Features of The Program
The Manai Spring Program 2020 is one-of-a-kind science program for junior high and high school students. The participants will learn science and research through a hands-on research project and engaging workshops during the Program. The participants immersing themselves deeply into the world of science in a diverse community of peers and Mentors, will give them life changing experiences.
In Manai, we believe that we most effectively learn and thrive by working on our own research projects. Participants will choose and work on a research project designed by Research Mentors with 2 or 3 other teammates. Through this research project, the participants will be able to acquire essential and general research skills and scientific methods in addition to a deep understanding of the chosen subject. The participants can build a solid foundation to be a future scientist and researcher.
Examples of Research Projects:
The Travelling Salesman Problem
Field: Computer Science / Graph Theory
Understanding the rubber hand illusion
Field: Neuroscience / Psychology
Workshops expose the participants to a large variety of topics in science, widening the participants’ perspectives and stimulate curiosity. Some of the workshops focus on particular research skills that help the research project and future research. Workshops will be delivered by the Manai Research Mentors and also other researchers from surrounding laboratories or universities around Tokyo.
Some of the past workshops:
- Introduction to Python Programming / Field: Computer Science
- Experiment to Clarify Gut Innate Immunity / Field: Cell Biology
- The Amazing World of Very Low Temperature / Field: Physics
- Science and Communication / Field: Essential Research Skill
- Experimental Design Workshop / Field: Essential Research Skill
Our research-driven Program is created and facilitated by experienced Research Mentors. The Research Mentors are science educators and researchers at top institutes from all over the world. The Research Mentors will guide the research project and support the learning experiences at Manai. This Program allows direct interaction and work closely with the active researchers who explore cutting-edge sciences. The Research Mentors will show the path of joy and wonders of science.
Manai is a diverse and international community of people from various backgrounds and specialities. We believe it is the peers and Mentors that bring about true learning experiences. Over the past eight Seasonal Programs, we have gathered about 200 students from 18 different countries. Our mission is to foster and nurture our Learning Community of many students and researchers all around the world.
|Day0: 24th March||*Students Arrival|
|Day1: 25th March||Orientation / Workshops|
Group work everyday
Other programs will include the following:
*Day4: We are planning a field trip
|Day2: 26th March|
|Day3: 27th March|
|Day4: 28th March|
|Day5: 29th March|
|Day6: 30th March|
|Day7: 31st March||Presentation|
|Day8: 1st April||*Students Departure|
- Arrival & Departure Details: Here
- Schedule is subject to change.
- Contents of workshops/experiments are to be announced at a later date.
Every participant will book their transportation to Tokyo by themselves. As a guideline, we ask all the participants to arrive at the accommodation between 5pm-9pm on March 24th. (Check-in time is from 5pm.)
Based on the participants’ request, we will pick-up and drop-off the participants as follows.
- Meeting / Drop off Point: Haneda airport and Tokyo station
- Manai staff will be welcoming/seeing-off the participants from 12pm(noon) to 6pm on March 24th / April 1st(JST)
- Please DO NOT take the flight arriving/departing at midnight or early morning. We will not be able to accommodate participants regarding these flights.
- For further details, participants will be informed after the confirmation of his/ her participation.
Outline of The Program
|Date||March 25th, 2020 – March 31st, 2020 (7days) |
*Please also check the Arrival & Departure Details: here.
|Location||Manai Tokyo Base @ Ichigaya (Map)|
|Accommodation||First Cabin TKP Ichigaya|
|Target Ages||14 to 17 year old (9 to 12 grade) as of April 1st, 2020|
|Participation Fee||230,000 JPY|
(Including: program fee, accommodation fee, meals and insurance)
*Additional bank transaction fee may apply.
*The insurance basically covers accidental injury during the program, but not for sickness such as cold and rash etc…
|Scholarship||Scholarships will be provided for a few students who excel as a result of the document and the interview screening. The scholarship will NOT cover the airfare or transportation to/from Japan.|
|Organizer||Manai Enterprise Inc.|
Application Steps & Procedures of The Participation
First round: November 15th, 2019 12:00 noon (JST)
Second round: December 5th 12:00 noon(JST)
The online interview will be conducted through the application called Zoom.
Scheduling of the interview will be coordinated with the student.
We will also inform you of the participation fee transfer information and the Letter of Consent.
The due date for the payment will be within 10 days after informing the screening result.
We will also need a participation agreement with a parent/guardian’s signature on the Letter of Consent.
*The scholarshipped students will confirm their participation only with the Letter of Consent.
For the students who are required a VISA to come to Japan, we will provide documents to apply once the fights are booked.
“Talent is something the society breeds and using those talents for the society is how to give back”
is the shared understanding who will act as a “Senpai” and support the students.
Each student who pass the assessment period and enroll to Manai will be assigned their own “Senpai.”
“Senpai,” as experienced member of the society, will help lead the students in their activities.
Specific roles of “Senpai” are:
- Building relationship with the student
- Financial support for the student’s learning
- Providing access to their network
“Senpai” will be able to give back to the society through the talented Manai student - expanding their communities and field through the student.
We believe that for the students during their impressionable times being able to receive support and walk through this time together, will be extremely memorable and impactful.