On May 28 (Sun), the 6th Science Project for Ryukyu Girls was held at OIST Conference Center with 41 Okinawan junior and high school students accompanied by 26 guardians.
First, there was a lecture by Dr. Yuko Kakazu, an outreach specialist working for Subaru Telescope Project in Hawaii Observatory at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. Dr. Kakazu talked about how she became interested in astronomy and how she has been working in the Hawaii Observatory. Introducing her own episode where she tried hard to understand physics so that she could study about space, she gave some words of encouragement to the students, saying, “Getting absorbed yourself into something you really like will surely be useful for your future life.” Subsequently, Russian female scientist Dr. Larisa Kiseleva and a Germany female scientist Narine Wirkuttis shared their own experiences.
Sachiko Yasunaga, a junior high school girl in Uruma city, commented, “The scope of our interest became broadened. I hope this kind of event will be continued in the future.” Yui Asami, a second year junior high school student who was encouraged to participate by her mother said with shining eyes, “The facility here is so beautiful and I felt as if I were in a foreign country. As for my own future, I have been wondering what I could do, but this symposium made me get interested in scientific field.”