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JPO to Hold Kids Summer Event

July 20, 2018

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) will hold an event called “JPO Kids Day” to provide an opportunity for children in summer vacation to experience delight in creating and devising new things. At the FY2018 event, the JPO will provide a variety of programs, such as experiment-based programming and robot operation, and provide opportunities that inspire children to become IT human resources as grown-ups playing leading roles in the next generation.

1. Outline of the event

Period of the event: From August 1 (Wed.) to 2 (Thur.), 2018
Time: From 10:00 to 16:00
Venue: 1st floor, JPO Main Building (admission: free; no prior registration required)
Address: 3-4-3 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Reference: For the FY2017 event, 2,956 people visited the JPO.

2. Program

(1) Rally of Puzzle Solving: Letter of challenge from Mr. Ryogo Matsumaru, leader of “Another Vision”

The JPO will hold an event called “Rally of Puzzle Solving” and hide keys for the puzzle in a variety of places inside the JPO. This rally was edited by Mr. Matsumaru, a leader of “Another Vision,” a group of students at the University of Tokyo and a producer of puzzle-solving games. This group is famous for its members’ appearance on a section titled “Todai Nazotore Corner (brain training by solving puzzles created by students at the University of Tokyo)” of a TV program titled “Konya wa Nazotore (brain training by puzzle solving night),” which has been broadcast by Fuji Television Network, Inc. from 19:00 to 19:57 on Tuesdays.

(2) Experienced-based programming event using OZOBOT, the world’s smallest class of robot

At this event, participating children can draw a line and let OZOBOT, an educational robot for programming, run on the line. They can change the traveling direction and speed of the robot according to the combination of line colors called “color codes.” They can make their own totally original and unique color codes.

(3) Experience-based programming event titled “MINECRAFT”

At this event, participating children can experience programming using MINECRAFT, a famous video game. The game requires children to overcome missions by combining blocks on which instructions are written and to think out approaches to solving difficult missions on some stages.

OZOBOT (left) and MINECRAFT (right)

(4) Panel exhibition titled “Inventions in the Meiji Era and Those in the Future” commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Meiji era

The year 2018 is the milestone year marking the 150th anniversary since the start of the Meiji Era in 1868. Commemorating this, the JPO will hold a panel exhibition of inventions in the Meiji era contrasting with inventions expected in the future. Through this event, the JPO will provide visitors with an opportunity to learn about the trend of the times.

(5) Demonstration of robots

At this event, the JPO will demonstrate a robot called “MANOI,” famous for its appearance on TV programs, and have the robot do breakdancing and radio calisthenics. Moreover, the JPO will provide an opportunity for children to experience remote control of OriHime, an alternative communication robot.

Cutting-edge robots: MANOI (left) and OriHime (right)

3. Reference

For more information on the JPO Kids Day, visit the website below exclusively for this event.

Note: The JPO Kids Day is part of the Children’s Day for Visiting Kasumigaseki campaign, an annual public event organized by the government offices in the Kasumigaseki area, in which various exhibitions and other programs for children are provided for the purpose of introducing the core functions and activities of each organization. Participants, namely preschool children, schoolchildren and their guardians, are able to visit all participating government offices freely using a common pass card, which will be issued at the entrance of each office.

Division in Charge

Public Relations Office, JPO