9 Dec 2010

OIST Open Campus 2010


Creating the Brains of Robots
Exhibition-Demonstration: "Creating the Brains of Robots"

On November 28, 2010, the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology Promotion Corporation, the purpose of which is to prepare for the opening of the OIST graduate school, enjoyed the support of the Council for Promotion of OIST, Okinawa Prefecture, and Onna Village in holding its first Open Campus at the new campus in Onna Village. A long line of visitors were waiting when the doors opened, foreshadowing the event's final total of 2,130 visitors for the day.

Entrance
Entrance
 
OIST Gallery
OIST Gallery:
Poster and Slide Exhibition

In the Exhibition-Demonstration area, booths were set up with themes like "Let's Craft a Bed for Coral Larvae" and "Decoding Programs in the Brain," where visitors  participated in scientific experiments related to research being done at OIST. In the lectures, five researchers gave accessible explanations of their research. Subjects addressed included the lives of ants, motion and the brain, and a game that allowed the audience to look at living things through a mathematical perspective. The 150-person capacity hall was filled to the aisles with participants listening intently to the researchers. In the lab tours, participants were able to visit research facilities like experimental labs and an electron microscopy room.

OIST Children's Research Center
Demonstration:
"OIST Children's Research Center"
Observing What You Cannot See in Everyday Life
Demonstration:
"Observing What You Cannot See in Everyday Life"
Glowing Fish and Flies!
Demonstration:
"See Glowing Fish & Flies!"
Experiencing Exciting Science
Demonstration:
"Experiencing Exciting Science"
Zebra Fish Facility
Lab Tour:
Zebra Fish Facility
Electron Microscopy Room
Lab Tour:
Electron Microscopy Room

It is safe to say that visitors from elementary and junior high students to adults enjoyed meeting researchers and participating in experiments, and the lectures surely deepened their interest in science. The event was also a great opportunity to enable visitors to see for themselves that preparations for the opening of the graduate school are progressing well. It is the goal of the graduate school to conduct world-class research and education while remaining deeply rooted in the Okinawa region. OIST will continue to actively engage in activities to promote the understanding of the prefecture's citizens.

Open_Campus_2010_Lecturers_Slices
Lecturers: (from left) Dr. Holger Jenke-Kodama, Dr. Mayumi Shindo,
Dr. Robert Sinclair, Dr. Alexander Mikheyev, Dr. Masaki Isoda
Lecture by researchers
Lecture by researchers
Lecture Participant
Lecture Participant


OIST photo collage
Photo collage displayed in the OIST gallery