Long time no see. I am Maho Noda, the designer of this company.
8 months have already passed since my son was born. I recently applied to the daycare waitlist and now am patiently waiting for a spot to be open.
I would like to talk about the event we hosted for children in 30th July (sun) on today’s blogpost. The event was called “Oyako Monozukuri Taiken.”
What is “Oyako Monozukuri Taiken”?
Oyako Monozukuri Taiken is an event for children in grade 3 to 6 and their parents.
It is an annual event we host with the system development company called AMG Solution（https://amg-solution.jp/）as a part of our volunteer works.
This event is suitable for children’s summer science projects. Our aim is to give children the fun and exciting opportunity to learn design and programming.
AMG Solution has already posted a great article about this event and the survey results from the event on their blog the other day （https://amg-solution.jp/blog/12665）so on our blog, I would like to talk about the design and event decor that we were in charge of.
Although this event was originally hosted only by AMG Solution, they were nice enough to let us join them last year and we have been able to participate in it since.
AMG Solution offers the event site, and provide the event facilitator and teachers, and the program for the children to program. Our role are;
special website for the event, the design and coding for the screen that children program on
name tags for staff
straws for drinks
I was in charge of the site production and tools (except for websites.)
The special website and the programming screen were created last year. Our art director Noda was in charge of its design and the coding was done by Goto and Omi.
Both the website and the programming screen were carefully crafted for their intended viewers – the website was for both children and their parents, and the screen is child friendly.
We also designed and programmed the big screen where we could see the fireworks kids programmed launch up at the end of the lesson as a big finale.
Those were created last year, but we upgraded them this year in order for children to enjoy their time with us more.
Most tools were already made last year, but we also upgraded them this year to strengthen the visual part of the event.
We rented a event site for this event last year, but since we were able to use AMG Solution’s new office this year for the event, we were able to install a photo booth. I got our inspirations from the event theme fireworks, and created small props to present the summary, and Japanese festival atmospheres.
The exercise books I had designed last year have turned out to be not as kids-friendly as I had thought they would have been, so I added more pages and broke down the instructions to make them easier to follow this year.
the photo props and the exercise books
It was so much fun making these props and I wanted to make as many as I could, so I was on my desk for hours on the day before the event.
Also, I made these little “chochin” and attached them on the straws the kids would be using on my spare time, hoping that they would bring more smile to them.
Left：cut out one by one with a paper cutter.
Right：chochins glued to the straws
Preparation -venue decor-
One of our big roles on this event was to cater the venue decor. Since it was difficult for me to go to the meeting with a newborn, I couldn’t see the actual venue in person. But I gathered my inspirations and ideas from the photos of the event site and the information our staff gave me about it.
Our staff went to the venue and did the actual decorations the night before the event, and I made final adjustment on the event day. Although it was quite challenging to cater the place without seeing the actual place, it was good that I was able to learn what I should do differently the next time from this experience.
the event site
another photo of the venue
During the Event
We devided the event into two – the morning session and the evening session, and welcomed 20 children in total. The age limit was from grade 1 to grade 6 last year, but we’ve learnt that the class has been a little too difficult for children under grade 3, so we raised our minimum age requirement this year, and also divided them into two groups so we could provide more support for each child.
There were times the children seem to struggle a little, but with their parents’ and our help, they seemed to be enjoying the class the whole time despite the struggles.
We provided a tutor to each and every child to give them the comfortable learning environment, and I am pleased to say this worked very well. They learnt things very quickly and seemed to be enjoying the fireworks they programmed.
It was the most satisfying moment for us when we saw their face brighten up and heard them say “Look how my fireworks turned out!” “Kawaii!” and so on.
Their reactions they showed us at the finale was priceless. The screen I designed helped to create the illusion and we all felt as if we were at the actual firework festival – the exciting, but a little nostalgic Japanese matsuri.
※ Check out AMG Solution’s blog （https://amg-solution.jp/blog/12665））for more photos and detailed review.
My Thoughts After the Event
Unfortunately I could only participate in the morning session, but I had such a great time. Seeing those kids excited and happy was such a precious moment to treasure for me. I felt like the photo booth wasn’t used as much as I expected, so that will be something I want to improve the next time.
The great thing about this event is that not only the kids but also we can enjoy it.
Sure, the whole preparation is of course time consuming, and I get anxious to see the kids’ reactions until the actual event, but their smiles make everything worthwhile, and make me want to do this all over again next year.
I will continue working hard and improving myself in order to host events like this in the future.
So many families signed up for the event last year, and even more families tried to sign up for this year’s.
For those who didn’t get the spot, please sign up again next year. And for those who participated this year and last year, I hope to see you again next summer.
I would like to thank all the participants who gave us great feedbacks. We will continue working hard to give you the best experience each year.
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