The 5th Sony Science Program for Girls took place on August 5, 2018.
23 girls ranging from primary to high school students took part in an event facilitated by Rikechen*1, an organization for girls studying science, following the theme "Let's create something we'd like to see using MESH™ *2." Split into teams of four, they explored what they could create using MESH to link everyday items together via the Internet, and shared their ideas together. As a result, they showed many delightful items born of free concepts, including a system to tell you if you get sleepy when studying, a garbage can on a buggy that comes to you, and curtains that automatically close when it gets dark.
The Sony Group is proactively engaged in initiatives to support women empowerment and promote diversity. As part of this event, female engineers employed by the Group held panel discussions to encourage more women to become engineers. Based on questions from the attendees, they spoke about their reasons for choosing science and engineering as their major and why they joined Sony, and their summer science project as primary school students. The participants appeared interested in exiting world of science and engineering and expressed various views on the wide range of topics to study and the fact that scientists are free to express themselves irrespective of gender. During their conversations with the employees, some of them stated that they wished to join Sony.
The event concluded with a cross-generational exchange of opinions all together to encourage the participants to choose careers in science and engineering. The participants were awarded certificates of completion.
This event successfully achieved its objective, which was to provide an opportunity to experience the joys of science and exchange views with people of different generations. The event was made possible with the cooperation of Gakken Associe Co., Ltd., and Shuhaly Co., Ltd., and enabled the university students in science course that participated to the event to obtain insights through interaction.
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