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about Matsuyama Minami High School

 Ehime Prefectural Matsuyama Minami High School has been designated as a Super Science High School (SSH) by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology since 2002. We have been researching and developing programs for science education in cooperation with universities and research institutes. We try to bring fascinating and inspiring science activities not only to our students but also to the local community.  Each of our students does a great deal of individual research, and because of their strenuous effort, they have won prizes in various kinds of science fairs.

about SSH

 The SSH project was started in 2002 as part of the "Scientific Literacy Enhancement Initiative" by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. It aims to develop student abilities and develop global leaders with great ambitions in the field of science. And technology. As of 2021, there are 218 high schools designated as SSH, including ours. 

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Industry-Academia Cooperation Marketing Education Program

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brown rice

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 On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, some of 2nd grade students, who are studying about “brown rice,” had an online meeting with Prof. ISHIDA Momoko of Ehime University.  She graduated from our high school during the 2nd-term of Super Science High School.  Prof. Ishida showed us how to do experiments about immune functions and gave us some instructions and suggestions on the procedure of our research about “brown rice.”  This was a precious time for all of us and inspired us a lot.  We thank Prof. Ishida for her kindness.
 I am really happy because we could do some experiment with Prof. Ishida.  We will keep studying enthusiastically from now on.  (209HR SHINOZAKI Aoto)

the Shikoku region online presentation

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 On April 11th, the  second and third year students in the science and mathematics course joined the Shikoku region online presentation. 
   Last year, it was canceled due to the coronavirus, however the representatives made a presentation and delivered videos online this year.  From our school, the light interference group gave a presentation which lasted about fifteen minutes.  It was valuable experience gained from the presentations, for example, the environment, disaster, preparedness, and so on.  We took part in the meetings to make good use of the contents of presentations and comments from the teachers for their research with integrity.  

  We will cherish many presentation opportunities which may be held in the future.  (309HR Kunita Shoma) 


Data marketing program

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 On Saturdays April 3 and 10, 2021, “Field Work,” industry-academic collaborative education program, was held at Matsuyama Minami Senior High School, Fuji Grand Matsuyama and Fuji Fujiwara.  This is “Data marketing program using big data for purchasing that students and three companies, which are SEKI CO., LTD, Fuji Company Limited and True Data Inc., work together.”
 In the first meeting, store managers of Fuji explained to us about their contributions to each community, stores and backyards.  We could watch and understand how they do their tasks and layouts at shops and how they attracts their customers.  After this meeting, we submitted some reports about what we’ve learned, and our suggestions to enhance their sales figures.  We will be instructed by these companies a few days later.

 I feel it fun for me to join this meeting. From now on, I will be able to go shopping with different points of view.  (209HR  Saeki Kotaro) 


National Quest Contest 2020(Quest navi×manavisionLab)

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   Four 2nd grade students were selected for the competition’s final phase at National Quest Contest 2020(Quest navi×manavisionLab)
   Under the category of the subject of CR(Challenge Research), under the title of “Major Mission for making Tobeyaki Popular ~Come and Try making Tobeyaki~”, analyzing various data and combining the research of science-mathematics course super science and that of Tobe branch school design course, they suggested measures to make Tobeyaki more popular. Unfortunately, they could not get a prize. However, the judges and administers appreciated the brooches which the students of Tobe branch school made using a glaze the students of the science-mathematics course invented.

3/21/2021 WiDS HIROSHIMA Ideathon 2021

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   On March 21st, two teams gave their final presentations online.  We were the two groups out of the finalists of “WiDS HIROSHIMA Ideathon 2021”.
   WiDS stands for “Women in Data Science” supported by Stanford University ICME(Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering).  The goal is to foster people in the field of data science regardless of sex.
   This year’s theme was “Data Science and Healthcare” and we suggested some ideas for how to utilize data.
   Team Minami’s theme was “To get rid of stress from children” and explained that  pediatric medicine in some areas is insufficient using the figures like “the number of facilities offering medicine per 100000 children in each prefecture” and “the number of pediatricians in each town in Ehime prefecture per 1000 children”.
   We also introduced our branch school’s a hospital art project and how to utilize art in the hospitals.  We suggested using empty houses as medical facilities with art displayed inside.  Fortunately we got the second prize.
    Team Blood Sugar Level Management’s theme was “Project for reduction of diabetes”.  They measured blood sugar levels using factors such as diets, eating speed and eating order.  We can lower the blood sugar levels more by chewing, eating methods and our lifestyles.  We invented an application, “KamuKamu Care”(fuctions include: counting steps, counting the number of chews and calorie management).  We got the third prize.

3/18/2021 DIG

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   DIG stands for Disaster, Imagination and Game.  The participants practice considering  possible disasters, their prevention and countermeasures against them using a map.  On March 18th, in the 6th and 7th periods we had the practice online.
   Not only MEs(Maintenance Experts) in Ehime and Gifu prefectures but professors in Ehime University and Gifu University joined the program.  Through this activity we could imagine disasters which we would face in the future and the goal is to have the power to think and act by ourselves to protect our lives.
    Step 1  To find the differences between the present and the past.
    Step 2  To find out the dangerous places and the safe places to evacuate.
    Step 3  What should we do in the case of heavy rain?
   After the practice, we talked about the following themes.
    1  the most potentially disastrous places in Matsuyama
    2  the best way to evacuate
   Prof. Sawada from Gifu University and Prof. Moriwaki from Ehime University advised that it is never too late to think about what we should do and that we must always think about what to do to protect our lives.  They added that we should make the best action plan beforehand by talking with our families.


3/16/2021 Chien Kuo senior high school

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   On March 15th, we had an online presentation meeting with our sister school, Chien Kuo senior high school in Taiwan.  Up to last year we could visit the school and exchange our research.  However, this year we could not due to COVID-19.
   Today four groups performed their presentations and after each presentation we had a Q&A session.  We could check the presentations in advance.  It helped us ask questions.  As we ran out of time, we had another meeting three days later.


3/15/2021 Japan Biology Educational Committee Shikoku branch

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   On March 13th, the 4th meeting of the Japan Biology Educational Committee Shikoku branch was held online.  Two groups won motivational prizes.  They not only performed their presentations but also asked many questions about other presentations enthusiastically.  Also, they could shared their opinions with the professors of Ehime University and the staff from Tobe Zoo.
     1  “How a butterfly conserve energy through the unique structure of its wings?”
     2  “How newts learn by sight alone?”


3/9/2021 SSH research report meeting

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   On March 9th, a SSH research report meeting was held at our school.  This year, in each classroom two groups performed their presentations using a poster.  In the Q&A session, they could share their opinions.  Ninety teams performed their presentations.
   In the afternoon, at the gym some groups performed their presentations in front of a large audience of all the 1st and 2nd grade students. 

2/23/2021 Roller Coaster

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   On February 23rd, we had a STEAM (Science Technology Enginnering Art Mathmatics) educational exchange with Hawaii University and Maryknoll School in Honolulu.  
   Three teams from Maryknoll School and fifteen teams (one hundred and thirty-three  students) joined.  We designed our own roller coasters under these conditions; the base must measure 36cm×48cm, the height must be 2m at the highest point and 25 kinds of sheets of paper were available.  It took us about two and a half months to complete them.    The goal was to get the bottom in the slowest possible time.  Creativity and teamwork were needed.  We’d like to continue having such exchanges from now.


2/20/2021 Hawaii University Space Laboratory

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   On February 20th, online presentations were held using zoom by the hosts, Prof. Rene and Art Kimura, who are the chiefs of the consortium supported by Hawaii University Space Laboratory.  Forty-six students from our school participated.
   They illustrated the extraordinary phenomena that occur in outer space by showing various scientific demonstrations concerning the life in ISS (International Space Station), the universe and rockets.  We could learn a lot about outer space.  Though it was difficult, we could understand more than before.
   After the lectures we had a Q&A session.  We did some research about space and local news about it in advance therefore we could have an active exchange.


2021/02/07 2021/02/14 Ehime Science Challenge 2020

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   Every year, poster presentations and exchange meetings are held at Ehime University, but from the perspective of preventing the spread of Covid-19, “Ehime Science Challenge 2020” has gone online.
   This year, 202 students from 21 different high schools submitted a total of 63 research themes, 37 in the general category and 26 in the program category, and in conjunction with the release of the presentation videos on February 7, an online networking event was held for the participant of the Science Challenge.  During this exchange, the participants were divided into five areas: mathematics, information, physics, chemistry, biology, and geology, and introduced each other’s research that they had been working hard on, despite on-going pandemic, and asked each other questions. Graduate students from Ehime University also participated as hosts, and it was a meaningful time for them to sick sharp questions about their research from the graduate students’ point of view, and to ask questions about their research and university life.  ( 209HR  Rei Onishi )

Tuesday, February 14, 2021, Ehime Science Challenge 2020
   An online commendation ceremony was held.  The announcement of results the two groups, “The influence of the solvent on color development of the Iron 2 Iron” and “Possibility of energy saving flight by depend on usage mechanics the wings of the butterfly” were honored with the effort award of the general section.  The Broadcasting club of our school acted as the MC.  ( 209HR  Toyooka Anna )


1/30 Tobeyaki Family

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   On January 30th, Saturday, “Tobeyaki family” had a talkabout their evaluation methods on the colors of the test pieces.

