Developing and Supporting the Next Generation
Developing and Supporting the Next Generation (Activities in FY2019)
Sponsorship for "NHK Student Robocon," "ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest” and "Robocon for Elementary School Students"
Since 2015, NOK has sponsored "NHK Student Robocon" and "ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest" in supporting future engineers as a manufacturing company. Furthermore, we started sponsoring "Robocon for Elementary School Students" from FY2019. Robocons are events for young people to experience the fun of "thinking with their own heads and making robots with their own hands" without being bound by preconceived ideas and to thereby share the importance of thinking of ideas and the magnificence of manufacturing. NOK agrees with this objective and supports a wide range of students, from elementary school students to university and technical college (in the 4th and 5th years) students, as future engineers.
Sponsorship for “Kids Engineer”
NOK has sponsored "Kids Engineer" since FY2016. Organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Kids Engineer provides a hands-on learning opportunity for schoolchildren and is aimed at encouraging their interest in various fields of science, technology and monozukuri (manufacturing skills), particularly fields relating to automobiles. NOK ran a program based on the theme“ the world of auto parts—small components that play big roles” at its booth. We prepared some experiments to enable participants to feel the “big roles” of “small parts” in cars by actually seeing, touching and enjoying exhibits.
Sponsorship for the Student Formula Japan
NOK has sponsored the "Student Formula Japan" hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan. This competition started in 2003 as a program for the development of human resources for practical manufacturing. Students form teams and compete in terms of comprehensive manufacturing abilities by conceiving an idea of and designing and producing an automobile. NOK has continuously sponsored this event since 2008 to support young engineers who are enthusiastic about building cars and manufacturing. In addition to providing our own products such as oil seals, O-rings and seal washers to participating schools, we also ran a booth to support students during the competition in FY2019.