Camping Program

Difficulty 難易度

Age : Grade 3 to Grade 9

About the Camping Program

This is the curriculum which offers a 2 to 3 day overnight camping program. To make it most effective, it is a 3 to 6 month program set with a pre and after program. (In case of too many applications, we will hold a draw for place allocation.)


Experiencing Astronaut Training Program

It has been 30 years since the first Japanese astronaut in 1985. During that time only eleven people have been selected to become astronauts in Japan. It is a highly specialized job (The road to becoming an astronaut must pass through a very narrow gate) and the selection examinations have been held only 5 times in the past. It is a very specialized career and only a few are selected after intense competition.

During the training, the students will learn various abilities: “Comprehension”, ” Judgment”,“Concentration”, ”Communication”, ”Risk management”, “Leadership”, “Support capabilities". These abilities are required to become an astronaut. They will experience training to foster their “Leadership skills” to pull the team together by requiring them to live and work in space and “Follow-up skills” to operate the team smoothly at the actual training facility in JAXA Tsukuba Space Center.

The whole program includes the pre-training, the actual astronaut simulation training experience camp and the after-training. We offer pre-training which allows them to learn the nature of being an astronaut as well as information that will lead to the success of the simulation training. There is also basic training to prepare for living communally before attending the camp. The program ends with the after-training session where the children record their observations. They will report and present what they have learned during the program. This whole process is considered one curriculum.




The program to see the launch of a rocket

We offer a camp to visit Tanegashima Island, the rocket launch site, and see the launch of “Kounotori”(HTV), a cargo transporter to the International Space Station, or other satellites which have various missions.

The launch of the rocket is not the only event. Before and after visiting the site, we study and understand that a rocket is one of the transportation methods, that there are various difficulties to overcome before a launch and the purpose of the things to be transported. These are such things as a satellite and a probe. We consider the launch of a rocket, which is moving and has overwhelming impact, to be one of the topics of the whole project.

The theme of the study is the whole project related to a satellite or probe. In the program, we create opportunities for exposure to the various fields related to space development and encourage our students to find things they want to actively learn on their own.




Facility Visit Program

Anybody who loves space admires JAXA. Each facility at fourteen different locations in Japan is open to the public for self-guided tours, and anybody can visit and be exposed to the actual site of space development. However during the self-guided tour, it is not easy to understand the importance of the display and the contents of the research if you are not interested.

Our Facility Visit Camp offers a pre-program to understand the role of each facility at JAXA and the contents of research and development so that the students are prepared with enough knowledge and understanding when they visit the site.

Not only will we visit Tsukuba Space Center and Tanegashima Space Center which are the major locations representing JAXA, but we will visit facilities which are not given as much attention. These other facilities take a very important role and provide a lot of study materials to children who have a strong interest in space development. Such facilities are: Kakuda Space Center located in Miyagi Prefecture, specializing in research and development of rocket engines which are the hearts of rockets; Chofu Aerospace Center located in Tokyo, specializing in research and development of aerospace as well as space;Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, manufacturer of rockets and satellites.

As in the other Camping Program, the process of the pre-study, the actual camp and the report and presentation afterward, is considered to be one integrated curriculum. The program will give students a chance to learn actively on their own from “Practical Way of Learning”: “Acquiring basic and fundamental knowledge”, ”Applying the knowledge and skills they have learned” and “Exploring tasks“.





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