   Our research started from “Umechanzu”.  “Ginnanze” established RPG method and will beused in the future research presentations. Therefore, at the study meeting, “Koume brothers” consisting of the 1stgrade students discussed whether to use a tool called Go Spectro to analyzereflected lights in our research.  Weborrowed the tool from Professor Hayashi, who is in charge of EGS at EhimeUniversity. It is used to analyze the reflected lights and it may be possibleto find the elements that affect the reflected lights.

   Analyzing the data and comparing them, thediscussion lasted for more than two hours. We decided to use both of the RPGmethod and Gospectro.

   In the future, “Tobeyaki family” will worktogether to report our research to everyone. ( 109HR Rin Miyamoto )


English presentation meeting

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On January 28th, an English presentation meeting was heldby the 1st year students of the science and mathematics course atMatsuyama Minami High school.  Theypresented their one-year research in English. 

 This time the presentations wereperformed by the selected teams, the Earth Science Group, the Biology Group andthe Mathematics Group.  Everyone activelyasked questions, so it was a very good presentation meeting.

   Inaddition, we invited three lecturers from Ehime University to make comments aboutour presentations.  They said, “thewillingness to communicate in English was wonderful.   Let’s study together at EhimeUniversity.”  The students who were incharge of the presentations and moderators had spent a lot of time preparingfor the meeting during the winter vacation. The hardship will surely give them a lot of confidence in the future andwill be food for the future research.


~Impressions~ It was hard for me to expresswhat I want to say.  So, I want to studyEnglish more and I will tell my research to the world in English in the future. ( 109HR Shun Hotta )


1/28 Ms. Ishida Momoko

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   Ms. Ishida Momoko from Ehime University instructed us.  She graduate from our school and teaches in the university.  She is teaching graduates in the agriculture laboratory.  She instructed us with a presentation about the important points in allergy research.  ( 209HR Manami Miyaoka )


1/26 Super High School Consortium

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   “Super High School Consortium” was held via Zoom online.  Junior and senior high school students (in total 965 students) in Ehime prefecture joined the meeting.  The students who presented in the meeting from our school were Tobeyaki ginnans, which is the team of science and mathematics course students.  1st and 2nd year students of science and mathematics course joined as the audience and as the head of the student council I participated in.
   During the 1st part, each school did a presentation about their activity.  During the 2nd part, we debated actively in the each booth and had a Q&A session.
   We understood that each school was working on a solution to the regional issues in Ehime prefecture by various approaches.  Moreover, I could improve my skill in presentations online, and I was impressed that the audience asked questions related to the point.  The meeting was valuable enough to help our research.    
    ( 209HR Yuto Yasuda )

Hiroshima University GSC jump stage

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   On January 25th, we had a meeting whose title was Hiroshima University GSC jump stage. In our school, 3 science course students were selected as participants in the stage, which was the final stage. The professors gave us some advice about our study. I’m looking forward to developing our research.   ( 209HR Kose Kuroda )

2021/01/22 Ms. Ishida Tomoko

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   Ms. Ishida Tomoko, who graduated from our school as a 2nd SSH member studies at Ehime University.  She studies not only animal’s sells but also product development.  Some students grow sprouting of brown rice under various conditions and search about the allergy.
  Nowadays, we cannot go to Ehime University to learn, so she instructed about our studies online.  Thanks to her, we recognized what to do next in our studies.  Thank you very much, Ms. Ishida.   ( 109HR Yoshinobu Kubota )


online meeting and communicated with students from Kenkoku high school in Taiwan

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   Four students from the science course had an online meeting and communicated with students from Kenkoku high school in Taiwan on January 21st.  We have continued to interact with them and this year we are planning to conduct experiments together.  We introduced ourselves and talked about the presentation meeting we are having next March.  In order to make good presentations, we are preparing hard and trying to improve our English skills.  
  ( 209HR  Sakura Sasaki )

2020/12/17 Advanced Science

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 On December 15th and 16th, the 1st grade students from science course visited many places as the advanced science lecture.  They went to advanced laboratory to attend technical lectures.  We showed the eagerness about our research.
 On the first day, we visited Ehime fisheries experimental station and Ehime mandarin experimental station in Uwajima.  We learned the issues about agriculture and fisheries.  After that, we attended the lecture about earthquakes and medical treatment.
 On the second day, we visited a science museum to learn how to wrestle SSH program.  And we attended the lecture about Masataka Ogawa, who invented blue LEDs.  We were all interested in his story.  After that, we went to the paper laboratory.  They used very expensive machine.
 Through the advanced science lecture, we learned about the research to solve local issues.  And we learned the hardship that people working there had.  The most important thing that we learned is “Added Value”.  It is important for regions to survive in the world.  We have to find my own “Added Value”.  We should challenge many things.
 (109HR  Aoto Shinozaki)

2020/12/14 SDGs

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 On Saturday, December 12th, the second meeting of the title was held online.  From our school, 16 students and 3 teachers joined it.  Two students from Iyo agricultural High School joined it.
 This project consists of three series. This is the second time.  First, we announced the previous issue, ”SDGs ― A poster with many words”.  After that, we were divided into groups.  One group thought about plastic waste and the other group thought about local production for local consumption, and exchanged opinions.  We thought carefully about the theme and we commented on what high school students can do.  In the third time, we will announce what each group has studied.  This time, we used an app: thinking tool called “miro” and information shared online (Please look at the photo) .
 I was glad to join the meeting because I could learn about the different perspectives and ways of thinking of college students and other high school students.  I want to acquire a lot of ideas while responding to new learning styles.
  (101HR  Saki Mochimaru)

2020/12/12 DATA SCIENCE

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 At data scienceⅠclass in our school, all of the first grade students in general course are working on the presentations using REASAS.  This year, our school is selected as “Area research practice school”.  In this program, we find the problems in local areas and then solve them.  The representatives of the first graders made a research presentation “Agriculture normalization by the promotion of the water culture” as a summary of their research.
 Through this presentation, I learned about the importance and difficulty of thinking and talking on the spot.  From now on I want to join such presentations positively for my future.
  (107HR Rai Inoue)

2020/11/14 High School Cultural Festival

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   From our school, four physics groups, two chemistry groups, two biology groups and one geoscience group, a total of nine groups took part in a competition.  In the elimination round, each of us had eight minutes for a poster presentation that put questions and answers together.  We did this three times.  The Tobeyaki Ginnans group in the field of chemistry and the thermoacoustic group in the field of physics passed the elimination round and advanced to the final.  In the final presentation, there were questions and answers with high school students from other schools.  They participated actively and it became a successful competition for the presenters and participants.
   As a result, the Tobeyaki Ginnans group won the award for an excellent work and will participate in the national tournament in Wakayama prefecture next year.
   Unfortunately, the thermoacoustic group missed the national tournament, but they got a participation award.
   Though it was the first time for many students to participate in the competition, we could publish with a dignified manner.  We will do our best as we use the experience of this competition for our researches and presentations from now on.  
 ( 209HR  Koya Nishioka )

2020/11/15 Marine Treasure Contest

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 Marine Treasure Contest was held and organized by Hokkaido University online on Sunday November 15th .   Students of our school who had been selected as finalist of Marine Science branch made a presentation .   As a result , they received Angler Fish Award which means they are sixth place in the whole country and got a Special Award from Ishoku-dogen company.
   ( 309HR  Risa Higuchi )

2020/11/06 Data Business

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 12 students joined a study meeting online to take part in the data science contest on November 6th.  The title of the lecture was “Effort of supporting restaurants by Gurunabi” and about “with Colona Virus”.  One was about what Gurunabi does and how to communicate with restaurants.  They also talked about the present condition of the restaurants during Corona Virus.  The topic was “Creating smiles with Food”.  From the Gurunabi data, the concept of new styles of food manufacturing was made.  We had time to ask questions and had fun.

 Through this experiences, we learned many things.  We have never known the effects of Corona on restaurants.  So we were surprised to learn from this lecture.  The university students who joined this lecture had sharp perspectives.  It was moving.  If we have such a chance again, we will try much more positively.
 ( 107HR Eito Takahashi & Shotaro Kaneda)


2020/11/06 “Data Science 1 Lecture”

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 “Data Science 1 Lecture” was held for first- year students in both general- course and science-and-mathematics-course in November 6th, in our school gymnasium.  The lecture was by Mr. Himeno, a professor of Shiga University Faculty of Data Science Associate.  First–year-students are researching by using RESAS DATA in the class of “Data Science” which is our school setting subject.  Mr. Himeno said, “Data Science can be used on a lot of field. For example, mainly AI, a self- driving, weather forecast, home electrical appliances, purchase and medical”.  Also he told us how to use graphs, figures and text mining in Data Science.  Students well understood about Data Science and deeply interested in it.  Mr. Himeno, we appreciate your speech.

