Students from Wakasa High School, Japan

On Thursday last week, we had students from Japan come and visit us. They presented some of their projects that they do in outstanding English. We then gave them a short tour of our school and what we do, and then they were off to see UC Berkeley.

They came back on the next day, and we had them design their own keychains on Autodesk Inventor, and test water samples from different spots in the Bay Area. Ms. Oropallo printed out an instruction sheet for us on how to design our own keychain, and the Japanese kids picked it up quicker than we did!

The idea with the keychains was that they would be able to print them out on the 3D printer, and take them back to Japan. With the short amount of time we had though, Ms. Oropallo will be printing them all week, and we will mail them back to Japan. We did manage to print one out in time for one of them to take home. His keychain was of the American flag, with his name engraved in the corner. One of the girls designed an anchor, another a star, and one of the guys designed a car keychain.

Then in the second activity, Mr. Madsen collected water samples from the Civic Center, San Anselmo Creek, and the San Francisco Bay. Each group of about five Japanese students and five of us tested the water for pH level, phosphates, and dissolved oxygen in ppm (parts per million). We were going to test nitrates, but we ran out of the little pills needed to test that.

On both Thursday and Friday they came and shadowed us in our 4th period classes, and saw what it was like to go to school in America. The difference between our culture and theirs is astounding, but they really seemed to enjoy it as much as we did.

Then at the end of their time with us, we all took hundreds of selfies, and pictures with them. It was truly amazing having students from Japan come and visit our program and our school. Hopefully we will be able to continue communicating with them and working with them on one of their projects surrounding the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. We will miss them and we all hope that they have a wonderful rest of their trip in California as well as a safe flight home.

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23 Responses

  1. chiaracameron says:

    I wasn’t here that day so it’s great to hear about it. Sounds like a bunch of fun! Inventor is hard. It’s amazing they picked it up so fast!

  2. nivie nivie says:

    Nice blog Dorian! It was amazing to see how our Japanese friends learned to use Inventor so quick! I think we have to learn from them now 🙂

  3. KaylaHope says:

    Dorian, I’m so glad you write about our new friends! They were so nice and funny and it was an incredible experience. All the keychains were really impressive too. Good job!!

  4. RuizSofia RuizSofia says:

    Great blog Dorian, reading this now reminded me so much of all the fun things we did when the Japanese students visited. I miss them!

  5. Casey says:

    I am glad you wrote about our time with the Japanese exchange students because it was a special and valuable experience that we were able to have. It’s good for people to know about the unique opportunities we get to experience while in MSEL.

  6. Dylan Adler Dylan Adler says:

    Great blog Dorian! It was great how we had the Japanese students here. It was also funny that they toured Cal, Stanford…and then MSEL. Great blog!

  7. Sami McLaughlin Sami McLaughlin says:

    I feel like I’ve commented on this several times.. but anyways! I am so glad you wrote about this because it was an amazing experience and opportunity and it needs to be shared with everyone! It was SO cool how they presented their projects and spoke IN ENGLISH..we should have learned Japanese. I miss them, but it was so much fun 🙂 Great job explaining everything!

  8. Joanmarie Joanmarie says:

    Dorian,
    Great blog! I loved reading about how we interacted with the Japanese students! I also loved taking selfies with them haha 🙂

  9. KingLouis KingLouis says:

    Great job Dorian! I really liked the pictures you put in as as well as the summary of what we did on Friday! It was so much fun haha.

  10. ethanking123 ethanking123 says:

    Nice blog Dorian. You managed to capture everything we did with the students from Japan in great detail as well as how fun the experience was. Hopefully we can work with them again in the future and maybe even go to Japan!

  11. claireparkinson claireparkinson says:

    Great job Dorian! Having the Japanese students visit us was definitely one of the coolest things I have ever experiences through MSEL. It was so cool when they did their presentations and talking about renewable energy sources in Japan! I hope we can visit them one day.

  12. Natalia Natalia says:

    Great blog Dorian! I really liked how you explained the experience that we had with the Japanese students! Can’t wait for our trip to Japan! 😉

  13. Alyssa Ceccanti-Harris Alyssa Ceccanti-Harris says:

    Nice overview of our time with them! You wrote about every little thing we did we them. And I really like the pictures! Good job.

  14. Sami McLaughlin Sami McLaughlin says:

    Dorian-
    I am so glad you decided to write about this, because I think everyone should hear about this amazing experience we had! I don’t think I really realized how amazing that opportunity would be..towards the end I wanted them to stay! 🙁 Great job describing their stay, and remembering all those important details. Hopefully we can go to Japan and see them in our bio fuel plane!!

  15. JTooms911 says:

    Nice blog Dorian! I liked the pics you added, and enjoyed your summarization of their visit.

  16. cheyenne.biel cheyenne.biel says:

    Great blog, Dorian! I liked the pictures you added, well done! You did a fantastic job of summarizing the weeks events. Keep up the good work 🙂

  17. maria2015 maria2015 says:

    Great blog Bby! Having Japanese students shadow us was truly amazing! I never thought I would even her this opportunity until maybe college. Friday was bitter sweet because we got to do water testing, designing key chains with our friends and have a wonderful brunch with our friends. I will never forget this experience!

  18. kiera kiera says:

    Great blog Dorian! Reading your blog felt like I was reliving the wonderful experience we had with the Japanese students. I so much fun getting to know them. I hope we will get to see them again.

  19. Ani Pirinjian Ani Pirinjian says:

    I love how you chose to write about our visitors. I liked reading a summary of what we did and I also really hope we can stay in touch with those awesome people 🙂

  20. sydneygilmandye says:

    Really good explanation and summary of what we did with the Japanese students. I think both us and them learned a lot about the other’s culture.

  21. Sophi Sophi says:

    Oh my gosh I’ve been so confused all week about all of this ‘keychain’ talk, but now I finally understand! It sounds like you had a great time with them! I hope we take a trip to Japan sometime to visit them.

  22. Ember Ember says:

    Great blog post! I really liked having the Wakasa High students visit us as well. Some of the key-chains that they made were incredible!

  23. Meredith100 says:

    Great summary of what we did! I think we all had a lot of fun with the students and it was a great opportunity to learn things about a different culture!

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