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Academy Camp 2018 Report "Academy Camp You Decide" (winter) "OK Google, Do My Homework!"

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Academy Camp 2018 Report "Academy Camp You Decide" "OK Google, Do My Homework!"

Introduction Academy Camp started as a series of camps for children in Fukushima, the Japanese prefecture most affected by the year 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake/Tsunami and TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster. The initial passion behind the creation of the camp still lives in our heart. But today, we are also worried about the situations surrounding children's learning in Japan, because technological and social situations are beginning to change drastically. “No one has ever changed the world by doing what the world has told them to do.� This is a statement by a teen-age entrepreneur, Mr. Eddy Zhong. In many areas and fields, we see lots of emerging young talents like him. Plus, the world itself as we know today is in a rapid process of changing, through new technology such as artificial intelligence and robots. This is the beginning of the next generations. Children living today are part of such new generations, and they will be the ones in charge of the future of humanity. What we can do, we think, is to support those children to go forward into the unknown future where they can lead us through the rapid changes, and make sure that the next generations will never repeat the tragedy we have regrettably allowed to happen to them. That is the reason why we continue to hold this series of camps with lots of fun and learning. - Who's Academy Camp? We are a group of university faculty members, camp directors, members of non-profits supporting children, and student and other volunteers who support our activities. We have been continuing to hold camps for children, especially for those in Fukushima to provide them with extreme playing and learning opportunities. https://academy-camp.org - Activities in FY2018 (Nov. 2017 - Oct. 2018) In FY2018, we held three camps, one in February and two in August. The February camp was about deciding what we want to do by ourselves, and called "Academy Camp You Decide" 2018 Winter. The August camps were about experimenting on automation of our intellectual activities, and called Academy Camp 2018 Summer "OK Google, Do My Homework!". All camps were located in Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Keio University, in Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture. This document reports what we did in these three camps. Please enjoy the records of wonderful days for children supported by you and young force of students.

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"Academy Camp You Decide" 2018 Winter "This is a story back when people still drove cars by themselves." When children today grow up, they may tell their children, with such an introduction, how they spent their childhood. The common sense we have developed will be overturned, and many part of our intellectual activities we believe only human can do will probably be carried out by artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, perhaps "what we want to do" will still have to arise from human minds even then. Therefore, we believe that children today needs to develop the ability "to decide", and use that ability without interventions from adults. That was the reason why we let children and young student staff to plan the activities within this camp based on their own ideas. "Over 30s" refrained from making decisions in the camp. We collected the wishes from the participants prior to the camp, but it was a special experience where the final camp program was decided only on the fly. The common theme was "this and that in the future society when you grow up". So, how did it turn out? Camp Chairs - Kenji Saito - Representative Director, Academy Camp - Senior Researcher, Keio Research Institute at SFC / Lecturer, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University - Masaki Minami - Director, Academy Camp - Project Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University

Basic Information Dates Venue

Feb. 10 (Sat.) - Feb. 12 (Mon.), 2018 (2 nights and 3 days) Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC), Keio University (Fujisawa City) Lodging : Residential House 1, Student-Built Campus (SBC), SFC

Targets/

Targets : Elementary to high school students in Fukushima, etc.

Participants

Participants : 17

Staff Hosts

11 volunteer staff members (students and others) 2 directors of Academy Camp Academy Camp (as an organization) Public Technology Design Consortium, Keio Research Institute at SFC

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Academy Camp 2018 Report "Academy Camp You Decide" "OK Google, Do My Homework!"

Winter

Day 1 Feb.10

The campers gathered at Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC), Keio University (in Fujisawa City), with 17 children participating from Fukushima, three of which are high school students who helped the camp as "sub-leader" staff members. Under the promise "never listen to anyone over 30 years of age" while even this promise they did not need to keep, the camp started with an icebreaking program they decided to improvise. A room was reserved for the purpose, but children went out and played hideand-seek and tag in the university campus. At the lodging facility, the groups of children began to think about "this and that of the future society when they grow up", and some started to craft something.

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Winter

Day 2 Feb.11

On the second day, they went shopping, and made houses (or some unknown structures) of candy. Then they "sweded" (created video work with hand-made props and costumes made out of card boxes and such) their visions of the future. Young staff members in their 20s responded children's request to go for a night walk by improvising an adventurous activity to find and pick a hidden picture one of them drew.

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Academy Camp 2018 Report "Academy Camp You Decide" "OK Google, Do My Homework!"

Winter

Day 3 Feb.12

On the final day of the camp, we enjoyed the outcome of the camp: tasted the houses (or some unknown structures) made of candy, and watched videos they created. We hope that this camp was full of surprises for the children. As they decided what to do in the camp, we wish that they surprised themselves. For them to live through the exponentially changing technological and social environment, we hope they go full-speed ahead for their future.

