childcare Liaison Council)
AI + Programming Workshop with "aibo"
Partner Organizations
THE NIPPON FOUNDATIONTHE NIPPON FOUNDATION
Chance For AllChance For All
子ども食堂子ども食堂 "Kodomo Shokudo"
Community diner for children

2. Workshops in rural districts or remote islands

There is a tendency that children who resides in rural districts or remote islands, away from the city, have less opportunities to experience workshops in STEAM fields and interact with diverse role models who may impact their future career options.

MESH™ developer gives advice to children remotely from his office

Sony provides MESH™*3 programming workshops, creative experiences using toio™*4 robot toys of Sony Interactive Entertainment, and music-related workshops offered by Sony Music Entertainment in rural districts or remote islands
These workshops are connected online to engineers at Sony Headquarters in Tokyo to interact, see the presentation from children and to advise them with ideas

  • *3:Enables users to bring their ideas to life and digitally customize their surrounding environment via MESH's intuitive control interface and the various functions of the electronic "tags."
  • *4:A cube-shaped robot toy released by Sony Interactive Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
Partner Organizations
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