 It is dangerous for us to use a lot of numbers easily. I thought that numbers are beautiful.
( 109HR  Kotaro Saeki )


2020/11/1 The GSC Hiroshima step stage

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 The GSC Hiroshima step stage research project was held online on November 1st. 

 We made a poster of the research plan in each field and exchanged opinions with the judges online, which was very fruit for us.  We made a poster presentation to select participants that would go to the “jump stage”.  Also, I felt the opinions of the professors were different from ours. ( 209HR Yanase Shunsuke,  Kuroda Kosei )

 We made a presentation today.  I could broaden my technological vision by watching other groups’ presentations.  Also, as for my presentation, I could notice some problems in my presentations by getting advice from the university professors.  (209HR  Akihiro Tomita )

 I was very nervous with my poster presentation this time, but, I could finish it successfully.Also, valuable advice the professor gave us was very informative.  ( 209HR Rune Matsuura )


2020/10/28 a training support program

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 Wednesday, October 28th, 8th period, a training support program for 42 first year students in science and mathematics course were given by Mr. Kubo of Ehime University, Graduated School for Teacher Education ml.  The title was “peeling of arranges”.  We had been using a chemical reaction to peel oranges since last week.  This time, the students conducted the experiment.  They were sure to be careful because they were using used NaOH, HCL and other dangerous chemicals.  Based on Mr. Kubo’s hints, the students enjoyed competing to see which group could peel the oranges cleanly.  The students were surprised that the neutralization reaction that they were learning now is used to make canned oranges.  At the same time, it was a very meaningful hour that deepened our interest in chemical phenomena.  It was a little difficult to understand, but we were able to finish the program in a good way.
 ( 209HR  Hikaru Inaba)

2020, October 25

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 46 students took part in “The annual Astronaut Lacy Beach Day of Discovery ” hosted by University of Hawaii universe research institute.
 Besides the Keynote address, the lectures on the professors’ researches on STEAM education.  The lectures started at 6:30 a.m. because of the time difference between Japan and Hawaii.  We could feel their enthusiasm and passion for their research through the lectures.
 After the lectures we took, we had workshop with Mr. Art Kimura, the head of Hawaii university professors in charge of STEM education.  Two group gave presentations in English, and eleven professors gave us precious advice.  We decided to continue the experiment farther.  At the same time, we realized the importance of communicating in English.  We appreciate the professors’ valuable advice. 
        ( 209HR  Yoshinobu Hyodo,  Ryuna Hayashi,  Rikuto Shigemi )
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19th annual Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery.pdf

the Science and Mathematics Education Support Program.

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 8th period on Wednesday, October 21th, first year students who belong to the Science and Mathematics course conducted a TT-style class. They were taught by Mr. Masuda and Mr. Kubo who are Ehime University students for the Science and Mathematics Education Support Program.
 The topic was Ethyl acetate hydrolysis reaction”, we conducted preparatory experiments for the main experiment next week. Because of the corona virus we had no chance to experiment for a long time, so we took it seriously.
Relying on a slight change of the smell, we experienced a mechanism of hydrolysis reaction. The teacher was impressed with the students who expressed the reaction of the experiment with their own words.
 The main experiment is going to be conducted next week. We experienced the application of chemical power and we want to be more and more interested in chemistry.    ( 109HR  Takuto Doi)

Scientific research poster session

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   Scientific research poster session by the 11th grade junior in high school were held on October 15th.  The instructors from the committee, first-year students of the science and mathematics course and the teachers joined it, where we held poster presentations and questions and answers.  We would like to deepen our understanding and experiments as a lot of people advised.  Thanks to the instructors of the committee very much for giving us advise.  
( 209HR  Kento Tamai )

“Let’s get together!Science Girls”

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 Saturday, August 29th “Let’s get together!Science Girls”the 3rd Science-related Girls’ Web Conference in Shikoku was held.  This year, we used Zoom for the online presentation.  Eight girls in four groups from our second-year science and mathematics students from our school, presented their research on newts, interference light, vitamin C and blue glaze light.  Seishin Girls’ High School in Okayama played host to six schools, Ehime University High School, Niihama National College of Technology, and Uwajima-Higashi High School.  Each school gave research presentations.  It was a great opportunity to receive precise advice from the university professors from the perspective of a researcher. It was also a great motivator for us to prepare for the presentation at the Koubun Festival in November.

 We were able to present to each other and deepen our thinking about our research.  In the presentation, I was able to find ways to improve with the advice of the university professors.  I would like to put more effort into my research.
  ( 209HR  Karen Mizuno )


2020/08/24  1st Prize in WiDS HIROSHIMA Ideathon 2020 finalists presentation contest

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   On Aug. 22nd, three students participated in the final of the online presentation contest held by WiDS (Women in Data Science), which is an ICME (Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering)-led activity.  It aims to foster the personnel specialized in the field of Data Science regardless of gender.
   Their research theme was “Preparation against the Nankai Trough Earthquake”.  Using  data from the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (RESAS, e-net), they talked about “new designated shelters and life-saving stations”, “Disaster Manuals in foreign languages” “Usage of exchange students of volunteers” and “Effect of pictograms”.
   Brilliantly, they won first prize in Japan!

   I participated in the contest for the first time.  It was a good experience for me.  I was glad because the result of the contest was quite satisfactory.  I want to use this experience and take on research in the future.  ( 205HR  Sakura Shiraishi )


8/11  GSC in Hiroshima University

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   GSC in Hiroshima University selected 8 students from our school as the participants in the Step Stage.  They attended the first seminar which was held on August 9.  This time, we attended an online meeting and lecture. It was about “Purposes and challenges of GSC and making handmade slides. The students’ opinions follow.

   〇 I was worried whether it might not be held because of the influence of the coronavirus but I was glad to have joined it.  Thank you to Hiroshima University’s professors.  ( 209HR  Rei Onishi , Hinata Sumikawa )
   〇 There was a lot of content which will help us produce handmade slides.  I learned a lot of things.  And I fully felt the importance of English.  ( 209HR  Rune Matsuura )
   〇 I’ll try another study.  I’ll do my best in my studies.  Also, I’m going to study English hard.  ( 209HR  Rina Osawa )
   〇 It was nice to learn the importance of research presentation using handmade slides.  I would like to make efforts to apply what I learned this time to SS and GSC later.  ( 209HR  Akihiro Tomita )


8/13 competition of the health data analytics and management

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   Students and teachers from Matsuyama minami high school took part in the competition of the health data analytics and management on August 7th. We got some lectures from Mr. Murakami Makoto, Mr. Yamaguchi Kazunori and Mr. Takahashi Kunihiko.

   People’s daily life has changed due to the influence of the coronavirus. We can see relations of several data by gathering information as graphs. We also can see new problems. Though the data seem to be correct at first, we find wrong calculation or incorrect comparing. I thought it was important that persons who receive data have to think from many directions and to read information properly. I want to read many data in order to improve my ability to judge and understand properly the data. ( Nishioka Aika)

   It was exciting and interesting for me to be able to derive what people are demanding from user data analysis and statistical data from FiNC apps. As Mr.Yamaguchi said, I thought it is necessary to approach the truth from statistics and control risk, how to read, act and convey data, so I also try to investigate and think about it by myself.      
  ( Ishikura Jun)


2020/08/13 Preparation for the final of WiDS HIROSHIMA ideathon 2020

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   The matsuyamaminami high school team was selected as a finalist in the “WiDS HIROSHIMA ideathon 2020”, which was held by Hiroshima University.  This aims to develop human resources to be active in the field of The WiDS HIROSHIMA ideathon 2020.
   The rehearsal and a seminar were held online on August 11.  Three students from our school will take part in the final.  Their final presentation practice was watched by Ms. Suga and she gave us some advice.  We want to improve our presentation before the final that will be held on August 22, following the advice from her.

   I want to improve our presentation so that we’ll get more people instead in it. 
   ( 205HR  Shiraishi Sakura )
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2020/08/05 The 44th National High School Arts Festival in Kochi; “WEB SOBUN”

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  The 44th National High School Arts Festival in Kochi; “WEB SOBUN” started on Sep.31st online.  A team from our school whose research is about Parantica Sita participated in it as a representative of the high schools in Ehime Prefecture.  Please check it out in the following site.
    “Research about the mechanism of effective flying of Parantica Sita”
     ( 309HR  Yutaka Yamasaki, Ryunosuke Hanaoka and Hiroto Shiraishi )


7/24 Science presentation contest

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 On Friday, July 24, the Science presentation contest was held in Ehime Prefectural Museum of Science, and there the two groups of the 3rd grade students from the science course participated in the contest. Their presentations were about spider webs and Tobe-yaki pottery glazing.  The first group did a presentation about “How strong are spider webs?’’  When we were asked strong questions by university professors who were also the examiners, we could explain our research in our words.  The second did a poster presentation titled “Research of removing blue oxide by referencing the Zegal formula.’’  Our research on Tobe-yaki glazing seemed to interest the university professors.  We were awarded the Ehime Governor’s Prize in the poster section.
 The Judges were university professors, high school teachers and other high school presenters.  They gave us their opinions and were helpful for our research and writing papers.  This contest was satisfying for us.

