SKY Labo x OIST: STEAM & Design Thinking Workshop 2022

Workshop Overview

At this workshop, participants will learn and practice “Design Thinking”. From interviewing people to pitching an idea, our workshop will help students develop perspective-taking skills, build on each other’s ideas, and fail forward. Participants will work in closely with their teammates, learn to think freely without fear of failure, challenge themselves to speak in English with the support of bilingual coaches, and discover the pleasure of making useful products for people.

We are also introducing United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals so that participants can help propose solutions that have global impact while addressing individual or local needs. During this three-day workshop, we encourage participants to identify the problem, understand the cause of the problem, and come up with an innovative solution.

This workshop is organized by OIST and SKY Labo, and funded by the United States-Japan Foundation and Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

What is SKY Labo?

SKY LABO is a non-profit organization which fosters the next generation of innovative human resources in "STEM + α in Women's Education", adding Art to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

For more information on SKY Labo:

※ Please note that the content of the program may be adjusted, or the workshop may be held online depending on COVID-19 related restrictions.



Date October 8th (Sat) – 10th (Mon), 2022
Venue Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)
Eligble participants High school female students living in Okinawa (20 students)
Registration fee Free registration
※ Meals during the workshop will be provided by OIST.
※ Travel expenses are provided for participants from Okinawa remote islands.
Language English and Japanese
・Programs will be delivered in English
・Japanese language support will be provided
Application deadline September 15th, 2022 (Thu)
※ The selection result will be announced via email. Please check your settings to ensure that you can receive emails from domain.
Application method Please submit a personal statement (within 150 words in English) on why you wish to participate in this workshop.

Workshop Schedule

October 8th, 2022 (Sat) Time: 09:30 - 16:00
・Who is SKY Labo and What is Design Thinking?
・Let's think about "Sustainability"
・Interview activities
・Practice Empathy, Identify Needs and Review
October 9th, 2022 (Sun) Time: 09:30 - 16:00
・How to Think in the Design Thinking Mindset
・Brainstorm Solutions
・Let's Create a Prototype!
October 10th, 2022 (Mon) Time: 09:00 - 15:30
・How to Present - Be an Active Speaker!
・Presentation Preparation
・Final Presentations
・Closing Ceremony

※ This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Additional Information

【Meeting point】
The meeting point for the workshop will be at the main entrance of OIST.
Participants from Okinawa main island will need to arrange their own transportation to and from OIST.

【Information for participants】
Please check out this page for important information related to the workshop.


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Science education outreach activities at OIST are supported by OIST Foundation and OIST Institutional Development Office in Inspiring the Next Generation.