Nurturing Future Generations
The future rests on the shoulders of adolescents and children. With that in mind, we carry out various activities aimed at teaching the young that chemicals are all around us, and showing them how fun, interesting and mystifying chemistry can be, as well as getting them interested in science, and inspiring them to create the technologies of the future.
Cosponsoring of Robotics Competition
Mitsui Chemicals cosponsored the Japanese portion of "FIRST LEGO League 2018* (FLL 2018),” the world's largest robotics competition. In line with our social activities policies aimed at fostering the future generation, as well as the active development of a wide range of robot components, we endorse FIRST LEGO League's (FLL) idea of "providing children with an opportunity to experience the excitement of solving issues in the real world while utilizing active learning and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), cultivating the talents required by a future society.”
In the Japanese section of FLL 2018 held on February 11, 2019, our booth displayed panels concerning solar cells, some installed on satellites, along with the sealing materials used in the cells. This display was jointly organized with our group company, Mitsui Chemicals Tohcello, Inc. under this year’s FLL theme, “INTO ORBIT.” The booth also displayed a range of robot components produced across the Group companies. Further, we held Laboratory Classes on the Wonders of Chemistry and demonstrated a heat absorption experiment using urea.
*FIRST LEGO League 2018:
FIRST LEGO League is one of the world's largest robotics competitions sponsored by FIRST, a nonprofit organization in the United States, and the LEGO Group (the Japanese championship is sponsored by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). FLL is currently held in more than 88 countries around the world, and the number of students participating in FLL is more than 260,000. Two to 10 children make a team to participate in the robotics competition and conduct scientific research and its presentation based on the theme of the competition. Top teams at the championship in each country will qualify for the world competition.
Receiving Internship Trainees
The Mitsui Chemicals Group accepts internship trainees at each of its offices and business affiliates. Internship training was undertaken for 206 interns at Group companies in fiscal 2018.
Sun Medical Co., Ltd. participates in the All Shiga de Internship program* since fiscal 2018. Held by Shiga Prefecture, this program is designed to help university students living in the prefecture develop a clearer idea about their future career through internships as well as spark the interest of students in local companies.
Sun Medical accepted two students in August and September in fiscal 2018, one from the University of Shiga Prefecture and the other from Kyoto Tachibana University, providing internships of five days and 14 days, respectively. On the final day of their internship periods, the students gave a presentation to report on the features of Sun Medical from a student’s viewpoint and on what they had learned and noticed through their internships. This presentation session gave a good opportunity for the attending employees to review their own work and inspire them to make improvements. We are continuing this internship program in fiscal 2019.
*All Shiga de Internship :
A program to support corporations and agricultural organizations in the prefecture to secure human resources by promoting their businesses among candidates and advising on recruitment strategies. This internship program is managed by the Shiga Internship Promotion Council to cultivate a practical viewpoint in students about employment and develop an understanding of local companies through prefectural internships, thereby encouraging students to choose to work in Shiga and matching the needs of students and corporations.
Science Technology Seminar for High School Students
Mitsui Chemicals Singapore R&D Centre Pte. Ltd. (MS-R&D) received a visit from about 40 students and teachers from Izumo Senior High School, Shimane Prefecture, on January 25, 2019. The visit was realized as a result of the school being designated as a Super Science High School*1 and Super Global High School*2 by MEXT.
During the school visit, MS-R&D researchers talked about their roles in society and the purpose of R&D. We also held a Q&A-style workshop concerning the resin we produce and the students discussed how they could use the product while actually handling resin pellets. Many of them were impressed by the process of the resin being formed into pellets and then into actual products.
MS-R&D believes that it is important for a corporation to contribute to the local community through supporting educational activities. We continue to offer our help so that future scientists can work actively in a bright future.
*1Super Science High School
A next-generation human resource development project operated by the Japan Science and Technology Agency.
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) hosts the project to provide advanced scientific and mathematical education, including research and development on improvement of the educational curriculum, in order to cultivate the scientific abilities of students and foster human resources committed to science and technology who will work actively across the world.
*2Super Global High School :
MEXT designates high schools that provide an advanced education curriculum as Super Global High Schools, aiming to foster students’ talents so they can serve as global leaders in the future. The aim is to equip students with international capabilities, including an interest in and deep knowledge of social issues, communication skills, and problem-solving skills.
Cooperation in Experiential Study Programs for Teachers
The Company held Experiential Study Programs for Teachers for three days from August 7, 2018. Sponsored by the Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs, these training sessions date back to 1983. Geared towards teachers from elementary, junior high and high schools, the aim is for them to experience corporate activities, and to convey these experiences to the children who hold the future in their hands. The Company has participated in this program every year since fiscal 2006.
This year, 12 teachers from elementary schools in the Tokyo metropolitan area participated. At the Head Office, the educators had the opportunity to learn about the Group’s corporate mission, corporate sustainability management, Responsible Care initiatives, and human resources development. They also saw a demonstration of the Laboratory Class on the Wonders of Chemistry. They visited the production site at the Ichihara works and participated in hands-on laboratory training at the Mitsui Chemicals Plant Operation Technology Training Center. The educators and researches at the Plant Operation Technology Training Center engaged in a lively exchange of opinions, including on the importance of “experience and feeling” as well as “taking notice of and giving thought to something.”