  I was interested in the other teams’ presentations.  It was a good opportunity to let people know about our research.   (309HR Kana Watanabe)
  I could present our research well and I’m glad to have got an award.  I could learn from the other groups.  (309HR Hibiki Kumatani)
 I was happy we got the prize in the contest.  It was our last contest, so I was happy to get a good result.  I will make an effort to write a good paper on our research.   (309HR Masaki Yoshida)



7/22 SS Social Gathering

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  A social event was held in SS periods for the students of our science course. 
  In the 6th period, representatives of the second grade students gave a presentation on their study in the Kansai region to the first grade students.
  Using many pictures and quizzes, they introduced their activities, such as visiting the facilities and interacting with alumni, in an easy to understand manner. The presentation showed how well the class got along with each other. In the question and answer session, the students were able to talk frankly not only about the study in Kansai and research projects, but also about their school life in general.
  In the 7th period, the second grade students gave a presentation on their current research. It gave important hints as to further research. 
  Due to the effects of the corona virus, it has been difficult for the first grade students to interact with other grades at school events, so this was a great opportunity for the first grade students to learn about school life in the science course directly from their seniors.

  It was difficult to convey the content of our study in the presentation, but it was a good experience.  (209HR  Rei Onishi)



7/10 Data Business Creation Consortium 20th study session

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 The students and teachers took part in a “Data Business Creation Consortium 20th study session” held by Keio University SFC online. 
Professor Hashimoto Takehiko, the General Manager of AI Strategy Center of GA technologies CO.Ltd., gave us a lecture titled “The promotion of Dx in the regulated industry and data scientists’careers 2020ver.  The lecture was about at three year mission to research how to use the data and AI in regulated industries such as real estate.

   It was so interesting that I want to get more information about future data science.  (208HR Yuta Sumikawa)



7/7 PLUM

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 A new theme has been decided for Matsuyama South High School’s SSH and Tobe Branch School of Design’s joint research “A new sense of Tobe ware for high school students.”  This year, with the cooperation of the Seven folds Plum Union, we decided to research a glaze using dried plum seeds.  We are looking forward to seeing what kind of color it will be.  The other day, Mr.Takeuchi, the representative director of the union, and Mr. Kawaguchi, the deputy head of the union, gave us about 60kg of salted plum seeds.  At present, the seeds have dried.  We are grateful for them very much.    ( 209HR  Rune Matsuura )

Online Conference for the Science Division of the National High School Arts Festival in 2020

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   On July 5th We took part in an online conference for the Science Division of the National High School Arts Festival in 2020 hosted by Matsuyama Minami High School.  This year we had a zoom conference to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  135 high school students from 15 high schools in Ehime Prefecture took part in this online conference.  First, the vice principal at our school, Mr. Shigematsu gave us a lecture on a research project ranging from how to find a research subject to how to find a solution to the problem.  In the remote workshop, he talked about how to discover the causes of the mysterious phenomena happening around us.  We also worked on the assignments given by Mr. Shigematsu at each school and then gave presentations online.  We were able to share various opinions and deepen our understanding.
   In the latter half of the conference, representative students of Ehime Prefecture made a presentation on each research topic and had question-answer sessions.  The students selected from the fields of physics, chemistry, biology and geology gave unique presentations.  Students actively exchanged questions and answers, which deepened their understanding of their research.  The students, representing biology, made an ingenious presentation about parantica sita and received many questions.  This time it was an online workshop but it gave us a great chance to acquire basic skills to research a project.

   We had some difficulty with online presentation because of the device problems but this seminar let us find a new potential.   ( 309HR  Ryunosuke Hanaoka )

    I learned from the presentation by Mr. Shigematsu that it is very important in research to have questions about what we think is common sense.    ( 309HR  Hiroto Shiraishi )

    This time I made a presentation about parantica Sita. This online conference became a great opportunity for me to consider new kinds of presentations.    ( 309HR  Yutaka Yamazaki )


7/5 Big Data

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 We participated in a presentation for research purchase data.  We analyzed using the Dolphin Eye by remote control on July 3, 2020. Dolphin Eye is owned by Ture Data Corporation, which is a big data holder company, one of the biggest in Japan. Mr. Karasudani, Ms. Tokuda, Mr. Nomura, Ms. Nishiguti who work for Ture Data, advised us about the point view, idea and so on when we finished the presentation. Attending students as well as the presenters could understand the way to analyze and show data. It was a valuable experience for us. We will make use of this experience and work on the next research.

    I could be more interested in data science. So, I want to work on the next research and analyze a lot of data.  ( 205HR Sakura Shiraishi )



6/18 SS

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Second-year students are conducting research projects in each group.

 Our group is investigating the pigment in a purple cabbage called “Anthocyanin”.  When pH changes, its colors and stability change.  Especially the pH in basics are unstable.  So, we try to stabilize the instability with spectrophotometer.  We’re struggling, but we want to do our best.    (209HR  Rimi Odamura )


6/14 online meeting

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   An online meeting was hosted by Matsuyama Higashi high school.  19 students from Matsuyama Minami high school took part in it.  The subject of the meeting was “To achieve SDG4 ―high quality education to every child all over the world―”.  We worked on some quizzes to learn about the educational situations around the world and discussed what we could.  Though it was held online, we could exchange our opinions earnestly.

   I learned that it was important for us to know more about the world correctly.  In addition, I will share my opinions with my friends.   ( 204HR  Yuto Yasuda)   


6/12 Communication English Ⅱ.

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 First, we made a presentation titled “Comparison of cloth using light interference.”
Second, we heard the presentation by our ALT, titled “The differences between Eastern medicine and Western medicine”.  After listening to each presentation, we had questions and answers by using some effective words which we had learned in the lessons of Communication English Ⅱ.

   Through this class, I keenly realized my lack of English skills, because I couldn’t answer questions accurately.  So, I must improve my English skills.  In addition, I need to improve not only English but also my research.  ( 209HR  Yume Ninomiya )


2020/06/11 DS

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 First year students in science and mathematics course have continued to learn about “Data Science” since last week.  We thought that we would need to reach conclusions from concrete data.  For example, “Seventy-three out of one hundred people like chocolate.”  From this data, can we say that the cause of bad teeth is chocolate?  If not, what other data is needed?  I pray that it will not be the cause of bad teeth.

 I learned that I must not judge only by figures.  I want to use these figures in a research program to get a reliable conclusion.   ( 109HR  Sae Shingu )


2020/06/05 “Data Science” for 1st year students

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   Our school has a data science class and we started learning it in my class.  We watched a YouTube video of the finalist of Japan’s “regional revitalization reinvigoration of local economics” where students make new ideas.  We thought the original presentation was wonderful.  We learned how to use RESAS (Regional Economy Society Analyzing System) and we made graphs.

   I thought that it was difficult to understand the data, but when it became a graph, I found out it was easy to understand.  I want to make a wonderful presentation like our seniors.   ( 104HR  Misuzu Yano )                                       

2020/06/05 SS for students of science course

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   First year students in the science course studied data science.  After the lesson on how to understand data and graphs, we made up a sightseeing plan for foreign visitors coming to Japan.  Our goal was to increase tourists to Ehime Prefecture with data from RESAS.

   I learned that I have to be careful when I use numbers.  Also, RESAS arranges a lot of data, so I will use it to research.  (109HR  Yuka Ozaki)

2020/05/29 SS lesson on May 29

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 It was the first class of the Super Science course.  In 5th period, Second-year students in the science course were divided and made a research plan.  In 6th period, we took a researching lecture and listened to presentations.  We recognized our goals and made a plan for them.
   Also, we made a presentation in English for first-grade students in the science course.  We hope their research will be wonderful.

   My mind was changed during this time.  Before being guided, I thought that the most important thing in research is “Experiment”.  But the truth is that “Consideration” is the most important.  I’ll be conscious of it and do my best.  (209HR  Sena Maeda)


2020/04/06 The 9th Sports Statistic Analysis Competition 1st place

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    April 6   Daichi Tange(306), Hayato Kawadome(307) and Yuto Shiroki (305) won 1st place.

   We analyzed from data basketball statistics to explore the ‘‘wave’’.  And we were awarded top prize in the All Japan Sports Statistic Analysis competition.  Japanese sports statistical society selected us out of fifty teams.  We had a lot of difficulties during our research, but we didn’t give up until the end.  So we think that our research deserved 1st place!

