Next Generation

Fostering the next generation through programs based on the characteristics of our businesses.

Initiatives of the High-Performance Plastics (HPP) CompanyScience classrooms

Since fiscal 2013, Sekisui Medical Co., Ltd. has organized science classrooms on the topic of “Digestion, Absorption and Your Health” for second-year junior high school students in Ryugasaki City, Ibaraki Prefecture, where our reagent plant and research laboratory are situated. For the four years from 2013 to 2016, a total of 1,170 students have participated in this science class. In fiscal 2015, we developed a new program called “The Secrets of DNA, the Blueprint for Life.” We held classes for 232 third-year junior high school students in fiscal 2016, the first full year for the program.

With the objective of reviewing what students have learned in class about digestion and absorption, we go over how starch in broken down by digestive enzymes into glucose, and how glucose is absorbed by the small intestines using models and experiments. For the DNA classes, we have the students extract DNA for broccoli to see it with the naked eye, and we review the importance of researching genes and DNA and how this is important for society.

Reagents researched, developed and produced by Sekisui Medical Co., Ltd. are essential to society in based on their medical applications and the students learn that this is an extension of the lessons they learn in their science classes. We intend to continue to offer these activities in the years ahead.

Class underway in the science classrooms

Class underway in the science classrooms

PERSONAL VIEWCreating opportunities to make the study of genetics more personal

Rikako Takagi

Rikako Takagi
Research and Development Management Department,
Sekisui Medical Co., Ltd.

The new “The Secrets of DNA, the Blueprint for Life” program includes material that is sometimes avoided, even by adults, as too difficult, including information on the structure of genetic code and genetic testing mechanisms. As such, even our normal classes could seem as difficult as some difficult college lectures. With this in mind, we have sought to make genetic studies more interesting and more personal, and we have crafted experiments where a hands-on understanding can be achieved through group work.

Seeing the surprise and unexpected excitement brought on by a simple experiment, as well as the sense of enthusiasm in the students reignited my own sense of enthusiasm and I was ready to jump into the job again the next day.