13th November 2018
Space BD × Z-KAI Group × JAXA Started Educational Projects by using "J-SPARC" Framework ~ Astronaut Training Method × Next Generation Type Education Project ~
Space BD Inc.
Zoshinkai Holdings Inc.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Space BD Inc. (CEO & Co-Founder Masatoshi Nagasaki, hereinafter "Space BD"), Zoshinkai Holdings Inc. (CEO Takaaki Fujii, hereinafter "Z-KAI Group") and The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (President Hiroshi Yamakawa, hereinafter "JAXA") started to create business in the education field in the framework of "J-SPARC" (JAXA Space Innovation through Partnership and Co-creation).
By March 2019, Space BD will develop the Next Generation Type Education so-called "non-cognitive skills" method for all generations from children to adults (include corporate recruitment and training of companies) by analyze and evaluate the following items; (1) JAXA's Astronaut Training Method, (2) Experience and knowledge of Ms. Naoko Yamazaki (Astronaut), (3) Prof. Tatsuo Kitagawa’s Knowledge of international academic achievement evaluation tool / teaching material development record.
Among the range of generation, Space BD collaborate with Z-KAI Group, which provides various educational services such as correspondence education and tutoring school, we will develop the programs (including teaching materials and program development) in the age group from children to university students. From April 2019, we will conduct test marketing and develop teaching materials for each age group. Finally, by April 2020, we aim for full-scale sales of the program and educational materials.
JAXA will realize the maximization of JAXA research and development results not only in the space field, but also in the education field through provision of training methods for astronauts cultivated over many years.
Human beings are living in "A society that makes rapid and unpredictable changes", and in order to respond to the change, we must continue to learn throughout life (life-long learning), instantaneously acquire the necessary knowledge and skills. Also, it must be made available immediately. Under such circumstances, it is required following capability; "The ability to respond to rapid and unpredictable change / The ability to create new value" (Japan / OECD). "Motivation and Ability to tackle unknown tasks" (Finland / EU). Currently, these capabilities, which are classified as "non-cognitive skills" expertly, have not established measurement and training methods in the world.
Based on the hypothesis that Astronauts who challenge the universe which is a symbol unknown to humankind and realize value creation, also have capabilities of motivation & ability to tackle unknown tasks, become a role model. We will analyze and establish a method for evaluating and building "non-cognitive skills". We aim to produce many people who can withstand the " A society that makes rapid and unpredictable changes ".
＜Participants in this project＞
|【Space BD Inc.】
Co-Founder & CEO
In Sept 2017, Masatoshi co-founded Space BD Inc. where he assumed the position of Co-Founder & CEO. As a seasoned expert in business development, he embarks on his new challenge in the space industry.
|【Zoshinkai Holdings Inc.】
Z-KAI Group is an educational group in Japan whose history stretches back over 87 years and offers a wide range of services including distance correspondence education, cram schools, publications, solutions for schools, assessments (tests and evaluations).
【JAPAN Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)】
In May 2018, JAXA New Enterprise Promotion Department was established as a new partnership-type research and development program with the scope of business until the commercialization as a new measure of the 4th medium / long term plan (2018 to 2024) , JAXA Space Innovation through Partnership and Co-creation (J-SPARC), we are promoting technological innovation, innovation creation and new business creation that will not close in the space field, with private enterprises aiming for space business.
Yamazaki earned a Master of Engineering degree majored in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1996, then started working for Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). In 1999, she was selected as an astronaut candidate and was qualified as a Soyuz-TMA Flight Engineer in 2004 and NASA Mission Specialist in 2006. On April 5, 2010 Yamazaki was onboard Space Shuttle Discovery on the crew of STS-131, an assembly & resupply mission to the International Space Station.
Graduate School of Education, Seisa University】
After graduated from Waseda University in Bachelor of Laws, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1991 to 1998, he was a Diplomat for the Embassy of Japan Helsinki, Finland and Embassy of Japan in Tallin, Estonia. After he retired, we was a Board Member of Learning Video Management Finland and Member of Test Developers for Reading Literacy PISA 2009, OECD(2000-15). Currently he has served as an international academic evaluation tool developer, also worked on educational textbooks, teaching materials and assessment work such as Japan and Finland as a teaching material writer. In addition, he conducts training on the thinking ability, dialogue power, and ethical decision-making ability of global standards for schools and companies. Also he is Affiliate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Seisa University and Sanseido English · Japanese language textbook editorial board member.
■ Inquiries about this project:
- 【Inquiries for this project in general】
- Space BD Inc.
- TEL：+81-3-6264-7177（Business Hour：AM 10：00～PM 6：00）
- HP : https://space-bd.com/en
- 【For inquiries related to educational material development】
- Zoshinkai Holdings Inc.
- Brand Administration Office, Business Administration Department
- TEL：+81-55-976-8947（Business Hour：AM 9：00～PM 5：30）
- 【For inquiries related to J-SPARC】
- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
- New Enterprise Promotion Department In charge of J-SPARC