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Winter

(Student) Staff

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This alternative logo of Academy Camp (right) is based on the monochrome design one of our highschool-student sub-leaders made, to which a deeplearning AI gave colors.

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Academy Camp 2018 Report "Academy Camp You Decide" "OK Google, Do My Homework!"

Academy Camp 2018 Summer "OK Google, Do My Homework!" It has been several years since those so-called smart speakers got introduced in our home. At offices, RPA (Robotic Process Automation) is beginning to reduce our work load. People are getting familiar with the concept of getting work automatically done (through voice commands). When children today will grow up, it is not so difficult to imagine that the landscape of working would be completely changed. That was the reason why we wanted children to experience the world of "intellectual automation" before it actually starts, through the challenges of automating homework, the kind of work children are familiar with and what they would enjoy if automatically done ;) . Camp Chairs - Kenji Saito - Representative Director, Academy Camp - Senior Researcher, Keio Research Institute at SFC / Lecturer, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University - Masaki Minami - Director, Academy Camp - Project Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University

Basic Information Dates Venue

Term 2 : Aug. 20 (Mon.) - Aug. 24 (Fri.), 2018 (4 nights, 5 days) Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC), Keio University (Fujisawa City) Lodging : Residential House 1, Student-Built Campus (SBC), SFC

Targets/

Targets : Elementary to high school students in Fukushima, etc.

Participants

Term 1 participants : 25

Staff Hosts Grant

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Term 1 : Aug. 4 (Sat.) - Aug. 8 (Wed.), 2018 (4 nights, 5 days)

Term 2 participants : 24

32 volunteer staff members (students and others) 2 directors of Academy Camp Academy Camp (as an organization) Public Technology Design Consortium, Keio Research Institute at SFC "Children's Dream Fund", National Institution For Youth Education


Summer1

Day 1 Aug.4

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Surely, automating homework should look like a magic to children. But a magic is even more interesting if we know how the trick is done. On the first day, we crafted a simple neural network with matchsticks, based on the book "Matchbox Brain". We confirmed that the network of matchboxes could actually learn the rule on prices of candies to bring to the camp (there is no such a rule in this camp actually). But did matchboxes actually "learn"? If our brains work essentially the same way, do we actually "learn" anything? That was a deep question to ask to start the summer camps.

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Academy Camp 2018 Report "Academy Camp You Decide" "OK Google, Do My Homework!"

Summer1

Day 2 Aug.5

On the 2nd day, by courtesy of O'Reilly Japan, we did "Odaiba Digital Orienteering feat. Maker Faire Tokyo 2018". We went to the Maker Faire held at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba (a bay area), Tokyo, and enjoyed a lot with hand-made technology including those with VR (Virtual Reality). This was a fun and learning experience through communication with challengers who try to develop something new with electronics.

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Summer1

Day 3-4 Aug.6-7

On the 3rd day, we used iOS applications to solve numerical expressions, competed with software in solving a maze, and automated both generation and solution of math drills. We also watched artificial intelligence talking like a person in a demo of Google Assistant, and learned that still a book report is hard to automate because it essentially questions who you are. On the 4th day, we thought about research, citing famous "The illustrated guide to a Ph.D.", and enjoyed "Magic Carpet" game where the size of the carpet keeps getting halved while a group of people have to stand on it. Later, we thought about how to achieve SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) although these goals are more like cleaning up what older generations have done to the Earth and our society. We also explored the campus at night.

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Academy Camp 2018 Report "Academy Camp You Decide" "OK Google, Do My Homework!"

Summer1

Day 5 Aug.8

On the last day, we gave ourselves each a homework whose deadline is Aug. 8, 2030 at 12:00 JST (we have to say Japanese Standard Time, because otherwise some of them would try to buy time saying it's American Samoa Time!). Children collected the signatures of other participants as the witnesses to their homework. We hope that this camp was a good opportunity for the participants to feel the changes in the world, and to feel like being a part of those changes.

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Summer1

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Academy Camp 2018 Report "Academy Camp You Decide" "OK Google, Do My Homework!"

Summer2

Day 1 Aug.20

At the opening, when the title of the camp "OK Google, Do My Homework" was pronounced, a Google Home device in the room declared "I will do it for you", and an allanswered math drill was printed by a mobile printer. What is going on? To find out, as the check-in for the 1st day of the camp, we played with iOS application "IFTTT" to program Google Assistant to make funny conversations. Later, based on the content of Yukihito Morikawa's book "Matchbox Brain", we experienced some "unplugged" machine learning demonstrations.