   All your effort will pay off someday, so why don’t you do your best?  (Daichi Tange, Hayato Kawadome and Yuto Shiroki)


February 2nd (Sun) Science Challenge 2019

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   Our students participated in Science Challenge 2019 in Ehime.  From our school, Water Droplet Group, Spider Silk Group, Parantica Sita Group, Glaze Group, and Multiple Perfect Number Group joined the general division.  Light interference Group and Osmotic Pressure Group joined the program participation division.  They gave poster presentations.
   Many high school students and professors within the prefecture listened to their poster presentations.  Our students also received many questions and advice.  In the field of physics, Water Droplet Group won the award for working hard.
       (202HR  Okubo Sena)


January 30th (Thu) Research Presentation in English

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   On Thursday, January 30th, English presentation meeting was held at Media Hall in Center for Information Technology, Ehime University.
   3 representative groups, which were selected from first-year students in the science course, made their presentations in English.  After having done 7-minute presentation and 10-minute Q&A session, Ritterbex Sebastian, a researcher in Geodynamics Research Center, Ehime University and Tehya, who is our ALT gave them some advice.  Questions and answers were also given in English.  They were able to learn skills as an announcer and an listener in this presentation meeting.
    (202HR  Nao Kakimoto)


January 30th (Thu) Tobeyaki Ume-chans! Put small plates up for sale at “Nanaore Ume Festival”

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    Tobeyaki Ume-chans developed glaze from ash of Nanaore-ume and painted plates with it.  They are going to put their plates up for sale at “The 30th Nanaore-Ume Festival.”  On January 29th, they had a meeting at the office of Nanaore-ume cooperative.  They decided to sell plates and talked about the display.  This time they improved color and design of plates. 
Please enjoy the festival!
   (202HR  H.N.)


January 24th (Fri) Ehime Super High School Consortium in Chuyo district

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    CR Forest group of first graders and first graders in the science course joined “Ehime Super High School Consortium in Chuyo district”, which was held at Matsuyama City General Community Center on January 24th, Friday.
    Two second graders of our high school gave their presentation on the stage.  The presentation is about simple health checking up of artificial forests by utilizing 100-yen goods, aiming to achieve both conserving biodiversity and disaster mitigation.  They were able to announce their results calmly and many people listened to it.  First graders in the science course who participated in it as audience asked questions actively.
    (202HR   Tamai Haruna)


January 23rd (Thu) Super Science on January 23rd, Thursday

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    Second graders in the science course worked hard during today’s SS.  They conducted experiments and analysis of experiment data, finished their papers, and prepared for their announcement.  Parantica Sita group used their hand-made wind tunnel experimenal device and watched the flow of air when swallowtails were flying.  We were looking forward to seeing differences in results compared with those of Parantica Sita.
    Heavy Metal group conducted experiments to get shell powder to adsorb metal ion.  We were looking forward to the results, too. 
        (202HR  John Doe)


January 16th (Thu) Super Science on January 16th, Thursday

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    It is the third semester now and the final stage for second graders to complete their Super Science research.  Research presentation meeting will be held inside and outside school in February and March.
    Each group conducted experiment, analyzed data to finish their study and made materials to announce their research.  We are really looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
    English presentation group of first graders are always thinking about their English slides.  Some groups are collecting data.
    (202HR  Miyu Watanabe)


January 9th (Thu) SS (Super Science) First-year Students

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    First-year students who are going to make an English presentation prepare for it.  They write reports and posters at the same time.
           (202HR  Shigekawa Mina)


December 20th (Fri)  After Study Tour in Kansai

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    After three days of Study Tour in Kansai, I think we seriously thought about what we high school students could do for sustainable science development.  We discussed it with classmates.  We want to take advantages of this stimulating opportunity that we received in this tour for our future study, research and future careers.
        (109HR   John Doe)


December 19th (Thu) The Third Day of Study Tour in Kansai

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    Today is the last day of Study Tour in Kansai.  Everyone left the hotel in good health.  We are going to visit Museum of Nature and Human Activities, Hyogo and Harima Science Garden City.  We’d like to learn as much as we can!   
         (109HR  S.S.)


December 18th (Wed)  The Second Day of Study Tour in Kansai

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    Today we are going to visit Kyoto University and JT Biohistory Research Hall.  Everyone is fine.

    We had enough breakfast and left the hotel.  It was drizzling when arrived at Kyoto University.  Some students have already decided their universities that they want to enter.  It was impressive that they strolled eagerly in the university.  We could learn deeply about of early evolution of living things and the origin of land plants in JT Biohistory Research Hall.
           (109HR  H.Y.)


December 17th (Tue) The First Day of Study Tour in Kansai

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    The students who belong to the science course and a first grader in the general course who wants to join the tour went on a study trip in Kansai.  It is a trip for two nights and three days from today.  Today’s plans are visiting Nadahama Science Square and RIKEN campus in Kobe, and joining a workshop for SDGs.  They learned various things making full use of their five senses.  They listened to the explanation of the research on clarification of the life system which supports individual life.  They’ll do their best to make the three-day tour satisfied.
    (109HR  M.S.)


December 13rd (Fri) Taipei Municipal Jianguo Senior High School students visited us

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    Students in Taipei Municipal Jianguo Senior High School (our sister school) visited our school and did international exchange on Thursday, December 12nd.  Twenty high school students, their principal, and three teachers came to our school.  The interaction with them started in 2013.  It is the 10th time this year.  This is the second time for Taipei Municipal Jianguo Senior High School students to visit our school.  They stayed at our students’ home on Thursday night and deepened their friendship.
   On Friday, December 13th, we hold a welcome ceremony.  Mican, the special vice-governor to promote a smile, was also present and had an interaction lively at the ceremony. Students in Taipei Municipal Jianguo Senior High School joined our classes and homeroom activities, practiced kendo and a tea ceremony, and cooked together.  They enjoyed so many interactive activities.
   Some of our high school students are going to visit Taipei Municipal Jianguo Senior High School next year.  We would like to deepen our friendship forever.
        (208HR  Inada, Yano, Kadota) 
           December 16th, 2019, The Ehime Shimbun, permitted number to use d20191216-003


December 5th (Thu) Today’s Super Science (First Graders in the Science Course)

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    On December 5th, we invited Mr. Ritterbex Sebastian, who is a researcher at Deep Earth Dynamics Center, and Mr. Kanoi Bernard, who is a researcher at Proteo Science Center in Ehime University.  First graders in the science course joined the Super Science class with them.  They listened to the model presentations in English.  Each researcher lectured students on their own studies and showed an example of an English presentation. 
    Students admired the ways researchers gave their presentations.  Not to mention the contents of the lectures, they told what they wanted to tell very well by using gestures, facial expressions, intonations of words, asking the audience questions, and ingenious drafts.
    After the lecture, delegations who were going to give a presentation in English asked some questions in English.  They also acquired know-how for making a presentation well.
              (208HR   H.K.)


November 24th (Sun) The 32nd JST Math Caravan

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    Kumatani, Hanaoka, Matsuoka, who are second graders in the science course, and Tamai, who is a first grader in the science course, participated in the 32nd JST Math Caravan held by the faculty of Environmental Science and Technology in Okayama University.
    Five lectures were given there.  They were “A mathematical model of communication,” “The mathematic that seeks scenario of evolution,” “Mathematic and software in manufacturing,” “Fundamental theorems and complex numbers of algebra,” and “Turn Moebius origami.”  All of these lectures made the students more interested in mathematics.   
      (208HR  John Does)


November 21st (Thu) The Second Place in the Third Wakayama Data Utilization Competition

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    The Challenge Research which is conducted by Tanaka Chiharu and Tamai Nami’s team (second graders in the general course) advanced to the final examination of the Third Wakayama Data Utilization Competition.  So, they made their final presentation in Wakayama city.  Their research topic is “Let’s revitalize the shopping arcades by high school students and the elderly.”  They gave a presentation wearing Happi which they borrowed from Matsuyama city office.  They got the 2nd prize in the competition for high school students’ section.  They are going to cooperate with Matsuyama city office.
      (208HR  M. T.)


November 18th (Mon)  Japan Students Science Awards in Ehime

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   On November 18th, the awarding ceremony of Japan Students Science Awards in Ehime was held.  Representatives of the three groups (third graders in the science course) who received awards for excellent works took part in the ceremony.
   We would like juniors to deepen their research learning from their seniors.
       (208HR  Jane Doe)


November 18th (Mon) Commendation Ceremony of Statistics Data Competition in 2019

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 The commendation ceremony of statistics data competition was held at National Olympic Center On November 18th, 2019.  Third graders in the general course, Watanabe Ruriko and Yoshida Misaki who came second place, joined it.  The subject of their thesis is “Preparation against Nankai Trough earthquake: one in three disaster victims won’t be able to go to a shelter.  So, are medical service systems enough when the disaster happens?”
 They plotted designated evacuation centers and clinics on the map with GIS.  To prepare against Nankai Trough earthquake, they point out that current shelter distribution has blank areas and distribution of clinics is irregular within a radius of 3 km from our school.  They also suggested we should improve new shelters like kindergartens and medical systems.
        (208HR  Sagawa, Kitamura, Matsuura, Murofushi)


November 1st (Fri) SSH Fieldwork in the United States ~Day 5 and 6~

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    Finally it was the last day of our fieldwork in the United States.  Under the blue sky, we left the hotel and arrived at Matsuyama Airport via John F. Kennedy International Airport, Narita Airport, and Haneda Airport at 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 2nd.  There was some troubles, but everyone returned safely.  We had completely different experiences in this 6 days of the fieldwork.  We want to make use of these experiences in our future school lives.  We’d like to thank Dr. Mani, everyone at Connecticut University, everyone at PridgePort Aquaculture Science and Technology, our tour conductor, and drivers.
    (209HR   John Doe)
We are leaving the hotel.
In New York.  You can see faraway skyscrapers.
We are checking in, though we don’t want to go home.
A picture with our tour conductor at john F. Kennedy International Airport.
The sky of Alaska from the airplane
We arrived at Matsuyama Airport.  Our teacher is reviewing our trip.


