Most kids look forward to summer holidays, while most parents want some peace and quiet instead! I would know, I have two elementary school children in my home and I always stay at home for summer vacation.
To maximise the summer vacations, I found a place, the Toshio Kashio Memorial Museum of Invention. This memorial hall was established in order to commemorate numerous innovative products such as the world’s first compact electric calculator. This is also a tribute centre to Tadao Kashio, the founder of Casio.
During the summer vacation, children are also looking for interesting activities as there are special exhibitions for elementary school students and this is an activity that the whole family, parents and children alike, can enjoy.
In addition, Casio products in numerous development stages such as watches and musical instruments are exhibited.
Beyond the hall is a Japanese style room with a calm atmosphere and an experiential classroom themed “Become an Inventor” which showcases the development of the G-Shock watch. It’s a workshop that allows you to experience the process of invention.
Small computers were created with a desire to make computing easier for people. The G-Shock was born from the desire to make watches that won’t break. Kikuo Ibe, the designer behind the G-shock, made this watch because he broke the one gifted by his parents.
The point of invention is to solve a problem. Therefore each participant is instructed to think of problems to fix.
All the participants think hard and draw their ideas on paper. The creativity of the children was unleashed because of the themes, “Be aware of problems” and “Be helpful to others“.
Because of the desire to be helpful to their mothers, there were children who thought of an idea where watches could ask what’s for dinner.
After seeing the number of actual inventions, they explained how the invention came into being. So if you were taught the notion “Create products that are useful for others”, you can imagine the troubles of the people around you, including yourself, realistically. I am looking forward to seeing what kind of ideas my children will come up with when questioned.