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To lead the world in S&T in the future, it is necessary to continuously and systematically foster children who have abundant capabilities and will lead the next generation. For this purpose, JST promotes initiatives for identifying children who have potential outstanding talents in S&T and works to improve upon their ability at the primary- and secondary-education level.
This program promotes research activities of junior and senior high school students; by means of spontaneous problem discovery, using scientific methods, and cooperation with schools, education boards, universities and research institutes.
Under the SSH program, in collaboration with universities and other institutions, schools focus on science and mathematics in conducting experiential learning, research projects, and curriculum development. The program aims to foster students with a high level of creativity and a passion for science and technology.
This program promotes students' interest and ability in science, technology, and mathematics and fosters future scientists and engineers at international levels. Student Contests in Science and Technology can provide young persons with opportunities for more challenging studies if they desire, as well as fostering enjoyment of scientific thinking.
Established by JST in 2011, the Japan High School Science Championships see teams of high school (including specialized vocational school) students competing against each other in various fields of science, mathematics, and information technology, in order to further motivate and cultivate top-level science and technology students.
Launched by JST in 2013, the Japan Junior High School Science Championships see teams of junior high school students competing against each other in various fields of science and mathematics. It provides junior high school students with the opportunity to learn that science is linked to real life and to realize that it is valuable and fun to study science.
This program provides students who are good at science or mathematics with further opportunities to enhance their abilities and to compete with other students. Supported by academic societies and universities, science clubs are useful for building networks among students, teachers and researchers, as well as discovering those students with a particular talent for science.
This program encourages girls to choose science courses and provides activities to help girls understand potential career paths after graduating university. It provides junior high and high school girls with opportunities to exchange opinions and information with woman researchers and engineers, including hands-on lessons and visiting lectures.
Global Science Campus aims to promote human resources development in science and technology. JST supports universities to propel science education towards high school students so that they can flourish worldwide in the future.
At Science Leaders' Camp, held during the summer vacation period, teachers from junior high schools, high schools and secondary education schools all over Japan benefit directly from lectures and practical experiments conducted by researchers and engineers from advanced research institutions, in order to gain hands-on experience of state-of-the-art science and technology as well as learn effective methods to teach talented students.
This program, by providing an advanced educational and research environment in universities and technical colleges, seeks to extend the abilities of young persons with outstanding talent and willingness in mathematics and science, and to produce future leaders in the field of science and technology.
At Asian Science Camp(ASC), held during summer vacation in Asian countries, participants discuss with top scholars and promote the international friendship among students in Asia. JST sends Japanese delegates to ASC every year.
This program enhances observation and experiment activities in elementary school science education and stimulates teachers to improve their qualifications. Science Education Assistants (SEAs) assist with observation and experiment sessions (including setup/cleanup) and advise on teaching methods.
The "Rika Network" website is a great resource for teachers, offering a collection of digital materials for teaching science classes in elementary, junior high and high schools. The contents are offered free of charge for nonprofit educational purposes, and become accessible as soon as a simple user registration form is filled in.
The "Rika Network" Public Version website provides digital content selected from the "Rika Network" for use by the general public. The site is designed particularly to help students with their homework.
This program fosters the training of Core Science Teachers (CST), who are expected to take a leading role in science and mathematics education in their region. It is aimed at improving the teaching skills of experienced science and mathematics instructors and training current university students.
JST assists with seminars to aid teachers in renewing their teaching certifications.
Japan REsearch Career Information Network Portal
JREC-IN is a career database that aims to support the expansion of researcher career paths by providing profiles of researchers and approximately 12,000 annual listings for positions in industry, academia and the government sector. Members are permitted to register and update their information and to use job alerts and other exclusive services.