October 31st (Thu) SSH Fieldwork in the United States ~Day 3~

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    Today is the second day of our training at UCON.  In the morning we had a workshop with Woodstock Academy students continuing from yesterday.
    In the experiment, first, we confirmed light emission by electron transfer.  Next, we measured the absorption spectrums of light and compared them.  We worked with the group members to prepare solutions and measured spectral peaks of wavelengths.  We were able to improve the experiment communicating in English.
   In the afternoon, Dr. Mani reviewed the two-day experiment and then he gave a lecture on his research.  Yesterday’s and Today’s experiments are both called “electron transfer reactions.”  They were related to the contents of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, so Dr. Mani gave us a detail of these principals.  He also explained Mr.Jason’s research, who belongs to his laboratory.  After that, we asked Dr. Mani why he chose an overseas university.  We also asked his ways of thinking as a researcher and so on.  We were able to listen to a lot of very useful stories from Dr. Mani and felt happy.
   Thanks to Dr. Mani, we were able to spend two whole days at UCON.  We would like to thank Dr. Mani and make the best use of what we learned and experienced in UCON in the future.
     (209HR   Nimura Kanan)
The experiment with Woodstock Academy students.  They are preparing for a solution.
I am measuring spectral peaks of the wavelength.
The lecture on Dr. Mani’s research.
An interview with Dr. Mani.
We are listening to explanations of Mr. Jason’s research.
Commemorative photo with Mr. Mani and laboratory stuffs


October 29th (Tue) SSH Fieldwork in the United States ~Day 2~

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    On the second day of the fieldwork in the United States, we visited Connecticut University.  We had some activities at Faculty of Chemistry with students in Woodstock Academy.  Dr. Mani Tomoyasu who graduated from the science course in our high school works there.
    First, we gave presentations of our research.  That was the first presentation in front of English native speakers and we were nervous.  During the Q & A session we were asked so many questions. We managed to answer them.
    Next, we conducted the experiment on energy absorption and emission reaction of molecules using green laser with Dr. Mani.  At first, we received the explanation from our teacher.  Then we were divided into two groups and conducted the experiment.  We were confused because everything was done by using English.  Thanks to Woodstock Academy students’ help, we were finally able to exchange opinions in English.  After the experiment, we looked around the whole building of the faculty and Dr. Mani’s laboratory.  We also talked about the contents of the faculty and the system of American universities.
   (209HR   Nishio)


November 16th (Sat) Presentation in the natural science division

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Presentation in the natural science division at the 33rd National Cultural Festival for Secondary High Schools in Ehime

   Our students took part in the presentation meeting of the natural science division at the 33rd National Cultural Festival for Secondary High Schools in Ehime.  It was held in Ehime Prefectural Science Museum.  Eight groups participated in it from our school.  A poster presentation was held in the morning.  Three groups – Water Droplet Group, Parantica Sita Group and Spider Silk Group went on to the final.
    Parantica Sita Group won the award for an excellent research and also received a recommendation to a national convention.  They give their presentation at National Cultural Festival for Secondary Schools in Kochi.  It is going to be held next year.  In addition, Water Droplet Group and Spider Silk Group won an encouraging prize.  Each group has prepared for their presentations since the midterm presentation was held, so their research improved and their ways of presentation were leveled up.  
         (208HR   Penguin no Taigun)
  Spider Silk
  Parantica sita
  water droplet
  block wall


November 9th (Sat) Challenge Research Ⅱ

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Acorn Cookie Group, they conducted questionnaire survey

   On Saturday, November 9th, Acorn Cookie Group conducted questionnaire survey at the school festival in Tobe Branch High School.  
  This time they prepared four kinds of cookies.  They included grain of lithocarpus and  sawtooth oaks with them.
   Nearly 100 people tasted them and answered a questionnaire.  They thank everyone for trying cookies and answering questionnaires.  Thank you very much for providing us a place, teachers in Tobe Branch High School.
                    (208HR  John Doe)


November 9th (Sat) Ume-chans

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 Ume-chans gave a presentation with Pottery Group in the design course at the school festival.
   SSH Ume-chans and Pottery Group in the design course gave a presentation at Tobe Branch High School Festival.  Potteries were made by the students of Pottery Group using glaze.  They attracted many people and many people purchased them.  As a result, red potteries with plum-petal design were sold out.  
Collaborative research of SSH and the design course certainly gets good results.  They won the excellence award of the academic writing contest of Tokyo Kasei University. 
        (208HR   John Doe)


October 29th (Tue) SSH Fieldwork in the United States ~Day 1~

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   Four second graders in the science course and a second grader in the general course participated in SSH Fieldwork in the United States.  They left Japan for Connecticut on October 28th.
   After about 13-hour flight, they arrived at New York City at 4:50 p.m. on Monday.  After immigration, a local guide joined them.  They went to Connecticut.  It took a long time to pass through immigration.  They also got stuck in the traffic jam and arrived at the hotel over 9:30 p.m.  They took a break and prepared for the training at Connecticut University.
               (208HR  Shioiri)
  They are leaving Matsuyama airport
  They Arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
  They have just done the check-in procedure.
  In front of the Halloween pumpkins at the supermarket near their hotel.


October 24th (Thu) Super Science at Ehime University

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   On the afternoon of 24th October, students in the science course visited Ehime University and took a lecture.  A group of physics took the lecture about “Plasma and Light” by Professor Maehara.  They conducted the experiment, made the observation, and studied properties of plasma and practical examples of techniques.
   21 students visited Johoku campus of Ehime University.  They studied research on Malaria there.  The lecture gave them not only knowledge of Malaria but also awareness of our future possibilities.  They got to know that we could synthesize protein.  They also learned the importance of decreasing infectious diseases to improve our lives.  After the lecture, they visited laboratories.  Thank you, stuffs in Proteo Science Center.
    (207HR  John Does)
The lecture by Professor Tsuboi
They are observing Plasmodium falciparum at Department of Malaria Research.
They are taking the lecture at Department of Proteo-Drug-Discovery Sciences.
They are taking the lecture at Department of Cell-Free Sciences.

October 23rd (Wed) Experiences at laboratories

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   Students visited 16 laboratories of Faculty of Science, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Collaborative Regional Innovation, Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Medicine, Proteo Science Center, Academic Support center, and Center for Marine Environmental Studies at Ehime University on the afternoon of 23rd and 24th October.
  First and second graders in the science course participated in lectures at each laboratory and conducted experiments, went out for field works, made an observation, programmed, and so on.  Although it was a short period of time, these experiences were good stimulus for students.
    (207HR  John Does)


October 17th (Thu) Super Science (the science course) Umepper (Tobeyaki Group)

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   Umepper, Tobeyaki Group of the first graders in the science course started their activities.  They got permission from the fire station and burned dried leaves of “nanaore-ume(plum)” which they received from Mr. Higashi working in “Nyogyo hojin Nanaore Ume Kumiai,” Nanaoreumefirm Inc.  They elutriated the clay.  We are looking forward to seeing a color of the graze.
   They practiced making tast pieces by using ginkgo ash. 
     (207HR  Jane does)
  They are drying leaves.
  Burning plum leaves
  They are making test pieces


October 16th (Wed) Support Program for Training University Students as Teachers of Sciences

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    We carried out the program which supported and trained a university student of sciences as a teacher on October 16th.  This is a part of collaboration projects between high schools and universities.  Yamane Yumi, a student in the chemistry course of the faculty of science at Ehime University, visited us.  “Focus on an effect of catalyst through a reaction of acetic acid” was today’s theme.  Through the experiment of organic synthesis, our students studied effects of catalysts from viewpoints of energy.  Although there were some advanced contents, each student used a tablet to keep record and cooperated for their tasks.  We think both our students and the university student had a very meaningful time.
  (207HR  Tange, Takenaka, Kurokawa)


October 3rd (Thu) Super Science for Second Graders in the Science Course

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    Second graders in the science course had a super science class on October 3rd.  They have already submitted their posters and abstracts for National Culture Festival for Upper Secondary Schools.  Each group conducted experiments and examined documents to deepen their research.  There were also students who were preparing for fieldwork in the United States.
    (207HR  Jane Does)

  Math Group:  They are discussing the problem with their teacher.
  Gauss Accelerator Group:  They are considering ways to observe a magnetic field in a collision.
  Friction Group:  They are gathering data.
  Water Droplet Group:  They are devising a way to observe rebounds of droplets definitely.
  Spider Group:  They are preparing for presentation materials for fieldwork in the united States.
  Parantica Sita Group:  They are watching pictures of scales taken by the optical microscope and the electron microscope. 
  Block Wall Group:  They are examining documents.
  Osmotic Group:  They are confirming how to use the laboratory equipment.


