The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Real Science Education Institute

Reconstruction support "genki teacher project- assemble! Learning Science through the sports science department."

Activity grant

Project Description

Elementary and junior high school staff members are entrusted with development and reconstruction of the area, and are aiming to educate the children of Tohoku areas and help long term recovery through sound development of children by 1) creating teaching materials out of personal belongings 2) propose teaching plans incorporating techniques from personal experience. The issue of education sites in afflicted areas is weighing on faculty staff, so support for them is essential. The aim of this activity is to give staff members a chance to fill up on energy to overcome and learn from the difficult situations.

Grant year
FY2011 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years and 3 months
July 2011 - September 2014
Grant amount
4,478,000 yen
Activity region
Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Measuring the size of beech trees using their bodies in Tsugaike nature observation class

Overview of the Organization

Hitoshi Akiyama, President
Hitoshi Akiyama, President
Establishment purpose
A "fear of science" hasnot only appeared in education, but has become a problem in children, and a range of exchanges are taking place discussing the matter. Motivation and appreciation of science is born from exciting, moving and fulfilling experiences. What is necessary to resolve Japanese children's shift away from science is experience-oriented science education, with a focus on "seeing, touching, trying and thinking". Real Science was established with the objective of developing and disseminating experiential science education programs and fostering human resources capable of contributing to the international community through science.
Main areas of activity
Kushiro, Hokkaido; Tokyo; Kanagawa Prefecture; Shizuoka Prefecture; Tokai, Aichi Prefecture; Nobeoka City, Miyazaki Prefecture
4 full-time staff members, 10 part-time staff members, 9 full members
Annual operating budget
30.1 million yen in 2008, 44.6 million yen in 2009, 48.6 million yen in 2010
Recent activities
  • (1) Implementation of instructor training courses (real science master education course) focusing on disseminating experiential science education.
  • (2) The holding of home classes and science experiment classes for enjoyable science experiences for children and guardians.
  • (3) Nature experience activities such as survey and observation of living things in the outdoors, incorporating a scientific perspective