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ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy is an annual one-week, cross-cultural Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) exchange and leadership program for 16 high school students and eight teachers from Japan and the U.S. In August, program participants from both countries will work together in Tokyo to develop a disaster-resilient, smart community of the future. With counsel from Toshiba engineers and a visit to the Toshiba Smart Community building, the students and teachers will work in teams to develop proposed solutions to these problems using learning experiences that are central to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the engineering design process.
The academy links the TOMODACHI Initiative's roots in disaster recovery to Toshiba's founding commitment to technological innovation, and passion for science and technology education. It is part of Toshiba's support for the TOMODACHI initiative, a public-private partnership, born out of support for Japan's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs. The program is designed to foster closer ties between U.S. and Japanese teachers and students, to nurture a strong sense of STEM literacy, and to inspire the use of science and technology to address some of the world's most complex issues in the future. Their Japanese counterparts will be separately selected from high school students and teachers who promote strong achievements in science and mathematics education and international student exchanges.
Find out more on how to join the academy next summer, please click below;
Students entering the TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy must be:
Teacher participants in the Toshiba TOMODACHI Leadership Academy must have all of the following requirements:
The world is experiencing many serious environmental and climate issues. Additionally, communities are struggling with the demands of an increasing population, aging infrastructure, increasing demand for finite resources and problems associated with global climate change. To join the TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy, students are required to complete the application process and write an original essay of 400 to 1,000 words that discusses innovative solutions to one of the essay prompts listed below:
Cultural experience - Please include a brief description about what appeals to you most about a week-long exchange experience in Japan and what you think some of the challenges, other than language, might be. How would you deal with such challenges?
Additional rules and requirements include:
A panel of expert judges will judge each entry based on how well the student addressed one of the four issues above in their essay and the level of innovation in the student's approach.
Please email the entry form (32KB) and your essay, in two separate files, to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 4, 2015. One file should contain the entry form only. The other file is your essay, as either a Word document or a PDF. Do not include your name or any identifier in your essay file. Total combined file size should be less than 5MB.
High school teachers who are interested in participating will fill out your information on the TOMODACHI Toshiba Academy Form to receive the TOMODACHI Toshiba Science and Leadership Academy (TTA) update.
Teachers are requested to submit an essay and to briefly answer a few additional questions on the entry form (26KB) from November 19, 2014 to May 4, 2015. Science teachers are being asked to create experiences that help students understand complex environmental, social and economic issues. Additionally, the world community is struggling with the demands of an increasing population, changing population dynamics, aging infrastructure, increasing demand for finite resources and problems associated with global climate change.
In order to participate in the program, you will need to consider each of these problems. Please read the four writing prompts listed below and write an original essay of 400 to 1,000 words that discusses innovative solutions to one of these problems:
Following your essay, please include a brief paragraph describing what appeals to you most about a week-long exchange experience in Japan. What do you think some of the challenges of this academy might be for you? How would you respond to these challenges?
Additional rules and requirements include:
Please email the entry form (26KB) and your essay, in two separate files, to email@example.com by May 4, 2015. One file should contain the entry form only. The other file is your essay, as either a Word document or a PDF. Do not include your name or any identifier in your essay file. Total combined file size should be less than 5MB.
Submissions will be accepted from November 19, 2014 to May 4, 2015. The eight winning students and four winning teachers will be announced by May 18, 2015.
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