Japanese Team Visits Eureka Springs EAST Lab

   

Japanese Team Visits Eureka Springs EAST Lab
8/9/2013 3:47:44 PM

It was a busy week for the Eureka Springs High School EAST students who welcomed a team of Japanese teachers and students from the Wakayama Prefecture Kainan High School last November 11-15, 2007.

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Date: November 27, 2007
Contact: Mila Lynne Floro
Tel: (479) 253-2936
Email: mlpowell@es.k12.ar.us
Release: IMMEDIATELY

Japanese Team Visits Eureka Springs EAST Lab
    
It was a busy week for the Eureka Springs High School EAST students who welcomed a team of Japanese teachers and students from the Wakayama Prefecture Kainan High School last November 11-15, 2007.   Both schools are participants in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher Program (JFMF MTP) where they are undertaking several environmental education projects.  Under the Master Teacher Program, monthly videoconferences are conducted that allow American and Japanese students to share and learn from each other.

Members of the Japanese visiting team were Biology teacher Sachi Matsushima and English teacher Chie Tanaka, and, students Tomoe Tanaka and Yurie Tomita.  The team’s visit involved coordinating different aspects of their JFMF joint project (Natural Disaster School Evacuation Plan) with their EAST partners, participating in the EAST Lab’s annual GIS Day celebration, conducting a Kids Science Demonstration at the Eureka Springs Elementary School, meeting with the Eureka Springs Rotary Club.  In coordination with the Eureka Springs High School Foreign Language Club, a special early Thanksgiving potluck dinner was held to share a traditional American holiday.

The EAST students participating in the JFMF MTP project are Tanner Duckworth, Megan Handley, Aleisha Huntley, Brandon Jacobs, Kate Murphy, Matt Tenan and Heaven Townsend.  Japanese Rotary Club Exchange student Mariko Enomoto, also an EAST student, helps translate.  

To develop a Natural Disaster School Evacuation Plan for schools in their respective cities, the EAST Lab helped the Japanese students start their GPS/GIS and Architectural Design training.  EAST student Matt Tenan taught the Japanese students how to use a Global Positioning Systems (GPS) rover and how to create Geographic Information Systems (GIS) maps.  During their 2-day session, they were able to complete a School Mapping project.  EAST student Brandon Jacobs demonstrated how to create architectural designs using Google SketchUp and how to transfer the designs into Google Earth.  The Japanese team was so impressed with Matt and Brandon’s patience and knowledge that they asked to take both boys with them when they returned to Japan.

Kainan High School is designated by its State’s Ministry of Education as a Super Science High School.  One of its major science projects is to demonstrate to their local elementary schools the joy and excitement of science and math.   The Japanese students conducted two incredibly fun science experiments for their American audience of fourth graders from the Eureka Springs Elementary School and Academy of Excellence.  Teachers Rod McGuire, Rachal Hyatt and Ann Reed, Eureka Springs Mayor Dani Gay and Eureka Springs Elementary Principal Wayne Carr were present to enjoy the session.  The Japanese team was amazed at the American students’ high level of questions and enthusiastic response.  But the American hosts were even more impressed with Yurie and Tomoe who did their entire presentation in English.

At the Eureka Springs Rotary Club, the Japanese team and their EAST student partners explained their Natural Disaster School Evacuation Project.  The project’s focus will be on natural disasters that threaten their respective cities and the creation of evacuation maps for their local schools.  The students shared the fact that both their towns have narrow roads which emergency vehicles have difficulty using. The planned evacuation maps will include disaster prevention methods based on populations and age compositions of the residents.  The Rotarians were also treated to the Japanese students’ science experiment demonstration.

The Japanese team’s visit culminated in GIS Day, held at the EAST Lab.  The Japanese team enjoyed the map gallery, mapping games and puzzles, GPS rover demonstrations, and GIS mapping projects.  They were amazed at the over 153 guests who attended the celebration.  The Japanese gathered ideas on how to celebrate GIS Day at their own Kainan High School.    

By the end of their stay, both EAST and Japanese teams learned much.  The EAST students had a fantastic time hosting the Japanese team.  The Japanese team was polite, disciplined and very smart.    The Japanese guests were amazed with the independent and outgoing Americans’ technical skills.  The EAST students hope they will be able to visit their Kainan High School partners in the near future.

The Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund, based in Tokyo, oversees all aspects of the Master Teacher Program.  The Program is sponsored by the Government of Japan and was launched in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. government Fulbright Program, which has enabled more than 6,000 Japanese citizens to study in the U.S. on Fulbright fellowships for graduate education and research.  

The EAST Lab is an elective high school class that encourages students to use high-end technologies to solve community problems.  To learn more about the EAST Lab and the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher Program, please email EAST facilitator Mila Lynne Floro at mlpowell@es.k12.ar.us, or, call (479) 253-2936.

