Rolls-Royce conducts STEM education outreach at The British School in Tokyo

Written by BCCJ
June 16, 2023


Written by BCCJ
June 16, 2023

Japanese article follows after the English. All photos courtesy of The British School in Tokyo.

Rolls-Royce Japan held STEM classes for students at The British School in Tokyo (BST) on 31 May and 2 June. This was the first time for Rolls-Royce to hold such classes at BST.

Susumu Kaminaga, President, Rolls-Royce Japan, and Kaoru Okamoto, an engineer at Rolls-Royce Japan, visited BST as STEM Ambassadors, lecturing around 150 students—future STEM professionals—on the mechanics of jet engines and engine development over two days. The students asked a variety of questions, including what happens to an airplane if an engine breaks, what materials engines are made of, and how engines are transported from the factory.

After the lecture, the students formed groups and used modules from Rolls-Royce-developed STEM Kits to make a cooler fan and a box that can be opened by a switch. They also tried their hand at an “open ended” challenge using LEGO blocks, proactively trying different module combinations to make original creations.

Rolls-Royce is conducting STEM outreach activities around the world with the goal of inspiring interest in STEM subjects among 25 million young people by 2030. In Japan, Rolls-Royce has held a Science Camp for middle and high school students since 2017, with 258 students from 40 high schools across the country participating last year. This year, it is further expanding STEM activities in Japan through holding classes at BST.

Susumu Kaminaga, President, Rolls-Royce Japan, said: “Rolls-Royce believes that technology can solve many problems. We hope that STEM education initiatives like this will help foster the next generation of STEM professionals who come up with innovations that are unimaginable today.

To learn more about Rolls-Royce’s STEM education initiatives please click this link.

ロールス・ロイス ジャパンは、5月31日と6月2日の2日間、ブリティッシュ・スクール・イン・東京(BST)にて、STEM授業を実施しました。ロールス・ロイスが同校のSTEM授業に参加するのは今回が初めてです。

ロールス・ロイス ジャパン社長の神永晋とエンジニアの岡本薫の2名がSTEM大使として同校を訪問し、2日間で約150名の未来のSTEMプロフェッショナルへ、ジェットエンジンの仕組みやエンジン開発についてレクチャーを行いました。参加した生徒からは、エンジンが壊れたら飛行機はどうなるのか、エンジンの素材は何からできているのか、工場で作ったエンジンをどうやって運ぶのかなど、様々な質問があがりました。



ロールス・ロイス ジャパン社長の神永晋は次のように述べています。「ロールス・ロイスはテクノロジーの力が様々な問題を解決できると考えています。こうしたSTEM教育が、今は想像もつかないようなイノベーションを起こす次世代のSTEMプロフェッショナルの育成へつながることを期待しています」