Today, we went to the DVC. There are some Japanese people who had been studying there or went to DVC and they talked to about us their stories. I was surprised with their reasons for coming to America because some students’ reasons were just that they wanted to come. I thought that people who leave Japan to study must have some reason like; “I want to research about something, but I can’t do that in Japan, so I’m going to go overseas.” Today, we also went to UC Berkley. My teachers said that the area was a bit dangerous so I was a little careful. But the cityscape was really good. This school trip is going to finish soon, so I want to enjoy it until the end. (August 7 T.T)
Today, I played with the spaghetti and marshmallow tower, Lego prototyping, and water bottles. It was difficult, but really fun!! We had to create them as fast and as well as possible. First, I learned what it means to get the correct answer from repeated failure from spaghetti and marshmallow tower. Second, I discovered how difficult it is to express what you want to tell someone using pictures that I learnt from when we used the Lego prototyping.
Third, these activities required us to use creative thinking to try and include some of the best ways to achieve our goal and we were able to also use ideas from our experience. From these points, I thought that prototyping was important. (August 3 H.M)
Today was the third day to go to Stanford university. I think we could learn a lot.
We had a lecture from Mr. Murphy-Shigematsu about “Mindfulness”. I had done it when I took part in the brass band contest; however, everything he taught us was so new to me. After his lecture, we went to the Windhover. This building is so quiet and artistic.
We had lunch with the professors for the first time. I was so surprised that Mr. Murphy-Shigematsu knew a lot about Japan. I talked with him about railways. I think he knew a lot more about Japan than me…
After lunch, we went to the art museum. It looked like a castle and was so beautiful. There were so many pictures and there were so many famous pictures in this museum. I was surprised. I really enjoyed taking pictures with my friends.
The most impressive event today was to play in the fountain. We also played in another place, but today’s one was bigger than yesterday. It was so nice to play in it.
I hope to get a lot of experiences more on the rest of this trip. (August 4 M.A)
Today was the last day of the Stanford youth program.
We did a final presentation, and my group talked about “sharegg”.
“Sharegg” is the solution to improve the life of a cell phone battery.
We discussed about its features; what is important or not.
With the mentor’s help, we had a significant amount of time in-group discussion.
On the presentation, I performed a short skit. I thought that something inside me changed while I was performing it. I felt like I break out of my shell.
The most surprising thing today was to know that the mentor who supported our group could speak Japanese fluently. He was pretending like he couldn’t understand it, so when we were discussing things, we tried to translate what we were talking about in Japanese to English. Yet, he was able to understand all the things what we were saying, so he gave us some hints about exactly what we needed. It helped our creativity to grow.
Throughout this workshop, I learned the importance of positivity and creativity. I want my creativeness to grow more after I go back to Japan, too.
I want to the next three days of this trip. (August 6 A.S)
Today was the second day of the YCISL. We did activities that were related to prototyping. For example, spaghetti and marshmallow tower, Lego prototyping, and water bottle feature exercise. In addition, we had a presentation from Mr. Glenn Katz about sustainability and went to Hover Tower.
All of the prototyping exercises were very enjoyable and fun to do. In spaghetti and marshmallow tower, we had two rounds. For the first round, most people couldn’t get even an inch. However, most people broke their records on the second round. From this result, Dr.Colin said to us “fail early, fail fast”. Since it made me feel like as if I’m a scientist, it felt good. For the Lego prototyping, I was amazed at how we can tell what people are thinking just by drawing a picture. In addition I was surprised not only where you can tell what you are thinking about but also tell really precisely. Finally, I learned a new way to come up with ideas throughout the water bottle feature exercise. The new way is to gather things that are good and use those things to create new stuff. Although this sounds pretty simple, every time I try to come up with a new idea, I just try to come up with a completely new idea.
In conclusion, with all of the lessons I learned, I think these things can be taken back to Japan. Not only to gain information, but if there’s any chance I want to give something to someone that they don’t have. (August 3 T.R)
Today, we met Mr. Murphy and learnt about mindfulness. We settled in quietly at windhover, closed our eyes, cleared our minds, and though of our favorite things and places. In the mindfulness, I was able to think about myself deeply. I’ve never thought of such things in my usual life, so it was very fresh for me. Although it seemed easy to sit still with my eyes closed, it was a bit difficult. But I felt that I was able to relax. Mr. Murphy said that he always does mindfulness in the morning. He doesn’t do it at night because he will be sleepy. I think I will try it sometimes. Doing mindfulness makes us refreshed and we can reconsider ourselves. It helps us to live a fulfilling life. I think doing the mindfulness is a good way to grow yourself.
Also we went to the art museum. I was excited to see the paintings and the statues. There are so many wonderful pieces of art but we had homework about the work so everyone chose their favorite one. The pieces of art selected by everyone was different, so I felt that each person’s favorite work was different, and the things that they feel from that work are also different. (August 4 K.Y)
Today was our first day of the YCISL and I think we learned so much!!! In Japan, I think there is a clear line between studying and playing but in other countries like America, I don’t think there is much of a clear line, and I think they are able to connect the two so I thought that was very interesting. By playing games, I think we were able to understand what the teacher was trying to teach us, and at the same time, we were able to have fun and bond as a team. Personally I thought the hardest game was the birthday line up because in the second round, we weren’t able to communicate using our eyes or body language, which is an important part of communication. Even though we feel thankful for many things, because we don’t put them into what we can see, it is difficult to know what and why you are appreciating them so I thought the gratitude photos were something maybe we should continue even when this program is over. Finally, I really enjoyed the sketch your neighbor because I actually did exactly what the teacher said we might do even before he said it. It was also interesting to know the differences between the reactions between the ages. I hope we keep up the great work, and I cannot wait for tomorrow!! (August 2 Y.S)
It felt satisfying and so accomplishing when we finally came up with an innovative idea. I was a bit nervous to work and share my ideas with people I didn’t know very well. However, it didn’t turn out to be just awkward silence. Using post-its made it so much easier to share ideas, even ones I probably wouldn’t write down if we weren’t using them. But the hard part was coming up with really innovative ideas. Like Dr. Collin said, it might sound simple but it’s not easy. And that’s why when we finally got the perfect idea we felt very accomplished. (August 2 S.K)