This summer, fly away with your potential.

Study in Silicon Valley while in Japan

STEM stands for "Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics"

A generic term for science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields



・Special curriculum developed with the professors in Stanford University

・Challenge the design mission presented by Japanese manufacturing companies

・You can learn the latest design thinking method in Silicon valley

・You can hear the stories of female experts in STEM field who are active around the world

・ Bilingual university students will help you during the program

・ You can improve the public speaking ability in English which helps you to present your idea to the world

・Obtain the critical thinking ability by digging deep into the relationship between technology and society

・ Let's meet with friends who have a strong aspiration from all over the country, in a friendly environment only for girls

・ Gain a global perspective through the exchanges with students raised in different cultures


Contents of Design thinking workshop


Date : August 5th (Mon), 6th (Tue), 7th (Wed), 8th (Thur) in 2019

Time : 9:30 to 15:30 (The last day is until around 11:30)

Target Age : Female junior high school students (12 to 18 years old)

Lecturer : Stanford University Lecturer, etc.

Venue : Keio University Hiyoshi Campus (Hiyoshi Station stop, 1 minute walk)

*There will be a tour to IDEO office (Minato ward, Kita Aoyama) on the last day of the program.

Language: English / Japanese

*The program will proceed in English.

*Bilingual university student interns will help you in Japanese as well.

*In addition to the exciting 3-day workshop, we will visit IDEO, one of the most prominent design farm in the world, on the final day to experience how design thinking can help society.


Our partner:Keio University Graduate School of Media Design (KMD)


Keio University Graduate School of Media Design (KMD) is leading an innovative education which incorporates design thinking.

SKYLBO collaborates with the KMD Faculty, whose mission is to develop human resources who work globally across fields and borders.

In 2019, SKYLABO is preparing for the further enhanced curriculum.

We are also planning to interact with female students of Japan Latino Academy through design thinking activities.




At our workshop, you will learn the conception and mindset of fabrication through direct guidance by experts invited from Silicon Valley.

It is a special curriculum which emphasizes teamwork and communication between participants, and is dedicated to the learning of female students.

Let's learn to think freely without fear of failure in a friendly atmosphere, and experience the pleasure of making useful products for people.

Bilingual interns support participants during the program.


Based on the conversation with engineers, we carefully learn the necessary techniques for design thinking while working on groundbreaking solutions by using a fresh perspective from junior high and high school students.


Design Thinking for liberal arts girls and science girls


The aim of design thinking is to foster the ability to think in both liberal arts and scientific perspectives.

Therefore both girls who love the arts and who are good at numbers are all welcome!

Improve your creative confidence by obtaining the methods and perspectives which are different from the ones you usually use.


"You are me" point of view


In order to create an innovative technology which is useful in a society, it is important to understand the users who use your products and to understand their potential needs.

By developing the "You are me" point of view, you will be able to draw out the stories which the users have and discover their potential needs they are not aware of yet.


Quantity matters more than Quality


Do you think that great ideas come from just one genius inspiration?

In fact, that is not true. The idea of creating great innovation comes surprisingly from suggestions and awareness such as "it's not cool" and "it is impossible".

To that end, it is important to touch on a number of different ideas and try out your ideas without fear of failure or evaluation.

In this workshop, we will work on brainstorming exercises where each team will share a lot of ideas.


Make at first. Then break, make, break, make!


In order to produce an excellent output, it is better to make a prototype in one hour rather than plan over a month.

Move your hands, think about it, and make it visible.

By doing so, you can see the other point of view to enhance it.

In this workshop, you will learn the importance of materializing ideas quickly and repeating improvements.


Test it and then improve it


Make ideas into products and spread them to the world


On the final day, each team will give a presentation in English, using the final prototype with several improvements and a poster which summarizes the 3-day fabrication experience.

You might be surprised at the improvement of your english language skill and the ability to speak in front of others.




In a bilingual environment of English and Japanese led by an educator team, we will learn how to create things from the user's point of view. We will also participate in activities which enhance teamwork and projects, in which you will learn about STEM + a.

Day 1:

・ What is design thinking? -"You are me" point of view-

・ Listen to professionals who face problems in the field of fabrication

・ Work on the design challenges presented by the prominent companies in Japan

・ Practical interview -Let's become a good listener-

・ Examine the needs of users

・ Looking back on the day

Day 2:

・ Develop the viewpoint of design thinking

・ Learn how to brainstorm

・ Create a prototype!

・ Get feedback from users, and improve

・ Preparing for the presentation in English

・ Looking back on the day

Day 3:

・ Presentation -Let's become an attractive speaker-

・ Have a conversation with female engineers and female designers

・ Final presentation -Let's present your idea in English-

・ Receive the detailed comments from STEAM professionals

・ Closing ceremony

Day 4(Morning):

・Visit to IDEO -Learn directly from professionals how to use design thinking in society-

Note : The details of the program might be changed.





Stanford University Faculty of Education

She worked at The World Bank Middle East and North Africa Bureau and East Asia Bureau with an emphasis on education policies such as girls education in Laos, Morocco, Tunisia, Vietnam etc., primary education for the poor and minority, to higher education, teacher training etc.



After graduating from Seishin Women's College and Seishin Women's University, she earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University, Department of Political Science, University of California, Irvine. Trained at Stanford University and the Nueva Design Institute for how to apply design thinking to the classroom.




80,000 yen

・ The tuition fee includes the cost of teaching materials. ・ Registration will be completed when you receive a confirmation email. We will close the application as soon as it reaches the maximum capacity. Payment method

Bank transfer

Mitsubishi UFJ Bank

Keido Branch

Account number : 0696734

Name of account : SKYLAB

Cancellation policy

Cancel by June 23 0% of tuition fee will be charged

Cancellation from 24th June to 7th July 50% of tuition fee will be charged

Cancellation from 8th July to 22 July 75% of tuition fee will be charged

Cancellation after July 22       100% of tuition fee will be charged



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