PCD Group Project


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What is the PCD Group Project?

*Updated 2023/02/3

Group Project Principals

PCD Group Project is one of the requirements of PCD1 course. It will be conducted in the Year 1-2. Groups plan and execute project activities during the period of April to following year January, activity timeframe is up to each group. At the end of the project period, each group will give final presentation and three awards will be given; Best Project Award, Best Community Award, People’s Choice Award.

Students will work with groups on projects of their choice. This is student-centered project in which contents of activities will be decided by student groups.

●Through projects, students will develop skills to present science information to a wide range of audience which lead to think about the impact of research on community.
●The students will develop effective team communication skills by working as a team in diverse and intercultural environment and being able to explore each other’s ideas to achieve group goals.
●All projects will have some components where students have opportunities to engage with local Okinawan community members.

Program Learning Outcomes
Students completing group project will be able to:
  • Design and effectively present science information to targeted audiences
  • Collaboratively plan and execute a team project
  • Interact with the local Okinawa community
Group Project Choice
  Click on the titles and learn more!
Honey bee saves coral - Onsite students only
TE.CH logo
What is Honey bee saves coral?
The "honey bee saves coral" is a well established collaboration project since May 2019 between Onna village office, OIST as well as local beekeepers. In short: Bee colonies are provided to farmers who rent their land to keep the colonies (securing income), they learn about bees and to beekeep (environmental education) and in return, they keep the bees happy (change of farming practices, more diverse flower sources, less toxins -> leading to ecological improvement and reduced red soil erosion protection coral reefs)
OIST students interested would closely interact with Onna village office as well as with local beekeepers to plan and take part in public events to raise awareness and to spread knowledge. In addition, they can plan small scientific projects to collect data and provide scientific advice, think about new outreach methods and represent OIST as collaboration partner in public events. Be creative, share knowledge and interact and learn from our local collaboration partners!

◆Number of groups
- no limit number
(Onsite students only)
Website & 1 min. video
1 min. presentation video → here
TE.CH - Onsite & Online students
TE.CH logo
What is TE.CH?
“TE.CH (Teaching Challenge)” is a group project designed to provide students practical and comprehensive teaching experiences, including curriculum development and administrative work. The contents do not have to be technology related; it is up to you what kind of class you create!
TE.CH group members will develop their own curriculum, and classes will be designed to meet the level of understanding of the audiences. Target audience could be local community members from outside of OIST and/or any target groups around the world.

◆Number of groups
- no limit number
(Onsite & Online students)
Website & 1 min. video
More details → What is TE.CH?
1 min. presentation video → Team SciEn Yuntaku project
1 min. presentation video → Team Art & Chemistry TE.CH
Science Demo - Onsite & Online students
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What is Science Demo?
Building library of demos featuring research field of OIST units. The demo will be displayed at Okinawa City Science Museum (Okinawa Zoo and Museum). Group picks a unit of OIST and create a demo to introduce the unit's research field (not the specific research itself, but about the field). The demo needs to be transportable, robust, easy to communicate, science related, and interactive.
Decide which research field your group will feature and come up with a demo idea. The group could reach out various sections/divisions of OIST to receive support on creating a demo. The group needs to plan at least one public event where the demo can be introduced to local community and/or communities around the world.

◆Number of groups
- no limit number
(Onsite & Online students)
Website & 1 min. video
A video exhibited at Okinawa Kodomo museum → here
1 min. presentation video → here
Group Project Timeline

If applicable, group member needs to:
  1. Read and understand GS Safety Protocol
  2. Check off each required item on the site
  3. Submit a project proposal from the button below if you are a group leader
Each team will have access to financial support for the project, maximum amount of 20,000JPY. After your project is approved, your budget amount is fixed, NO additional budget requests accepted. Please consider all aspects involved in carrying our your project. A format of the budget sheet is up to each team, but please include detailed information.

Purchase Request Procedure

Any purchases must be requested at least ONE MONTH prior to the preferred delivery date using the PCD1 Group Project Purchase Request form below button



*Please do NOT make any purchases on your own without consulting with PCD coordinator.
Purchasing from Amazon (jp) would be a smooth process, please search items from amazon.co.jp and let us know the links.
Any other purchases need to be invoice purchase base meanig you need to have estimates from vendors, then approval process within OIST to follow. Upon approval, you could purchase items and be invoiced. OIST then pay to the vendors.
The purchase request is not completed until PCD coordinator approves it. After approved, GS will handle the purchase and when the products are delivered, we will notify the students for a pick-up of the products.
Class 2020 archive

At the end of projects, each group gives presentation, Class 2020 had an online presentation. Check the online presentation from here → here!

The winning teams for Class 2020 were
  • The Best Project Award: HoneyBeeSavesCoral - Honey bee saves coral
  • The Best Community Award: SciEn Yuntaku project - TE.CH
  • People's Choice Award: OSMP 1 Todoke and OSMP TEAM2 PROJECT- OSMP

Check Group Project Class 2020 archive page from → here!

Class 2019 archive
Class 2019 winner team

At the end of projects, each group gives presentation, Class 2020 had an online presentation. Each group created 1 min. presentation video. Please check from → here!

The winning teams for Class 2019 were
  • The Best Project Award: 3MT team - 3 minute thesis
  • The Best Community Award: Anki team - Kodomo Ibasyo
  • People's Choice Award: Kuroshio team - Kuroshio magazine