Students and teachers from Japan and the United States will come together in early August for the inaugural TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy in Tokyo, Japan. The week-long program is designed to foster closer ties between American and Japanese participants, to support STEM literacy, and to inspire the use of science and technology to address some of the world's most complex issues in the future.
Eight student and two teacher winners were selected from each country to participate in this year’s program. In the United States, past participants of the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program in grades 8-11, and high school teachers who are also NSTA members were eligible to apply. Their Japanese counterparts were selected from high schools who promote strong achievements in science and mathematics education and international student exchanges.
During their time in Japan, participants from both countries will work together to develop a disaster-resilient, smart community of the future with counsel from Toshiba engineers.