High School Outreach

High School Outreach

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Visits by schools to OIST

Every year, thousands of high school students visit the OIST campus to see firsthand that science is more than tests and textbooks, that it is a worldwide effort to better understand nature and solve problems with that new knowledge. The 50-minute includes an introduction to OIST, a campus tour, and the visiting school’s choice of either a science experience program or a career educational program.

The program includes:

  1. Introduction of OIST
  2. Campus tour
  3. Talk by OIST researcher/student
  • Duration: Duration: 90 minutes (It may vary depending on the number of people)
  • Maximum number of participants in one visit: 80
  • Date: Weekdays 09:00 – 17:00

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Visit to OIST

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For SSH-designated schools

OIST receives visits from high schools in Japan designated as SSH (Super Science High Schools) and high schools focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Programs are tailored to meet the needs of each school.

Read more about visits to OIST by SSH schools

SSH schools

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Visits by OIST to schools

In addition to receiving tours and visits from schools, OIST sends researchers to high schools to introduce their research.

Please email community-relations@oist.jp for details and requests.

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For SSH-designated high schools (Super Science High Schools)

We visit high schools in Okinawa Prefecture designated as SSH (Super Science High Schools) and other high schools with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Programs are tailored to meet the needs of each school.

Learn more about OIST visits to SSH schools

Visits by OIST to SSH schools

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SCORE! Creating the Next Generation of Scientists, Engineers, and Entrepreneurs SCORE! is part science fair and part presentation contest. It is an event for senior high school students that is intended to promote a hands-on style of science education, an interest in entrepreneurship, and a focus on English language education with the goal of becoming a global citizen.


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SHIMA is an outreach project that involves islands in Japan and around the world – all of which are collectively referred to as shima (island in Japanese). The program seeks to educate people about the sustainability of island ecosystems and cultures. This workshop for high school students focuses on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly island sustainability.

SHIMA project

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HiSci Lab

HiSci Lab is a science workshop established to inspire high school girls in Okinawa Prefecture to consider a career in science. The workshop includes stories by female scientists about their experiences, as well as science talks, hands-on activities, and networking opportunities with OIST researchers and PhD students.

HiSci Lab

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