Canon took part in the Monozukuri Taikan Stadium event
Scene of the Canon booth
During the three days from August 27th to the 30th, Canon took part in the Monozukuri Taikan Stadium event held at Makuhari Messe and ran a lens-making classroom as part of its education support activities.
The Monozukuri Taikan Stadium event is an opportunity for kids to experience the fun of craftsmanship and science with the goal of helping to develop environmental management skills for talented people in future manufacturing careers. For the event's second year, 11 corporations including the Asahi Shinbun, Yamaha Motors, and Toray Industries participated.
The lens-making classroom is Canon's original program created with the assistance of the Image Communications headquarters.
First, the history of the camera is introduced, followed by a simple explanation of the construction of cameras and lenses. Next, using familiar material such as a magnifying glass and construction paper, children construct a telephoto lens. After that children attach their home-made lens to a single-reflex digital camera and take pictures. They can then select their favorite picture and print it out through a Selphy printer.
Participant's impressions included comments like, "I could really understand the history of the camera", "I was surprised to be able to take such a pretty picture with only a single magnifying glass", and "I enjoyed taking photos".
Parents and their children happily enjoying lens-crafting
Taking photos with the lenses they crafted