September 26th (Thu) Super Science Collaboration Study with High School and University

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    On September 26th, Super Science for first and second graders in the science course was a collaboration study with Ehime University.  They visited the faculty of science.  First graders study chemistry and geoscience.  Second graders study medicine, engineering, and agriculture.  They took the lectures and participated in the facility tours.  Students felt professors’ passion for their research.  I would like them to make use of these experiences for future research activities.

【Second graders : Medical group】
    We took the lecture, “cell memories and induced pluripotent stem cells” in the basic medicine class (Professor Kato Hidemasa) and studied research results and problems of the high pediatric in the lecture of clinical medicine.  We took the high-quality lectures at Ehime University, so we want to study more at the university.
    In addition, at the laboratory of molecular parasitology we watched malaria infecting a red blood cell of the mouse.
  The lecture of basic medicine
  The lecture of clinical medicine
  The laboratory of molecular parasitology
  Observation of malaria
【Second graders : Engineering group】
    We studied theoretical and technical breakthrough points until the realization of a manned airplane.  The lecture was “Why does an airplane fly?” given by Associate professor Iwamoto Koji, a member of mechanical engineering course, the faculty of engineering.
    In the lecture of the theory that an airplane flies, we used hydrodynamics and dynamics that we learned at high school.  Through the experiment of the paper airplane, we understood and deepen the theory for a stable flight.
【Second graders : Agriculture group】
 We visited the plant factory after the lecture, “Speaking-Plant-Approach technology enables us to do smart agriculture” given by Professor Takayama Kotaro at the graduate school of agriculture.  They studied the feature of light and photosynthesis.  We also studid the principal of diagnosing crop growth with light and the importance of cultivation management and collecting various information.  In the plant factory we watched a measurement robot and saw planted tomatoes.  Moreover we had a Q&A session.  Thank you, Professor Takayama and lab members.
  The lecture
  Observing chlorophyll of a leaf
  The plant factory tour
【First graders : Chemistry group】
    Professor Kunimatsu Tatsuya, a member of the chemistry course in the faculty of science, taught us endocrine disruptor in the lecture of environmental science.  Various substances existing in the environment remain in living things on the earth.  We also learned that we are affected by eating them.  When we burn garbage, such substances are exhausted and pollute humans especially in developing countries.  Therefore, it is necessary to solve the problems of garbage.  We have to gain correct knowledge to prevent us from being polluted by chemicals.  We should use eco-friendly materials, too.
【First graders : Geoscience group】
    Professor Kameyama Masanori and Professor Idekura Haruhiko, who are members of Geodynamics Research Center, gave us a lecture on a state of the earth interior from a macro and micro-view points.  Even if it is an invisible and the place where we are not able to go, we can learn the states of it using physics.  We felt that researching spirit of “I want to know.” is the origin of a study.  In addition, we observed the laboratory after the lecture.  We watched an extra-high-voltage power device and hime-diamond with our eyes shining.   
(207HR  S.I, S.U, R.T, M.O)


October 1st (Thu)  Tokyo University Global Science Campus

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    One of the students in the science course took part in the first Tokyo University GSC.  At first, she recieved a guidance.  It was about the purpose of the GSC and the schedule.  Then she took a lecture, “Introduction to Statistics for Scientific Study” by Hejcik Pavel, an assistant professor.  She studied the data analysis more deeply than she had studied at her school.  She wants to work on the assignment until the next GSC.
        (207HR   Yokoyama, Yamamoto, Nakano, Nagao)
  She stood in front of the gate at Tokyo University.
  The building where she took the lecture.


September 24th (Tue)309HR: Kimura Nagi joined “GSC Hiroshima Jump Stage in Australia”

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   Kimura Nagi (309HR) took part in the fieldwork from September 1st to 7th.  She started “Hop Stage” in May and advanced to “Step Stage” and “Jump Stage.”
She received the instruction from the professors at Hiroshima University.  The other day she presented the results of her study in Jump Stage over the 6 months and completely finished her program.  During the fieldwork in Australia she could have experiences only in Australia, such as a homestay, visiting two natural parks and joining the local agricultural festival.  She was able to learn cultural differences.
In the poster presentation on the fifth day, although she was nervous in front of the local audience, she did well and got confidence making use of her experience.            
    In some scientific programs, “MARS Mission in Hamilton secondary college” of the 6 the day was probably the most exciting experience for her.    
    They were divided into two groups.  One was a group of operators who give instructions.  The other was examiners to survey the surface of Mars.  She had to complete the missions with a real space suit on.  It was really exciting.
    For seven days she increased her motivation to study.  It was a precious experience for her although an entrance examination of university was coming closer.  Let’s try to challenge, first and second graders.
     (207HR    John Does)
  MARS Mission


September 19th (Thu) Super Science (second graders in the science course)

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   Today is a deadline for submitting an abstract and poster of their research to display at National Culture Festival for Upper Secondary Schools in Ehime.  Each group worked hard on their research.
        (207HR   Kondo)
  Parantica sita group:  They are discussing how to summarize.
  Block wall group:  They are summing up their experimental results.
  Mathematic group:  He is reading a reference written in English to deepen his study.
   Spiders and water drops group:  They almost complete their summaries and posters. 
  Heavy metal group:  They work on in two groups, doing experiment and summarize their research.


September 24th (Tue) Global Science Campus (GSC) Hiroshima ~Fieldwork in Taiwan~

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   Fujiie Ai, a second year student in the science course, joins Global Science Camp (GSC) Hiroshima step up stage.  She participated in the fieldwork in Taiwan from September 9th (Mon) to 11th (Wed).  The following is her report about the fieldwork.
    I joined the fieldwork in Taiwan, one of the activities of GSC Hiroshima.  Two girl students who live in Hiroshima and I joined it.  We only transported on the first day.  I left for Matsuyama airport in Taiwan from Matsuyama airport in Ehime.  I joined two girls on the way.  The typhoon delayed our transfer.  However we safely arrived at Taipei.  After arriving there, we left for Yilan.  I visited Taiwan on my school trip in May.  So I felt nostalgic about the unique smell like Taipei.  But the atmosphere there was different from that of Taipei. 
   Second day, we visited National Lan-Yang Girls’ Senior High School.  I made a presentation about glaze of Tobe-yaki I study.  It was my first presentation in English.  So I was very nervous.  The students there enjoyed not only their studies but their presentations.  This experience inspired me very much.  After that, we enjoyed English class and took various scientific seminars mixed with art.    
   When I joined group activities, I was a little bit overwhelmed by their English skills.  However, I used English as much as I can and gestures to have a good communication with them.  Thanks to it, I made many friends.  I realized my week points of English.  I want to continue studying hard.
   Third day was a homecoming day.  We had a frightening experience.  The plane we boarded tried to land on Haneda airport again and again. However, I finally  arrived at Matsuyama safely.  I had a lot of experiences.  I deepened bonds with friends, met “Rike-jo” in Taiwan , and so on.  I want to spend my school life happily and study hard.
   I thanked my teachers in Hiroshima.  They guided me during the fieldwork in Taiwan.
   The report of this fieldwork is on the website of Hiroshima University,
“GSC Hiroshima”  https://www.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/gsc/2019t
   (207HR   Morino Kouki)


September 19th (Thu) Super Science (First graders)

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  First year students in the science course set the theme of their research.  And they also made a plan of their research.  All of them studied hard.  Some groups conducted their experiments.   
     (207 HR   Morino)


September 18th (Wed) Science Club (First graders)

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   A science club was held for the first year students in the science course.  This time they learned previously for a high school – university collaboration program at Ehime University.
         (201 HR   T.I , K.M., R.O., M.O., F.T. )

September 12th (Thu)Super Science (Second graders of the science course)

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    Our Sport Day is over and the season of research is finally coming soon.  During today’s super science for second graders each group summarized their research and made their own posters.  Some groups conducted their experiments.  All of them worked hard.  
    Our graduate, a university student, joined the mathematic group as a mentor.  They discussed their future research hard.  All the group worked hard within limited time.
    (201HR Hironaka, Matsuda, Yano, Yamanaka, Yoshida, Okamoto)

  Math group They are getting some advice from their senior, a mentor.
  Parantica sita group They are thinking about their way of examining with their teacher.             
   Spider group They are making a poster and research outline
  Osmotic Pressure Group They are adjusting a solution to measure osmotic pressure.
  Heavy Metal Group   They are preparing for measurement of absorbance.
  Gauss Group  They are reading data repeatedly
  Water Drop Group  They are analyzing the pictures which was taken by them.
  Friction Group  They are measuring frictional force by the new method.
  Concrete Block Wall Group  They made trial production with clay. (No picture)


September 2nd(Mon)“Codon Letter Project” organized by Kansai University

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   Codon is the genetic code which is the set of rules used by living cells to translate information encoded within genetic material into proteins. Our school has joined “Codon Letter Project” organized by Kansai University since this April.  This time, high school students living in other prefectures joined this project and wrote 20 codon letters in code.  Students decoded them in pairs.  Dr. Toda, a professor at Kansai university and Dr. Honda, a professor at Otsuma women’s university visited our school.  Students discussed how to decipher codes efficiently in pairs.  They deciphered their codon letters having fun.  After that, they introduced their decoded codon letters to other groups using “Loi Lo Note.”  They tried deciphering codon letters they couldn’t read in collaboration.  Through these experience they felt mysteries of translation that was carried out in a human body.  They got motivated to deepen their understandings.
(201HR   K.M., M.C., M.H.)


