About the School Programスクール・プログラムとは

This continual learning program requires monthly tuition fees and each term is 6 months to one year. We set a theme for each term and the students are expected to take all the classes throughout the term.

We offer a curriculum that will provide multifaceted knowledge and experience to the children who have various dreams about space, such as becoming an astronaut, a rocket developer, an astronomer, or working for facilities at JAXA, for example in a control tower, as well as those who are interested in space-themed comprehensive studying activities.

In the school program, the studies stress three interrelated goals: Enriching human quality, Increasing engineering motivation, and Increasing scientific motivation. In particular there are five lecture fields: Human science, Organization studies, Space engineering, Astronomy and Geoscience.

These five fields are well balanced and effectively?programmed in this Program. We want the children?to have fun and learn continuously to make their dreams come?true.




Enriching human quality人間力を高める

It is important for any job, not only for an astronaut, to have cooperativeness with others to work toward one mission use team work to care for others as well as have individual ability. Also we need a way of thinking and a pattern of behavior known as a “Plan-Do-See cycle“ to promote a project.

We will develop the above abilities studying the two fields, Human science and Organization studies, to enrich “Human quality“.

In the field of Human science, we will use “Orienteering” as experience material and the students will learn basic physical fitness, athletic ability and team work. Orienteering is a sport allowing you to learn a lot by using mental and athletic ability. It is incorporated as an official club at many universities and is part of the training program in the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.

In the field of Organization studies, the concept is “Team building” which is often used for new hire training and promotion training at corporations. We play a game in the class which encourages them to think together as a group or make one thing or achieve a mission together through trial and error.

Our goal for the children is that they gain further knowledge and experience through the group activities, learn “Team leadership ability” to run a team and “Follow up ability” to assist others in good balance and to improve their imagination and discussion abilities.

In the selection examination to become an astronaut in 2008, one of the questions was “As a team make a robot to comfort an astronaut who lives in the International Space Station using Lego block Mind Stream (12 hour time limit) ”. In this task, they are expected to plan the project and give a presentation at the end. As you can see here, they consider it important that they can maximize their potential while they clarify their position in the team.

In this program, the children work on the specified subject together to start with. We will gradually increase the difficulty and need for creativity and let the children plan a project and make a presentation about the outcome at the end.





Increasing engineering motivation工学的モチベーションを高める

A lot of children who are interested in “Space” are also interested in mechanical objects such as a rockets or satellites. However they often find it difficult to study at school or study for an exam because it is hard for them to understand how their studies relate to their interests.

We will learn and experience the basics of space engineering and physics in the Space engineering portion of this program。

We build “model rockets” or “PET-bottle rockets” for flying experiments, which is the best way to learn the structure of the rocket and the principles of flying, and we make and experiment with things related to “Swinging by” which is the technology used to give a space probe more speed in space.

Enjoying learning what they are interested in will motivate the students to learn more on their own.

As a result, they won’t be “ forced to study”. They will be “studying what they want to and understanding step by step”. Our goal is to lead the children to study actively.

We use the Hayabusa project and the H?ⅡA rocket launching plan as learning subjects. The students will learn how and which things they have learned would work in the actual project. This allows them to think of launching a rocket as part of the project not as a single event and extend their thoughts to the purpose of launching or how the satellite and space probe get into the target orbit etc.

We also have classroom lectures and discussions about “Reusable and Returnable Spacecraft”, considered as an alternative way for a rocket to travel to space. This helps the students establish a foundation of jobs related to space development.

“Reusable and Returnable Spacecraft” is one of our research subjects at the Children of Earth Space Education Center. We develop a space glider and the whole process including preparation, testing and flying is considered part of the curriculum of training researchers.





Increasing scientific motivation理学的モチベーションを高める

Theoretically, the earth is the only planet humans can live on. A deeper understanding of the earth, for example how to reuse our limited resources, is improving the progress of mankind and increasing attention is now being paid to the academic field of Earth Science.
Recently, attention is being paid to the field as it is directly related to earthquake prediction, environment problems and Mars exploration. Study in the Earth Science field is expected to continue to develop.

We hope this scientific curiosity will help the children find out which university or department they would like to go to in their early stages and start studying toward to it.

In Astronomy classes, to stimulate scientific curiosity and inquisitiveness, we study the structure of the solar system, (location, distance, size) and learn why we research space, what we find out from the research, what are is the missions of the satellites and probes launched by rockets.

We use “Space Engine”, software which allows us to realistically replicate space, as a learning tool. This software is used in many planetariums.

In addition, during astronomical observations where everybody goes out to observe the stars under the sky, we also discuss issues such as : why life exists on the earth, what kind of conditions are required for life to exist on planets other than the earth, what does astronomical research reveal.

In Earth Sciences classes, we think about the Sun, the Earth, Water and Energy. We raise questions to help us understand the environment of the earth and the specificity of the planet. We use “Agriculture” as an experience material. We touch the earth and grow plants together and improve the sense of cooperation through the group work. This curriculum will allow the children to view the earth as Earthlings.