Practical examples of inquiry science and entrepreneurship

Inquiry Science 1: Introductory Session

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  • Location: In front of the projector installed in the school classroom
  • Participants: 6 junior high school students (Mr. A, Mr. B, Mr. C, Mr. D, Mr. E, and Mr. F) and a facilitator (teacher)

Script

  • Teacher : “Thank you everyone for participating in this workshop today to explore environmentally friendly materials.Materials such as plastics are indispensable in our lives, but they also have a big impact on the environment.”
  • Mr. A : “Plastic waste is certainly a problem.”
  • Teacher : “That’s right. So today, let’s think together about environmentally friendly materials that can replace plastic. First, let’s start with the idea of ​​life cycle assessment. This is the entire process of a product from its creation until it disappears. It’s a way to assess what kind of impact it has on the environment.”
  • Mr. B : “I see. That way we can know the overall environmental impact.”
  • Teacher : “Correct! Also, let’s understand the law of conservation of energy. Energy does not disappear, it continues to exist by changing forms. Let’s consider the choice of materials with this law in mind.”
  • Mr. C : “We need to choose materials wisely so that energy is not wasted.”
  • Teacher : “That’s right. Balancing the environment, energy, and economy will become an important trilemma.While overcoming this trilemma, we will find solutions that will make individuals happy and society revitalized.” That is today’s goal.”
  • Mr. D : “It seems difficult, but it’s interesting. I think the key is how to balance it.”
  • Teacher : “That’s exactly right. Now, let’s divide into teams and explore each ingredient. Remembering the idea of ​​well-being.”

Inquiry Science 2: Team building and role sharing

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  • Location: Separate tables in the classroom
  • Participants: Six middle school students were divided into three groups.

Script

  • Teacher : “Now, I want you to form teams of two. Mr. A and Mr. B, Mr. C and Mr. D, and Mr. E and Mr. F.”
  • Mr. A : “Mr. B, let’s do our best together!”
  • Mr. B : “Yes, thank you! Where do you think we should start?”
  • Mr. A : “First, let’s share our strengths and decide on roles. I’m good at research, so I’ll be a researcher.”
  • Mr. B : “Okay. I’m good at presentations, so I’ll be the presenter.”

  • Mr. C (to Mr. D): “Mr. D, what kind of role would you like?”
  • Mr. D : “I’m good at organizing information, so I’ll be in charge of the records. How about you, Mr. C?”
  • Mr. C : “I’m good at thinking about the overall flow, so I would like to become a project leader.”

  • Mr. E (to Mr. F): “Mr. F, shall we also decide on our roles?”
  • Mr. F : “That’s good. I’m good at leading discussions, so I’ll be the team facilitator. What about Mr. E?”
  • Mr. E : “I’m good at creative things, so I’ll be in charge of coming up with ideas and creating materials.”

  • Teacher : “Great, it looks like each team has decided on a role. Please collect and analyze information efficiently based on your role.”

This step depicts each team member determining their role and building teamwork. In the next step, we will develop specific material selection and initial research.

Inquiry Science 3: Material Selection and Initial Research

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  • Location: Each team’s table in the classroom
  • Participants: 3 teams (Team 1: Mr. A and Mr. B, Team 2: Mr. C and Mr. D, Team 3: Mr. E and Mr. F)

Script

  • Person A : “What kind of environmentally friendly materials should our team explore?”
  • Mr. B : “What about bioplastics? I heard that they are made from naturally derived materials and are easy to decompose.”
  • Person A : “Good! Let’s go. Our first task is to collect as much information as possible about bioplastics.”

  • Mr. C : “Why not let our team focus on bamboo products? Bamboo grows quickly and is considered a sustainable resource.”
  • Mr. D : “I agree. Let’s find out about the uses, benefits, and environmental impact of bamboo products. I will be in charge of gathering information.”

  • Mr. E : “Let’s use recycled paper products as our theme. Paper recycling is often said to be environmentally friendly.”
  • Mr. F : “I like that idea. We need to look more closely at the recycling process and the environmental benefits of using recycled paper.”
  • Mr. E : “Yes, and in addition to that, it is important to understand the challenges and limitations faced by recycled paper products.”

