Science Education Outreach

We organize various workshops or activities in reaching out science education to high school and middle school students to gain a deeper understanding of science and its application. This is also to foster students’ interests and consideration to pursue a future career in science.

Our Programs

HiSci Lab

The "Science Project for Ryukyu Girls Science Camp" that began in 2014 was re-named "HiSci Lab" in 2020. This project is to support the advancement of women into the STEM field by encouraging female high school students in Okinawa Prefecture to continue their education in STEM. "Hi-Sci" is abbreviated from "High school" + "Science". It is pronounced like Okinawan way of saying “hello” - "Haisai".
Female researchers will have the opportunity to pass on knowledge and convey the joys of science. In addition to lectures, students will have the opportunity to learn through workshops with PhD students and postdoctoral researchers at OIST.


SHIMA is an outreach project that involves islands in Japan and around the world (all of which are collectively referred to as SHIMA) to educate people about the sustainability of island ecosystems and cultures. The concept of SHIMA is based on four interrelated pillars: science education outreach activities, OIST students, neighboring communities, and the connection between the mountains and the sea. It is a workshop for high school students addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and island sustainability.

shima: island in Japanese language

Science Education Outreach School Visit

We visit high schools in Okinawa prefecture and receive visits from high schools across Japan designated as SSH (Super Science High Schools) and high schools focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Programs are tailored to meet the needs of each school.

Unna Junior High School Science Club

OIST and Unna Junior High School worked together to start Science Club at the school. The Science Club was established in October 2021.

Past Programs

  • SHIMA 2022 (2022.8)
  • SKY Labo x OIST: STEAM & Design Thinking Workshop (2022.10)
  • OYW x OIST Spring Camp 2023 (2023.03)
  • Science Education Outreach School Visit
    • Kyuyo High School (Okinawa Prefecture)
    • Kaiho High School (Okinawa Prefecture)
    • Koyo High School (Okinawa Prefecture)
    • Kadena High School (Okinawa Prefecture)
    • Tachikawa High School (Tokyo Metropolis)
    • Yokkaichi High School (Mie Prefecture)
    • Yokohama Science Frontier High School (Kanagawa Prefecture)
    • Saiki Kakujo High School (Oita Prefecture)
    • Midorioka High School (Ibaraki Prefecture)
    • Takatsuki Senior High School (Osaka Prefecture)
    • Yonago Higashi High School (Tottori Prefecture)
    • Oita Uenogaoka High School (Oita Prefecture)
    • Fukushima High School / Fukushima Nishi High School (Fukushima Prefecture)
    • Musashi High School and Junior High School (Tokyo Metropolis)
    • Kinkowan High School (Kagoshima Prefecture)
    • Matsue National College of Technology (Shimane Prefecture)
  • Unna Junior High School Science Club
  • HiSci Lab 2021 (2021.3)
  • Science Education Outreach School Visit
    • Koyo High School (Okinawa Prefecture)
    • Kyuyo High School (Okinawa Prefecture)
    • Naha Kokusai High School (Okinawa Prefecture)
    • Okinawa Amicus International (Okinawa Prefecture)
    • Unna Junior High School (Okinawa Prefecture)


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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.