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Summer2

Day 2-3 Aug.21-22

On the 2nd day, we competed with software in the puzzle of picking up apples in a maze, and then achieved "complete automation of math drills". After lunch, we enjoyed watermelon splitting game, a typical fun in Japanese summer. Later, we played some team-building games, and thought about automation of book reports through questioning whether an artificial intelligence can understand human language or not. We also generated bogus scientific papers for fun. On the 3rd day, we went for "digital orienteering" in Yokohama, in which we carried iPad mini's we borrowed from Softbank. This time, it was also an adventure based on a novel "Yokohama Station Sci-Fi" by Yuba Isukari, a biologist from Fukushima. In the story situated in some future, 99% of Honshu island (main island of Japan) is covered with self-replicating Yokohama Station where the construction has never stopped since its creation in 1915. The story had some deep relation with "automation" as the theme of this camp.

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Academy Camp 2018 Report "Academy Camp You Decide" "OK Google, Do My Homework!"

Summer2

Day 4 Aug.23

On the 4th day, we learned that making a research is to make a personal pursuit for shifting from "don't understand / can't" to "understand / can", and we talked with a secret guest on the future we want to develop. Later, we enjoyed a workshop with 6-dim+, our friends and a group of improvisational comedians, where we laughed together, concentrating on the moment. We learned how to step forward towards unknown future with courage, friendship and trust, through making a story with one word uttered by a person at a time, for example. When we failed, we just laughed and shouted "one more time!" In the evening, we enjoyed an improvisational live with 6-dim+. This year again, it was a miracle-after-miracle of coinciding lines written by the children. In the end, we all became part of the play, and sang "Gan Gan", the school song of Academy Camp, together.

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Summer2

Day 5 Aug.24 A poem for children : Whatever roads and however you walk on them, just live lifefully. - Mitsuo As the last program of the camp, we gave ourselves homework. We challenged ourselves 20 years from now, who live in year 2038, to achieve some goals by then. We had to include numbers in the goals, and at the beginning, we saw boring goals like "(an elementary school student) to enter a university 9 years from now", "(a college student) to become a nursery teacher 2 years from now", or "to be alive until 32 years of age". But, after the drafts are done, it was announced that they must make their goals ten times as faster, bigger or longer. Which meant "(an elementary school student) to enter a university 10.8 months from now", "(a college student) to become a nursery teacher 2.4 months from now", or "to be alive until 320 years of age". Now you are talking! If we say that's impossible, that's the end of the game. But nobody really said so, and finally, they started to use the full of their brain capacities to tackle these 10x goals. Some adults may say "Those are unreachable goals. They will inevitably fail to achieve them. You must feel sorry for the children." Amazing. Every word of what you've just said ... was wrong. Those goals are reachable. Who decided failure is bad? And children, they are always brilliant! We finalized our goals, and collected signatures of other participants as the witnesses to the homework. The finishing blow was a question "What are you going to do first?" Start small. Fail small (if we do fail, we just laugh and shout "one more time!"). Finally, achieve something big.

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Academy Camp 2018 Report "Academy Camp You Decide" "OK Google, Do My Homework!"

Summer2

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Afterword Looking back Academy Camp 2018

Kenji Saito Representative Director, Academy Camp With all your support and hard work by our volunteer friends including students of colleges and universities, we could safely conduct three camps during this year, and the camps have been positively recognized as always. Some of those past participants from our very first year as elementary school kids came back as volunteers this year, and took care of participants from Fukushima as leaders. It had happened before for those who were junior high school students in 2011, but this year, we welcomed a younger generation. We had always dreamed of this summer of year 2018 since the first year, in which we expected that something like this would happen. This is one of our dreams come true! Then it's their turn, and children should make their own dreams come true. Academy Camp will bring all children up to the dohyo (arena) for it. Let

me introduce our version of "Clarke's Three Laws", which I showed at the closing of each summer camp this year : 1. If adults say it's possible, it means it's possible. If adults say it's not possible, it means it's possible. 2. You will keep pushing the envelope of the considered limit of human knowledge at the time. 3. You will make magic real. I would like to thank everyone who supported Academy Camp during this fiscal year. Thank you for all you have done and all you will do for the children in Fukushima and Academy Camp.

                                      Kenji Saito

After camps, we receive lots of messages from parents of the participants. It was so in summer 2018, too, and one of the parents told us that she was so surprised to see her son showing so much positive attitudes after coming back from the camp. We were very pleased to read the message. Those camps we held in year 2018 have been wonderful experiences for both the children and us.

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- On Donation Academy Camp is funded and supported by participation fees from participants and staff, contributions from lecturers, grants, and your precious donations. We really appreciate your support. To donate :  GlobalGiving (US and UK) - https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/academy-camp/

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