What is the "Science Volunteer Center" ?
In Japan, many events that are focused on science, such as science show-and-tell and extracurricular science class, are conducted by volunteers with the goal of enhancing public interest in science. Okayama University of Science (OUS) established the Science Volunteer Center (SVC) in 2008 to promote the science volunteer activities of students and teachers. SVC aims not only to contribute to the community, but also for the advancement of students’ generic skills (i.e., communication skills, problem solving ability, creative thinking, etc.). Thirteen staff members contribute to SVC, including university teachers and retired teachers from elementary, junior high, and high schools.
Outline of Enterprise
- More than 100 science events, as well as some international exchange activities including science demonstrations, are conducted annually by OUS students. SVC coordinates and/or supports these activities.
- SVC educates students through the Science Volunteer Leader Training Curriculum which consists of regular curriculum subjects.
- SVC aims for specific, high-quality learning outcomes using the Science Volunteer Leader Certification System.
Science Volunteer Leader Certification System
In order to obtain Science Volunteer Leader Certification, students need to complete five required credits and three elective credits in the Science Volunteer Leader Training Curriculum. The certified students are expected to actively promote science volunteer activities after graduation.
Required Science Volunteer Leader Training Curriculum Subjects
Introduction to Science Volunteer Activities
Students will understand the meaning of science volunteer activities and acquire the minimum knowledge and skills necessary for such activities. After listening to lectures by teachers, each group chooses an experiment that will be demonstrated in presentations.
Science Volunteer Exercise I･II
Students will carry out science volunteer activities for more than two hours in the local community. In Science Volunteer Exercise I, students run an exhibit booth at a science event. In Science Volunteer Exercise II, students conduct science classes.
Science Volunteer Activities
Students volunteer for over 24 hours in the community. Students also present the results of their activities at a final presentation meeting that is comprehensively judged to ensure that their leadership abilities have been acquired.
More than 100 science events are held annually at the university, regional schools, science halls, and so on. Students take advantage of their expertise as they carry out various events such as those related to physics, chemistry, biology, geology, mathematics, robots, and programming. In addition, in cooperation with the affiliated high school, OUS students support high school students' booth exhibitions. We also hold international exchange science events for students who have come from abroad.
Enterprise Scale in 2018
Science Volunteer Leader Training Curriculum
|Subject||Number of students*|
Science Volunteer Activities
|Science Volunteer Exercise I||23|
|Science Volunteer Exercise II||19|
|Science Volunteer Activities||6|
|Science Volunteer Leader||7|
* This refers to the number of students completing credits
125 events were conducted by students and 27 events by teachers alone in 2018.
|Indicator of scale of science events||Number of people|
|Total instances of student participation||1,095|
|Number of students staffing events||200|
|Total number of event participants||12,656|
Science Volunteer Center, Okayama University of Science
1-1 Ridaicho, Kita-ku, Okayama 700-0005, Japan
TEL & FAX +81-86-256-9570