On Wednesday, June 26th, and Thursday, July 4th, students of “Life and Environmental Research Seminar” taught by Associate Professor Aya Hatada visited the Kyoto Gaidai Nishi High School to conduct research for writing their dissertations, with support from high school students.
This research activity was conducted as a part of the Japanese government’s educational policy of encouraging collaborations between high schools and universities. The idea of this event rose when the schoolteacher who received the request from Associate Professor Hatada to use the high school’s test kitchen suggested to involve high school students as well.
Three first-year female high school students participated in “the relation between almonds and beauty” led by Rena Yokota (fourth-year student of Department of British and American Studies), and six first-year male high school students participated in “the control of exotic fish and its methods” by Seitaro Matsumoto (fourth-year student of Department of British and American Studies).
The girls on the almonds team had little experience in the kitchen and seemed busy cooking while they also enjoyed chatting about their favorite idols. In contrast, the boys on the exotic fish team seemed familiar with cooking, talking about their favorite dishes to cook, and their dish was completed in no time.
How did they taste?
“It’s savory and delicious.”
“The bullfrog is actually easy to eat and tastes like chicken.”
The students seemed excited to share their opinions.
The high school students who participated in this opportunity had fun collaborating with university students, saying “I could see how going to a university feels like” and “I learned what kind of language courses are offered.”
Students enamored with their completed almond dish
Students skillfully sautéing exotic fish