In this step, each team selects an environmentally friendly material based on their interests and areas of expertise and begins initial research on the material. Gather information to better understand the fundamental properties, environmental benefits, and potential challenges of your chosen materials. In the next step, we will conduct a life cycle assessment based on the information we have collected and proceed with a more detailed environmental impact analysis.

Inquiry Science 4: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

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  • Location: Each team’s table
  • Participants: Members of each team

Script

  • Mr. A (to Mr. B): “Let’s start LCA of bioplastics. We need to evaluate the environmental impact at every stage, from raw material production to product disposal.”
  • Mr. B : “I understand. It’s also important to consider how much the extraction of raw materials puts a burden on the environment, and the efficiency of the process of returning the product to nature.”

  • Mr. C (to Mr. D): “Let’s start with LCA of bamboo products. We will follow how bamboo is transformed into products and how it is ultimately processed.”
  • Mr. D : “Bamboo grows quickly, so it should absorb a lot of CO2. We should take that into account.”

  • Mr. E (to Mr. F): “Let’s take a look at the life cycle of recycled paper products. We’ll take a closer look at the process from paper collection to reuse and its impact on the environment.”
  • Mr. F : “Let’s pay special attention to the amount of energy and water required in the process of making recycled paper.We also need to look at the rate at which it decomposes when it is disposed of.”

Each team will conduct a life cycle assessment of the selected materials, analyzing the environmental impact at each stage from raw material extraction to product manufacturing, use, and final disposal or recycling. Through this detailed analysis, the aim is to understand the full extent of the material’s impact on the environment and gain a deeper understanding of sustainability.

In the next step, each team will use the LCA results to devise solutions that balance the environment, energy, and economy, and discuss how to overcome this trilemma.

Inquiry Science 5: Trilemma Discussion

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  • Location: In front of the projector in the classroom
  • Participants: All team members and teachers

Script

  • Teacher : “Based on the LCA results, let’s discuss the trilemma that each material faces from an environmental, energy, and economic perspective. How can we overcome these challenges by thinking of solutions?” Please find out.”
  • Mr. A (to everyone): “Bioplastics may seem environmentally friendly because they are made from renewable resources, but they actually require large amounts of agricultural land and water, which can cause new environmental problems.” There is a sex.”
  • Mr. B : “Yes, we may be able to reduce pressure on farmland and increase sustainability by utilizing agricultural by-products and unused biological resources.”

  • Mr. C : “For bamboo products, bamboo seems to be an environmentally friendly option as it grows quickly and absorbs CO2 efficiently, but it requires a lot of energy to process and transport.”
  • Mr. D : “By promoting local production and consumption, we may be able to reduce the energy needed for transportation and contribute to the local economy.”

  • Mr. E : “Recycled paper can protect forest resources through paper recycling, but the recycling process itself consumes a lot of energy and water.”
  • Mr. F : “We need to improve the production process for recycled paper to reuse water and reduce energy consumption. This will make recycled paper even more sustainable.”

  • Teacher : “The ideas that you have brought forward are very interesting. Creative approaches and cooperation with different stakeholders are essential to solving the environment-energy-economy trilemma. Let the team further flesh out their solutions.”

In this step, each team uses the results of the life cycle assessment to deeply discuss the sustainability trilemma of the selected materials and solutions to overcome them. Through this process, participants learn how to approach complex problems from multiple perspectives and seek sustainable solutions.

In the next step, each team uses the insights gained from this discussion to develop a solution and implementation plan. At this stage, each team translates their ideas into a viable plan and identifies the steps needed to implement it.

Inquiry Science 6: Specifying solutions and preparing presentations

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  • Location: Each team’s table
  • Participants: Members of each team

Script

  • Mr. A : “In order to realize our bioplastic proposal, let’s start by launching a small-scale pilot project. We need to create a concrete plan.”
  • Person B : “Based on the results of the pilot project, find areas for improvement and make a plan to scale up. It might be a good idea to highlight this in your presentation.”

  • Person C : “When it comes to bamboo products, it’s important to work with local communities to develop sustainable product lines. Develop plans to collaborate with local artisans and businesses.”
  • Mr. D : “In addition, we can contribute to education and popularization by holding workshops using bamboo products in local schools. We will also touch on this impact on the community in our presentation.”