August 30th (Fri) “The 7th Kagaku-no-Koshien junior in Ehime”

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   On August 30th, “The 7th Kagaku-no-Koshien junior in Ehime (annual scientific competition for junior high school students)” was held.  Ito Yuuki and Fujiwara Ryo, who are the students of the science course, joined it as an instructor.  They gave their presentation for junior high school students.  They have received advice from Dr. Sugiura Miwa, an associate professor of Ehime University.
   Their presentation title was “Differences in quantity of vitamin C contained in plants grown under the different conditions of the sunlight.”  Although it was difficult to understand for junior high school students, they spoke kindly asking some quizzes and choosing easy words.
   I think they can make good use of these experiences in the future.  They had a very good time. 
  (201HR    M)


August 26th (Mon)  Tobe-yaki group (From Icho-girls to Ume-chans)

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    Last year, the students of Tobe branch school made a broach using the glaze which Icho (ginkgo in English)-girls made with leaves of ginkgo trees in Matsuyama Minami High School.  When they sold the broaches in their school festival, they received a high evaluation! (There is a picture below.)
    By the way, this year Ume (plum in English)-chans are going to produce a small dish with the glaze made from branches of Nanaore plums in Tobe Town.  The other day, the first trial products were made by Ume-chans.  They used small unglazed pots made by students of Tobe branch school.  By using ash (burned plums) containing iron, they made a green glaze.  When they mixed it with feldspar, its color turns into white.  They will continue making pots with this glaze, making improvements of it.
    Although the report of Ume-chans has been stopped temporarily, their research is going well.  I am planning to report it again.  And they want to make not only the glaze that Icho-girls and Ume-chans hope but also the glaze that students of Tobe branch school want to use.
    They will try to make fascinating “Tobe-yaki.”  They would like to ask continued support.      They are going to sell their small dishes in the school festival of Tobe branch high school on Saturday, November 9th.  Please look forward to seeing their dishes then.                     (201HR     H.Y.)


August 24th (Sat)“Get Together! Science girls in Shikoku!”

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   On August 24th, “Get Together! Science Girls!”, a scientific research meeting for girl students who like science, was held at the Faculty of Science in Ehime University.  It was organized by Seishin Junior High School and Seishin Girls’ High School.
   Three second graders who belong to “water droplets group” and four students of the science course participated in it.  There were eight presentations from six schools including our high school.  Water Droplets group gave their presentation about splashes of water.  It was the first time for the group to make a presentation outside their own school.  But they could announced their results of research with a reliable attitude.  They also answered questions in the Q & A session and received some advice.    
   Our four students are the only boy in the event.  They actively asked some questions and learned many things.  After the scientific presentations, they were separated into a small group and talked with female students of Ehime University about their research and their school lives.  They also interacted with students from other schools.  
   Every participants were inspired by other schools’ presentations.  They decided to do their best.
        (201HR  H.M.K.Y.H)
  presentation of water droplets group ①
  presentation of water droplets group ②
  first graders asked questions actively
  communication with female science students


August 7th(Thu) and 8th(Fri) The 1st year of Reiwa era SSH High School Presentation Meeting

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   From August 7th to August 8th, there was “The 1st year of Reiwa era SSH High School Presentation Meeting” in Kobe international exhibition hall.  218 Japanese high schools and 23 foreign high schools joined the event.  About 4,500 students and teachers took part in it.  Three students of our high school also participated in it.  They are all third graders and belong to the water droplets research group
   This year our students made and displayed a small version of experiment devices.  They showed how to do the experiment and gave poster presentation in group.  They gave some ideas. 
   They couldn’t have an enough rest because many people wanted to listen to their presentation.  Students of the water droplets research group have given many presentations.  But they had never experienced such a long presentation.  Although they were very tired on the first day, they were filled with comfortable feelings.  They received a lot of questions and advice from people who had listened to their presentation.  They could get some hints to interpret their results.
  (201HR   Nishimoto, Sakamoto, Isshiki, Fujimoto, Yoneda)
  In front of our booth
  Our poster presentation
  Q & A with the judges
  They finished presentation


August 21st (Wed)

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Presentation Meeting for Science and Mathematics Course Students of High School in Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu district

    Our students participated in Presentation Meeting for Science and Mathematics Course Students of High School in Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu district on Monday, August 19th and Tuesday, 20th.  At Yamaguchi Health Promotion Center, 16 stage presentations and 50 poster presentations were given by students of science and mathematics courses in Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu district.
   Third graders who belongs to “Vitamin C,” “pollen fossils,” and “mathematics” group gave poster presentations from our school.
   On the first day, they gave poster presentations including a judge.  Our students did well in the long work of an hour and thirty minutes
   On the second day, they were very motivated and raised their hands to ask questions as one of the audience.
   The mathematics group won the best prize.  Everyone worked hard despite of the tight schedule.
          (201HR   A.D. , M.T., A.M., N.W.)


August 3rd(Sat), 4th(Sun)

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 “Connect our relationship!  Biodiversity: High School Students’ Challenge”
   On August 3rd and 4th, “Connect our relationship!  Biodiversity: High School Students’ Challenge” was held by Ehime Prefecture.  Two students, who are the members of the biology club, made a presentation, “Variety of butterflies in the local forest –theoretical value and actual value-”   They got the prefectural governor award (the highest award).  Members of the biology club go to Hojo Town and research butterflies there every month.  Their steady effort was awarded.   They would like to continue their research in the future.
   In the field work 20 students from 8 high schools including our school conducted the biological survey in the forest of Kazahaya area.  Students did their research after receiving the guidance from Mr. Matsui Hiromitsu, the representative of the nonprofit organization, “Mori kaea tsuzuku michi.”  They did the workshop titled “How to Preserve the Local Biodiversity.” 
   Our school student, Hanaoka Ryunosuke acted actively and announced the summary in the workshop.

〈the prefectural governor award (the highest award)〉
   “Variety of butterflies in the local forest –theoretical value and actual value-”
        Hanaoka Ryunosuke
        Yamazaki Yutaka


“Tobitate!” Leap for Tomorrow, Young Ambassador Program ~ Report ⑧ ~

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   On the return day, I left the hotel at 5am and headed to the airport.  At first, there was a small problem when I left my luggage, but I managed to get on the plane.  However, even after 1 hour, the plane did not fly, and after a while, an announcement that “departure was delayed” flowed and was got off from the plane.  I thought I will miss the connecting flight, so I asked the staff, but it was a very cold reply.  I felt the greatness of the Japanese airline.
   After all, because of bad weather in Chicago, there was only one late flight that day, but I was not allowed to ride it.  However, it is a big trouble that only the baggage goes to Chicago due to the mistake of the airline.  I couldn't return to Japan on that day, and I stayed at Dr. Mani’s house that night.
   The next day, I left home early in the morning and headed for Chicago from Hartford.  I was able to get on the plane safely.  There was no check between the international and domestic flights at the Chicago airport connection, it was free to come and go, and there was no customs and no passport check.
    This time, I was able to leave Chicago and arrive safely in Japan without getting in trouble.  Thanks to Dr. Mani’s wife’s negotiating with the airport staff, I was able to pick up my baggage at Narita Airport.
    The first thing I felt when I came back to Japan is that it is delicious whatever I eat.  I thought I had a strange taste.  All American foods have high calories and the tastes are quite different from those in Japan.  I felt that I spent about 40 days in such a situation.
    Recalling that now, it seemed like a long time, but it was not true and s short time.  I am very grateful to all the people for their cooperation in various aspects including Dr. Mani.  I would also like to share my valuable experience with many people.
  (309HR    Ikeda Yumeka)
  Chicago Airport

“Tobitate!” Leap for Tomorrow, Young Ambassador Program ~ Report ⑦ ~

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   About two weeks in Dr. Mani’s lab, I was able to conduct a series of experiments starting with the creation of molecules and measuring the emission and absorption.  I used NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) to confirm whether what we wanted to make was really made or not.  With the students in his lab, I did TLC (Thin Layer Chromatography) and Column Chromatography (Column Chromatography).  I also used a new laboratory instrument to remove the material in the flask.  The instrument was much more efficient than a micro spatula.
   On the last weekend, Mr. Sakurai took me to various places.  On weekends, there is a small market in each district.  So, I went to Peach Market.  Unlike the name, there was not much peach.  After that, I met the family and went to see the boat competition.  I went to a Thai restaurant for the last dinner.  The way of serving rice was very interesting and very delicious.
    (309HR   Ikeda Yumeka)
  Taking out substance from a flask       
  Column Chromatography
   With the students there
  With Dr. Mani
  In front of the building of Chemistry