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THK Award 2020

THK Award 2020 is now closed for submissions.

THK Corporation has developed the world's first "LM Guide" based on an original idea and proprietary technology. The LM Guide is a machine element part that enables smooth linear motion by realizing "rolling" of the linear motion part, and is used not only in factory machinery, 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. They are also used in the cranes of crane games, which are familiar to everyone.

However, we believe that there are still many issues in the world that can be solved by adding "smooth movement. Therefore, this time we are calling for ideas for creating something that solves the world's problems by utilizing the LM Guide. 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 anything.

The selected teams will not only receive development fees and the necessary LM Guide, but also THK employees will participate as technical support. We invite you to make the world a better place with your new ideas.

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.

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 After adoption (expected around July 2020) - end of December
Reference URL

Grant Details and Number of Grants Available

Grant details 150,000 research fee + LM guide required
Number of adoptions Max. 10

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 TECHNOLOGY ISLAND 2020, a conference for middle and high school students hosted by RIVANES at Science Castle on December 19 (Sat.) and 20 (Sun.), 2020. The presentations will be reviewed by experts, and prizes will be awarded to the best presenters. *Conducted in the Kanto region: transportation expenses will be subsidized.
The cooperation in providing deliverables, reports, photos, videos, etc. for THK's 50th anniversary-related projects to be held in 2021.

Timeline

Application period Monday, January 20, 2020~ Friday, June 19, 2020 *Before the screening process below, we accept consultations on what you want to realize, what you are having trouble with, what you want to create, etc. During the consultation, RIVANES staff will also work together with you on your application.
examination The following will be conducted by early July 2020. (Online interviews will also be conducted for all applicants) Screening 1: Application documents review Screening 2: Online interview (about 30 minutes)
Time of decision Mid-July 2020
Payment Date Around the end of July 2020
Payment Method We will transfer the funds to the account designated by the school of the adopted team.
Research Period Mid-July 2020~December 20, 2020 (Sun.)

Application Process

entry

Please use the entry form below to submit your entry.

Science Castle Research Fund THK Award 2020 Entry Form

  • If you wish, we will assist you in the application process; please indicate your preference on the THK Award Entry Form. (This does not complete the application process.)
  • This information will also be used to contact you in case of incomplete upload of application documents.

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)

  • The deadline for applications is June 19.
  • The application procedure is described on the application page, so please read it carefully and submit your application.
  • Please read the following terms and conditions carefully before submitting your application. (The deadline for application is June 19.)
  • Science Castle Research Fund THK Award 2020 Terms and Conditions

adopter

Research Themes Name of Representative school's name
Nasmyth Telescope Electrification Project Seigo Asano Tsuchiura Daisan High School
Development of a gait rehabilitation device that enables children to walk in VR for practical use Yuho Nemitsu Chiba Prefectural Higashi Katsushika Junior and Senior High School
Stair cleaning robot using automotive scrap Toshihisa Aono Yamagata Prefectural Murayama Sangyo High School
Research on inexpensive and simple landing method of Mars explorer on chemical formation by shock-absorbing body Katsuaki Fujino Waseda Jitsugyo High School
Creation of "Olga," a cleanup robot Kanichi Doi Todaiji Gakuen High School
Fight the New Coronavirus! Automatic Handrail Disinfection Machine" to maintain public hygiene Seiya Fujiwara Kyoto Prefectural Momoyama High School
Create pre-bent robots to minimize damage before or immediately after a river breakwater breach Yuta Suzuki Okayama Junior and Senior High School
Development of an efficient mowing method and device for weeds at the boundary between sidewalk and roadway (curb area) and shrub vegetation in the median strip using the LM Guide Hironori Yazawa Iwase Nihon University High School
The Use of Hydrogen Energy in the Stratosphere - Toward the Promotion of Stratospheric Travel Kazuya Matsuo Osaka City Miyahara Junior High School
How to apply the tape for controlling millipedes with ease Kosuke Shigeno Kagoshima Kinko Wan High School

Science Castle Research Funding Now Open for Applications

ただ今、募集中のサイエンスキャッスル研究費はありません。