  • Mr. E : “For recycled paper, we can propose a new recycling process that focuses on energy savings and water reuse.The technical details of this process and the environmental benefits can be clearly demonstrated in the presentation.” let’s.”
  • Mr. F : “It would also be a good idea to include a proposal to introduce this new process to local recycling centers and schools. It is important to be clear about the concrete implementation plan and expected results.”

Each team develops a specific implementation plan to realize the proposed solution and organizes the plan in a presentation format. This step focuses on practical methodologies for turning ideas into reality, and each team’s proposal is refined into a more concrete and actionable form through presentation preparation.

The next step is for each team to deliver their prepared presentations and receive feedback from other participants and teachers. This feedback will be used to adjust and improve the final solution.

Inquiry Science 7: Presentation and Feedback

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  • Location: In front of the projector in the classroom
  • Participants: All team members and teachers

Script

  • Teacher : “Now, let’s begin each team’s presentation. Please tell us about your proposed solution, your concrete plan, and your ideas for its implementation.”
  • Mr. A (starting his presentation): “Our team will focus on bioplastics and propose a project to produce sustainable plastics from agricultural by-products. This includes plans for cooperation with companies.”
  • Mr. B : “This project is expected to turn agricultural waste into a valuable resource and contribute to the local economy.”

  • Mr. C (starting his presentation): “We have developed a plan to develop sustainable bamboo products in collaboration with local communities. This plan is based on partnerships with local artisans and businesses. ”
  • Mr. D : “We also aim to raise local awareness about the value and sustainability of bamboo products through educational programs.”

  • Mr. E (starting the presentation): “Our team proposes to improve the production process of recycled paper products. Specifically, we will introduce energy-saving technologies and water reuse systems.”
  • Mr. F : “By introducing this new process to local recycling centers and schools, we can significantly improve the sustainability of recycled paper.”

  • Teacher : “Thank you everyone for your great presentations. If you have any questions or feedback from other teams, please do so.”
  • Other team members : Provide questions, suggestions, and feedback for each presentation.

In this step, each team presents their solution and implementation plan and receives feedback from other participants. Through this process, each team’s proposal will be further refined and more likely to be implemented.

Inquiry Science 8: Conclusion and reflection

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  • Location: Inside the classroom
  • Participants: All team members and teachers

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  • Teacher : “Let’s share what you learned and felt during today’s workshop. What insights did you gain?”
  • Mr. A : “Through feedback from other teams, we

I realized that there is still room for improvement in the proposal. In particular, I felt that we needed to think more deeply about feasibility and the impact on the local community. ”

  • Mr. B : “I realized once again the importance of collaboration. Opinions from different perspectives make solutions richer and more workable.”

  • Mr. C : “I learned that when it comes to bamboo products projects, it is not only important to be sustainable, but also to contribute to the local economy. I felt the importance of working closely with local people.”
  • Mr. D : “And we cannot overlook the role of education. Through our activities, we realized that it is also important to convey the value of sustainability to the next generation.”

  • Mr. E : “We realized that when it comes to recycled paper projects, we need to pay attention not only to the technical aspects, but also to social acceptance and compatibility with already existing systems.”
  • Mr. F : “To be more precise, I learned how important cooperation with local communities and related industries is in promoting innovation.”

  • Teacher : “Thank you so much for sharing. Today’s workshop provided us with deep insights into finding sustainable solutions and the value of collaboration to achieve them. I hope you will continue to make use of this experience and take proactive steps towards a sustainable future.”
  • All : “Yes, thank you!”

In this step, participants reflect on the entire workshop and share what they learned and felt. By sharing their insights and reflections, you will build deep connections with other participants and gain new perspectives to continue your journey towards sustainable solutions. To conclude the workshop, the teacher praises the participants’ efforts and encourages continued engagement and action on environmental issues.



Let’s consider the steps to monetize the ideas born in the workshop, develop them into a business plan, and develop them as a startup or venture.

