We have developed a new method in science education. We call this method the “Micro-Museum of Science” (MMS). The aim of the development is to create a scientific experience for children in rural areas. The MMS was designed as a compact system that can be adapted for small schools. It consists of five series to facilitate experiential learning: (A) Energy, (B) Light, (C) Heat, (D) Mathematics, and (E) Sound. Since each series can be separated from the MMS, it is easily portable. These features allow us to hold events on science education in schools located far from our college. In general, children in rural areas have fewer opportunities to experience science because of the lack of facilities like science museums. We propose an educational method that will provide these children with valuable opportunities to experience science. In this paper, we report that the MMS was successful in achieving this goal, and most participants of the MMS stated that this method was more effective than other methods of teaching like science lectures.
This study examines the relationship of the whole body reaction time and physical fitness factors between a group whose members belong to athletic clubs to have daily exercises and a group whose members do not have daily exercises.
The result shows there is no difference of the whole body reaction time in terms of the difference in exercise habits, but the whole body reaction time has correlation with the result of twenty meters shuttle run test and the standing long jump in the group with no exercise habit on a daily basis.
The whole body reaction time could correlate with the result of twenty meters shuttle run test in the no exercise habit group, due to their low interest in physical activities. The time could correlate with the result of the standing long jump in the no exercise habit group, due to a method to measure the whole body reaction time which requires muscular strength of lower limbs as the standing long jump does.
The present study examined differences of physical fitness and exercise performance of technical college students due to their birth month. The subjects were 1,813 technical college students in total (1,526 boys and 287 girls). Subjects were classified into three groups: a group of students born from April to July (First half group), a group born from August to November (Middle group), a group born from December to the following April 1st (Latter half group).
We examined the subjects’ grip strength, sit-ups, the long seat body bending forward, sideway jump iteration, twenty meters shuttle run test, 50 meters running, standing long jump, handball throwing and the overall score. The results are as follows:
1) “First half group”boys of the first grade tended to have significantly higher scores on standing long jump and the overall score compared to the “Latter half group”boys.
2)“Middle group”boys of the second and third grade tended to have significantly higher scores on the overall score compared to“Latter half group”boys.
3)There was no difference on any measurement items in the fourth grade.
4)The girls had no difference on physical fitness scores due to the birth month at all grades.