Enhancing Student Engineering, Personal, and Interpersonal Skills Through Yumekobo Projects
Kosei Demura*, Takumi Sakamoto**, Yasuki Asano**,
and Masakatsu Matsuishi**
*Department of Robotics, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, 7-1 Ohgigaoka, Nonoichi, Ishikawa 921-8501, Japan
**Project Education Center, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, 7-1 Ohgigaoka, Nonoichi, Ishikawa 921-8501, Japan
The Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT) established Yumekobo (the Factory for Dreams and Ideas) in 1993 to give students a place to create things freely and safely in extracurricular activities. Yumekobo has come to impact strongly on domestic and overseas universities promoting educational reform. The Yumekobo project supporting creative student group activities is no longer just a place for extracurricular activities, but has come to symbolize KIT educational philosophy. Students even cite the Yumekobo project as why they apply to be admitted to KIT. The project both improves students’ technical capability and helps develop their personal and interpersonal skills – skills not taught sufficiently in institutions of higher education. The program’s core is developing personal and interpersonal skills through student-led group activities. This paper details and assesses the Yumekobo project and its educational effect based on questionnaires conducted over the last 10 years.
and Masakatsu Matsuishi, “Enhancing Student Engineering, Personal, and Interpersonal Skills Through Yumekobo Projects,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.23, No.5, pp. 811-821, 2011.
-  B. Kantrowitz, “Learning the hard way,” Newsweek International Edition, September, 2003.
-  B. Barron, “Doing with understanding: Lessons from research on problem- and project-based learning,” J. of the Learning Sciences, Vol.7, pp. 271-311, 1998.
-  J. Mergendoller, “Project Based Learning Handbook,” 2nd edition, Buck Institute for Education, 2006.
-  K. Ericsson et al., “The role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance,” Psychological Review, Vol.100, No.3, pp. 363-406, 1993.
-  D. Levitin, “This Is Your Brain on Music,” Plume-Penguin, 2007.
This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Copyright© 2011 by Fuji Technology Press Ltd. and Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. All right reserved.