Entrepreneurship 1: Market research and needs analysis

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  • Location: Meeting room for workshop participants and business mentors
  • Participants: Workshop participants, business mentors

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  • Business Mentor : “Project success begins with a deep understanding of the market and customer needs. Start by looking at the market size, growth forecast, and competitive landscape for bioplastics, bamboo products, and recycled paper products.”
  • Mr. A : “We will conduct research focusing on industries where demand for bioplastics is increasing and the benefits of using waste as raw material.”
  • Mr. C : “Our analysis of bamboo products will focus on consumer segments seeking eco-friendly lifestyles and areas where local production is possible.”
  • Mr. E : “Our research on recycled paper products will target companies and institutions that place emphasis on energy efficiency and water efficiency.”

Entrepreneurship 2: Developing a business model and monetization strategy

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  • Location: Meeting room for workshop participants and business mentors
  • Participants: Workshop participants, business mentors

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  • Business Mentor : “Use your market research to develop a business model for each project. Clarify how you will generate revenue, what your cost structure will be, and what your value proposition is.”
  • Mr. B : “In the case of bioplastics, we are considering providing them on a B2B basis. We will earn revenue by supplying raw materials to environmentally conscious companies.”
  • Mr. D : “In addition to selling bamboo products through B2C, we will develop a sales strategy that works with local tourist spots and ecotourism.”
  • Mr. F : “In addition to selling recycled paper directly to companies and schools, we are also considering monetizing it by providing energy-saving technology.”

Entrepreneurship 3: Creating a business plan

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  • Location: Coworking space
  • Participants: Workshop participants, business mentors

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  • Business Mentor : “Once you have decided on a business model,

Let’s create a splan. This plan should include market analysis, marketing strategies, operational plans, financial plans, and more. ”

  • Mr. A : “For a bioplastic project, we calculate in detail the initial investment, production costs, pricing, and estimate the expected revenue.”
  • Mr. C : “For bamboo product projects, we include a series of processes in the plan, from establishing the supply chain to product development and building sales channels.”
  • Mr. E : “A business plan for a recycled paper project requires a roadmap for technology development and a strategy for introducing that technology to the market.”

Entrepreneurship 4: Fundraising and partnership building

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  • Location: Startup event, pitch session
  • Participants: Workshop participants, investors, industry experts

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  • Business Mentor : “Once you have a plan, approach investors for funding. You can also use pitch events and networking to find partners and mentors.”
  • Mr. B (to investors): “Our bioplastics project provides an opportunity to invest in a sustainable future. The demand for environmentally friendly alternative materials is increasing and we are a pioneer in this. You can become.”
  • Mr. D : “Our bamboo products have a unique market position by combining local traditions with an eco-friendly lifestyle.”
  • Mr. F : “The Recycled Paper Project provides an innovative technology that both protects the environment and reduces costs. Through our partnerships with educational institutions and businesses, we aim to have a far-reaching impact. can.”

Entrepreneurship 5: Launching and running a startup

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  • Location: Newly established startup office
  • Participants: Workshop participants, new team members, partner companies

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  • Person A : “Now that we have assembled our team, let’s begin setting up the office and initial operations. Identify the resources and timelines required for each phase of the project.”
  • Mr. C : “Let’s also focus on marketing and brand building. It’s important to tell the story and value of our bamboo products to the market.
  • Mr. E : “Work with the technology development team to optimize the production process for recycled paper products. At the same time, establish a feedback loop with end users to continuously improve the product.”
  • Business Mentor : “Growing as a startup depends on running a sustainable business and building strong relationships with your customers. Don’t forget about strategies to improve customer satisfaction and increase brand awareness.”
  • Mr. B : “Funding is also important. Let’s reinvest the initial profits and use them to scale up the business. If necessary, consider raising additional funding rounds.”
  • Mr. D : “Let’s also strengthen collaboration with local communities. Collaboration with local businesses and organizations will increase the credibility and impact of our bamboo products projects.”
  • Mr. F : “And don’t forget your sustainability goals. Always assess the impact of our operations on the environment and incorporate environmental practices as part of your operations.”

Entrepreneurship 6: Conclusion

  • Teacher : “The experiences you have learned through these projects will be the foundation for your future success in the business world. The startup journey is full of challenges, but don’t forget what you learned here today. , and aim to contribute to a sustainable future.”

Through these steps, the ideas born in the workshop develop into startups and venture companies with concrete business models. By responding to market needs and contributing to the environment, these startups aim for sustainable growth.

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