HiSci Lab 2021

Welcome to HiSci Lab 2021!

Congratulations to everyone who passed the selection for HiSci Lab (previously known as Ryukyu Girls)! Unfortunately, the workshop scheduled for March 2020 was postponed due to COVID-19 related restrictions and has been rescheduled to March 2021. HiSci is an acronym for "High School" and "Science". The pronunciation is the same as Okinawan greeting, "Haisai!”. This time, 16 high school girls from Okinawa will gather in Onna Village!

About HiSci Lab

The "Science Project for Ryukyu Girls Science Camp" began in 2014 as a program to help high school girls in Okinawa Prefecture to choose a career in science. This program was renamed as "HiSci Lab" in March 2021.

HiSci Lab does not only convey the joy of science but it also features testimonials from female scientists from Okinawa on what inspires them to pursue a career in science, what they have experienced in their university lives, and their current lives as researchers. The program also allows the participants to interact with female scientists.

HiSci Lab 2022 is supported by Okinawa Prefecture, the Council for Promotion of OIST and Daikin Orchid Bounty.

Next Procedure

Late February

For participants who live in remote islands, Okinawa Tourist travel agency will contact you to arrange air tickets for your transportation to Okinawa main island. Please respond to the request from the travel agency to provide a travel consent form for minors.
27th February 2021 Online pre-workshop!

Guest lecturer:
Dr. Kakazu Yuko, Public Outreach Specialist, Subaru Telescope at NAOJ Hawaii Observatory (born and raised in Okinawa)

Title:
Starry sky that connects Okinawa and Hawaii

Zoom link will be sent separately by e-mail on 22nd February.
12th March 2021 Arrival of participants from remote islands. Please refer here for the meeting point at Naha Airport.
13th March 2021 Workshop day! Enjoy!
14th March 2021 Participants from remote islands return home

Workshop Schedule

Saturday, 27th February 2021

Time Program Venue
10:00 - 10:30 Online workshop - Welcome to HiSci Lab 2021!
Introduction and ice breaking games.
Zoom
10:30 - 12:00 Lecture: Starry sky that connects Okinawa and Hawaii
Guest lecturer:
Dr. Kakazu Yuko, Public Outreach Specialist, Subaru Telescope at NAOJ Hawaii Observatory (born and raised in Okinawa)
Zoom

Saturday, 13th March 2021

Time Program Venue
7:30 Breakfast (for participants from remote islands) Hotel Sunset Hill (Nakadomari, Onna Village)
8:30 Meet at the lobby of Hotel Sunset Hill for participants from remote islands.

Okinawa main island participants are requested to arrive at Onna Village Fureai Taiken Learning Center between 8:30 and 9:00.
Hotel Sunset Hill (Nakadomari, Onna Village)
9:30 Welcome to HiSci Lab! Onna Village Fureai Taiken Learning Center
Free parking available
10:00 Testimonials from Okinawan female scientist Onna Village Fureai Taiken Learning Center
11:20 Learn about marine environmental issues Onna Village Fureai Taiken Learning Center
12:10 Lunch (provided by OIST) Onna Village Fureai Taiken Learning Center
13:00 Learn about coral reef in Okinawa (reef walk) Gishippu island
14:45 Learn about coral reef in Okinawa (debriefing) Onna Village Fureai Taiken Learning Center
15:45 Closing Onna Village Fureai Taiken Learning Center

Venue (Onna Village Fureai Taiken Learning Center)

What to bring

  1. Towel, change of clothes (long sleeves and long pants are recommended), shoes, hat and sunscreen for reef walk
  2. Drinks
  3. Writing materials/stationery

For participants from remote islands, please bring the following in addition to the above list,

  1. Items needed for 3 days and 2 nights
  2. Insurance card

Registration fee

Registration fee is free. Lunch will be provided.

For participants from remote islands, OIST will provide the following,

  1. Round trip airfare from the nearest airport to Naha Airport
  2. Round trip transportation from Naha Airport to the workshop venue
  3. Round trip transportation from the workshop venue to the hotel
  4. Hotel accommodation
  5. Meals

Transportation means are not provided for participants from Okinawa main island.

Information on Covid-19

Please take your temperature at home on the day of the event. If you have a fever (37.5 degrees or higher), cough or other respiratory symptoms, fatigue, sore throat, gustatory symptoms, or any other health problems, please refrain from participating. Please wear a mask at all times during the workshop.

Contact

Feel free to contact us!
Science Education Outreach Team | Email: science.outreach@oist.jp