Click to enlargePhoto 1 (Thanksgiving dinner):  The Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab and the Foreign Language Club hosted a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for a team of Japanese teachers and students from the Wakayama Prefecture Kainan High School at the Eureka Springs Elementary School.  The Japanese team and the EAST Lab are project partners under the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher Program.  Front row (from left): Shalia Carr, EAST students Tanner Duckworth (also Foreign Language president), Aleisha Huntley, Heaven Townsend, Chelsea Shaffer, Japanese students Tomoe Tanaka and Yurie Tomita.  Standing (from left) Elementary School Principal Wayne Carr, Foreign Language Club sponsor and Spanish teacher Linnea Koester, EAST students Brandon Jacobs, Megan Handley, Emily Payne, Rima Hermanto and Kate Murphy.

Click to enlargePhoto 2 (Science demo 1): Japanese students from the Wakayama Prefecture Kainan High School conducted fun science demonstrations for the fourth graders of the Eureka Springs Elementary School and the Academy of Excellence.  The Japanese students were guests of the Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab, as both schools are project partners under the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher Program.  Shown in the group photo with all the happy fourth graders are (kneeling in the front) Japanese Biology teacher Sachi Matsushima, (last row from left) Academy of Excellence teacher Ann Reed, Eureka Springs Elementary School teacher Rod McGuire, Eureka Springs Mayor Dani Gay, Eureka Springs Elementary Principal Wayne Carr (displaying a Japanese gift), and Japanese students Yurie Tomita and Tomoe Tanaka.

Click to enlargePhoto 3 (Science demo 2): Japanese students from the Wakayama Prefecture Kainan High School conducted fun science demonstrations for the fourth graders of the Eureka Springs Elementary School and the Academy of Excellence.  The Japanese students were guests of the Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab, as both schools are project partners under the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher Program.  Shown in the group photo with all the happy fourth graders are Japanese students Yurie Tomita (standing) and Tomoe Tanaka (kneeling).
 
Click to enlargePhoto 4 (Rotary):  The Eureka Springs Rotary Club heard a presentation from the visiting team of Japanese teachers and students from the Wakayama Prefecture Kainan High School and the EAST students of the Eureka Springs High School.  The Japanese team and the EAST Lab are project partners under the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher Program where their joint project is a Natural Disaster School Evacuation Project.  Front row (from left): Japanese Biology teacher Sachi Matsushima, Japaner Chie Tanaka, Japanese students Yurie Tomita and Tomoe Tanaka, EAST facilitator Mila Lynne Floro, EAST student and Rotary Interact Vice President Megan Handley, Rotarian John Brodbeck, EAST student Kate Murphy, Rotarian President Harley Barnum.  Back row (from left) Rotarian and Eureka Springs Elementary Principal Wayne Carr, Rotarian Mark Mallett and Eureka Springs School District Superintendent Reck Wallis, and EAST student Brandon Jacobs.

Click to enlargePhoto 5 (Training 1):  The Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab welcomed a Japanese team of teachers and students from the Wakayama Prefecture Kainan High School.  Both schools are project partners under the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher Program where their joint project is a Natural Disaster School Evacuation Project.  EAST student Matt Tenan is shown teaching Japanese students Yurie Tomita and Tomoe Tanaka how to use a Trimble GPS rover to get mapping data that would be processed for GIS maps.   

Click to enlargePhoto 6 (Training 2) The Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab welcomed a Japanese team of teachers and students from the Wakayama Prefecture Kainan High School.  Both schools are project partners under the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher Program where their joint project is a Natural Disaster School Evacuation Project.  EAST student Brendan Jacobs is seen demonstrating to Japanese teachers Chie Tanaka and Sachi how to create architectural designs using Google SketchUp and how to transfer the designs into Google Earth.  

Click to enlargePhoto 7 (GIS Day) The Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab welcomed a Japanese team of teachers and students from the Wakayama Prefecture Kainan High School.  Both schools are project partners under the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher Program where their joint project is a Natural Disaster School Evacuation Project.  The Japanese guests helped the EAST Lab celebrate GIS Day, an annual global event.  Wearing their new GIS Day t-shirts are Eureka Springs School District Superintendent Reck Wallis, (from left) Japanese teacher Chie Tanaka, Japanese students Tomoe Tanaka and Yurie Tomita, and Japanese teacher Sachi Matsushima.

Click to enlargePhoto 8 (Gift) The Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab welcomed a Japanese team of teachers and students from the Wakayama Prefecture Kainan High School.  Both schools are project partners under the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher Program where their joint project is a Natural Disaster School Evacuation Project.  Eureka Springs High School Principal David Childers is seen receiving a gift from Japanese student Tomoe Tanaka.  Joining in are (from left) Japanese teachers Sachi Matsushima and Chie Tanaka, EAST students and JFMF team members Matt Tenan, Megan Handley, Kate Murphy and Brandon Jacobs, and EAST Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro.

 

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