A total of 33 students (19 junior high and 14 high school students nation-wide, mainly in Shibuya City) participated in the program on the day. After learning about Bosch and its businesses, and participating in a virtual company tour, the students split into 9 teams and were tasked with coming up with ideas to generate buzz among Japanese junior high and high school students, using Bosch resources. To support each team, Bosch associates were assigned as mentors.
In 2017, Bosch concluded a Shibuya Social Action Partner Agreement with Shibuya City, aimed at addressing issues in the local community. The career education program was carried out with support from Shibuya City and the Shibuya Board of Education, under an executive board comprising of Specified Nonprofit Corporation Houkago NPO Afterschool and Educa & Quest Inc.
"At Bosch, we believe in the importance of education and learning opportunities. With the advance of digitalization, the learning environment has expanded beyond the traditional framework to include virtual classrooms. We are delighted to offer this learning opportunity for junior high and high school students who will lead the future. For the participating students, I hope this experience will broaden their perspectives and help them develop a more independent, motivated approach to learning," said Klaus Meder, President and Representative Director of Bosch Corporation.
"In Shibuya, we are actively engaged in nurturing children who will lead the future. I am very pleased that junior high and high school students from Shibuya, and throughout Japan, were able to participate in the career education program offered by a major global corporation. I believe it becomes an excellent experience for the children, as they think about their future paths and careers," said Shibuya City Mayor, Ken Hasebe.
After careful deliberation by a judging panel consisting of Bosch associates, the grand prize was awarded to the team that proposed an "Online Bosch Museum." The team was given high marks for addressing the shift away from car usage among the young generation, by proposing a unique virtual reality (VR) experience. They were also highly evaluated for the collaborative approach in presenting their proposal.
Nobuyuki Arai, head of Human Resources at Bosch Corporation and head of the judging committee, concluded the program with the following remarks. "We offered this program hoping it would contribute to the educational growth of participants. In turn, you demonstrated creativity and imagination that were an inspiration to all of us. I sincerely hope that your experience today will have a positive impact on your future," he said.
|Target:||33 students (junior high school 1st year through to high school 3rd year) nation-wide, mainly in Shibuya|
|Date:||August 18, 2020 (Tue.), 9:00 am - 4:00 pm|
|Location:||Online (using online meeting tools)|
|Special support:||Shibuya City and the Shibuya Board of Education|
|Executive committee:||Specified Nonprofit Corporation Houkago NPO Afterschool |
Educa & Quest Inc.
|Head of judging committee:||Nobuyuki Arai, Head of Human Resources, Bosch Corporation|
|Judges:||3 Bosch associates (such as the general manager of the Business Development Department)|
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