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Science Castle Research Fund 2024 Manufacturing 0.THK Award

THK Corporation was the first in the world to develop the "LM Guide," which enables smooth linear motion, based on original ideas and proprietary technology. We believe that there are still many issues that can be solved by adding "smooth motion" to the world. Therefore, we are calling for ideas for the creation of products that solve the world's problems by utilizing the "LM Guide" and other products. This is a "creative development type manufacturing" in which junior high and high school students create and develop what they wish they had on their own. The content of the challenge can be of any kind.

<A few words from the person in charge

The selected team will not only receive the development fee and necessary LM Guide and other components, but also THK employees will participate in discussions as technical support. Please join us in making the world a better place with your new ideas.

<Voice of last year's participants

  • I was able to advance my research and development while taking on new challenges, so that I could link robot building with activities that utilize the robot (student).
  • At the interim presentation and results presentation, I learned that other teams were also developing through trial and error, and I became interested in areas I did not know about (student).
  • I was surprised that students were able to work independently (school teacher)

*Last fiscal yearAdopted Teamand the face of the company,Presentation of results

Application Theme

Manufacturing that solves problems in the world by using the LM Guide.

About LM Guide

The LM Guide is a machine element part that enables smooth linear motion by realizing "rolling" of the linear motion part. It is used not only in factory machines, automobiles, aircraft, robots, and seismic isolation mechanisms of high-rise buildings and houses, but also in the crane part of crane games, which are familiar to everyone. For more information, please visitTHK Corporation Web Pagefor more information.

Summary

Subject of application Teams of junior high school students, high school students, and technical college students (3rd year or younger) conducting research activities
Usage Expenses required for research and development (materials, parts, equipment, transportation, etc., excluding food and beverage expenses). However, food and beverage expenses are excluded.)
Research Period June - December 2024
Reference URL https://www.monozukuri-zero.com/science-castle/

Grant Details and Number of Grants Available

Grant details 150,000 yen for research + THK parts, monthly online meetings with THK employees providing technical advice, and presentation of results
Number of adoptions About 10 cases

Application Requirements

Junior high school students, high school students, and college of technology students who wish to take on the challenge of development should apply on their own initiative.
The consent of the school or parent/guardian supporting the research must be obtained.
The applicant must be able to provide information (including contact information) to be included in the application.
During the research period, at least one prototype of a "thing" utilizing the LM Guide must be built (a prototype is not required at the time of application).
The research results must be presented at Science Castle, a conference for middle and high school students hosted by RIVANES, scheduled for December 2024 (to be updated as soon as the detailed schedule is finalized). The presentations will be reviewed by experts, and prizes will be awarded to the best presenters. *Presentations will be held in the Kanto region: transportation expenses will be subsidized.
THK and LEVANES will publish the provided deliverables, reports, photos and videos externally as an introduction.

Timeline

Application period January 15, 2024 (Monday) ~ April 26, 2024 (Friday) 6:00 p.m. *We accept consultations on what you want to realize, what you are having trouble with, what you want to make, etc. before the following screening flow. During the consultation, RIVANES staff will also work together with you on your application.
examination This will be done by early June 2024. (An online interview will be conducted as the initial screening.)
Time of decision June 30, 2024
Time of payment of research expenses Around the end of June 2024
Payment Method We will transfer the funds to the account designated by the school of the adopted team.
Research Period June 2024~December 2024

Application Process

Register for a LIVERNESS ID

All middle and high school students who wish to apply are required to register all members of the team, whether they are representatives or not, with their RIBANES ID. The Research Grant Entry screen will appear after you log in to your RIBANES ID, so please register with your RIBANES ID.

Register for a LIVERNESS ID

Application Procedure

Please click on the following icon in your LIBANES ID and click on the "New Application" button to complete the application form.


REVANES ID (Research Grant Application Page)

contact information (for inquiries) (e.g. corporate phone number)

Please click the following icon in your Banes ID and click the "New Application" button to complete the application form.

REVANES ID (Research Grant Application Page)

 

If you have any questions about the application or unclear areas, please contact us from below.
Science Castle Research Fund THK Monozukuri 0. Prize Secretariat Riverness Kimura, Inc.
E-mail: [email protected]

Manufacturing is problem solving.

Representative Director, President and COOMr. Takashi Teramachi

THK Co., Ltd. has a philosophy of "contributing to the creation of an affluent society by proposing new things that have never existed before and bringing a breath of fresh air into the world," and launched the THK Co-education Project in 2017 to "increase the number of creative development-type human resources who love manufacturing and can solve problems. In 2021, the company updated the concept to "Monozukuri 0.", which aims to encourage junior high and high school students to make things, even if only half a step at a time. The number of teams selected for the annual Science Castle Research Fund THK Monozukuri 0. Award has exceeded 70. We interviewed Mr. Teramachi, the president, about the founder's thoughts.

 

Making Japan an attractive manufacturing nation once again

The foundation of our business is our desire to increase the number of people involved in manufacturing by creating an attractive environment for manufacturing in Japan," says Mr. Teramachi. Mr. Teramachi emphatically states that if people who share this desire gather together, the manufacturing environment in Japan will change.

 THK is a company that supports the world's manufacturing industry with its "straight moving The company has a domestic market share of 701 TP3T and a global market share of 50% with its "LM Guide," which was developed ahead of the rest of the world. This is a device that enables smooth linear motion using rotational motion with low frictional resistance. Normally, heavy objects cannot be moved by friction, but when placed on this LM Guide, they can be moved smoothly and precisely. It is used in a wide variety of applications, including factory machinery, automobiles, airplanes, robots, seismic isolation mechanisms for buildings, 3D printers, and platform door openers and closers at train stations.

 Science Castle Research Fund has been initiated to address the issue of human resource development in the manufacturing industry in Japan. The program supports junior high and high school students who are taking on the challenge of solving various problems through manufacturing. After seven years of supporting the program, we have had more opportunities to let junior and senior high school students and teachers know that we support their passion, and we feel that the number of applicants for the research grant has been increasing," said Mr. Kato.

Pure and passionate feelings are common to all ages.

 Some teams and schools have applied for research funding many times, while others are new to the program and are applying. The research theme has remained the same since the early days: "making things that solve problems in the world by using the LM Guide. The challenges in the world can be anything from issues in our own school life, nature, or club activities that are not related to manufacturing. Some people originally love making things and want to make cutting-edge things, while others want to make things such as experimental equipment that will take the research they are pursuing one step forward out of their own curiosity. The students who apply for the research grant have a passionate desire to solve problems by making things, and this has not changed over the past seven years. Perhaps this desire has not changed since mankind invented tools. Mr. Teramachi says that the roots of monozukuri can be felt even through this research grant.

Mutual Receipt of Stimulation is a Force to be reckoned with.

 The adopted teams will be assigned one THK employee as a technical advisor and one LIVERNESS employee as a mentor, and will meet online once a month to discuss technical development. Each year, five new technical advisors will join the team, so the number of employees within THK who have experienced direct discussions with middle and high school students will increase. In corporate activities, the axis of thinking tends to be simplified, such as the profitability of a business. In contrast, when middle and high school students formulate ideas, they often do not consider the same restrictions as companies do. I find their perspectives, viewpoints, and perspectives very stimulating," he says, "as they perceive issues from completely different perspectives, or approach the same issue in different ways and with different objectives. In manufacturing, vision and execution are important, so I am reminded of where we have a vision that includes human enrichment rather than a simple competitive perspective. Teramachi laughs, "I suppose this is the kind of stimulation that adults find when they interact with students." I look forward to seeing what the next entry will bring."

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