Encouraging the Next Generation

Initiatives for Educating Children

Co-sponsoring Tottori Prefecture’s chemistry fair

Tokuyama participated in Tottori Prefecture’s 2015 chemistry fair, which was held from August 6 to 11 at the Tottori Daimaru department store. Intended to promote the fascination and excitement of chemistry to children, the event was jointly sponsored by the Tokuyama Science Foundation with the Chugoku/Shikoku Branch of the Chemical Society of Japan. Tokuyama’s exhibition space demonstrated how to produce fuel cells using salt water while showing visitors how to make sponge toffee. By carrying out experiments together with children, Tokuyama’s representatives had them directly experience the joy of chemistry. About 3,000 people in total attended the event, and the large crowds of children who visited Tokuyama’s exhibit surpassed the Company’s expectations.

Co-sponsoring Tottori Prefecture’s chemistry fair Co-sponsoring Tottori Prefecture’s chemistry fair

Helping a children’s scientific invention club learn about chemistry

On October 10, 2015, an event for a Shunan City boys and girls scientific invention club was held at Kisan Elementary School, with 24 students from grades four through six at elementary schools in the city participating. Organized by various organizations including a senior citizen’s association, the club meets over 20 times per year for the purpose of raising children’s awareness of science through creative science activities. Among those activities, chemistry experiments are jointly supervised by personnel from Tokuyama. At this year’s event, Tokuyama focused on baking soda, a common item found in the home. The children had fun learning how to make a bath bomb using decomposed baking soda, and how to make measurements with the pH scale.

Helping a children’s scientific invention club learn about chemistry

FL Tokuyama Corporation joins a government-sponsored event for children

FL Tokuyama Corporation participated in a 2015 children’s study tour of the Kasumigaseki district, an event held on July 29–30, 2015 in Tokyo at the Kasumigaseki Common Gate building. The event is held during the summer holidays every year by 26 government ministries and agencies in Japan, including the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, for the purpose of offering opportunities for children to experience actual workplaces together with their parents. On the second day of the event, FL Tokuyama displayed interactive art paintings called Fresco Graphs in the building lobby with the hope of heightening the children’s perceptive and emotive skills. The children got close to the Fresco Graphs to enjoy the reproduced texture of oil paintings, which clearly impressed them,, judging by their shouts of joy.

FL Tokuyama Corporation joins a government-sponsored event for children FL Tokuyama Corporation joins a government-sponsored event for children

Factory tours for families organized by the Shinnanyo Chamber of Commerce & Industry

On August 11, 2015, the Tokuyama Factory offered tours of its facilities to 10 groups of 20 people as part of a factory tour event for families organized by the local Shinnanyo Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
The Tokuyama Factory included an observation of its salt pile as part of its tour for the first time for this event. Children walked on the huge pile of salt with great interest, and some expressed surprise that the “white mountain” they often saw from the nearby street was actually made of salt after touching it for the first time. Others commented that the experience was very valuable, and that while the lumps of salt would breakup like sand when in the hand, they understood that each grain of salt was completely different than the table salt at home. Along with the salt pile, the tour also covered the factory’s cement firing kilns. The children took notes when listening to explanations given by the factory staff, as the factory tour was part of a research project assigned to them over the summer holiday.
Tokuyama is planning even better factory tours in the future in an effort to increase opportunities for local residents to learn more about salt, an important raw material for its business.

Factory tours for families organized by the Shinnanyo Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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