October 25, 2011

The 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011
-Outline Finalized for Children's Workshop
in Collaboration with Panasonic Center Tokyo-

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. (Chairman: Toshiyuki Shiga) is pleased to announce that a children’s Hybrid Miniature Model Car Workshop will be held in partnership with Panasonic Center Tokyo at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011 open to the public from December 3 (Saturday) through December 11 (Sunday) at Tokyo Big Sight. This will be part of the organizer-themed project SMART MOBILITY CITY 2011 (“SMC”) that showcases “next-generation automobiles and the social systems with which they interact."

The Hybrid Miniature Model Car Workshop is a program that has been successful as part of the Panasonic kids school, and this partnership was formed because the content matched the SMC theme. The aim is for children to learn through the crafting experience the mechanism of eco-cars, which don’t emit CO2, to increase their interest in science and technology, and to raise their awareness for environment protection. 

Program Outline

<Program dates> To be conducted twice a day on December 3 (Sat), 4 (Sun), 10 (Sat), and 11 (Sun) (tentative).

<Age Range> 4th-6th grades of elementary school (accompanied by guardian)

<Available seats> 30 parent-child pairs (60 persons in all)

<How to participate> Access the “e-tix online ticket service” on the Tokyo Motor Show official website (Japanese site) (http://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/ticket/)

Advanced Admission Ticket with Kids’ Workshop Participation Voucher  (including consumption tax)
Advance admission tickets: From October 25(Tue) until sold out
1,300 yen

*Admission is free for junior high school students and younger, but guardians are required to purchase the advance admission ticket above.
* One guardian per child is required to participate.
* There is no program participation fee except admission fee.

<Number of participants> 30 pairs / 60 persons per session (tentative)

<Content> After crafting hybrid miniature model cars using solar cells and storage batteries and test-driving them, a tour will be conducted of the SMC venue.  Please be noted that all the program is conducted only in Japanese.

<Time> Approximately 120 minutes per session (Crafting: about 60 min.; test driving: about 60 min.)

Registration Introduction Panasonic Center (90 min.) Bathroom break / travel time (30 min.) SMC tour
(30 min.)
1st session
10:00-10:10 10:10-11:40 11:40-12:10 12:10-12:40
1st session
13:30-13:40 13:40-15:10 15:10-15:40 15:40-16:10


<Location> The Hybrid Miniature Model Car Workshop will be held at Panasonic Center Tokyo.

*Workshop content is subject to change.


[About Panasonic kids school]
Panasonic Corporation (President: Fumio Ohtsubo) launched this participatory program for children in July 2006 with the concept of ”When kids shine, so will our future,” aspiring to support the potential of children’s dreams and their futures.

[About the Hybrid Miniature Model Car Workshop]
 This participatory energy environment educational program uses the “Hybrid Miniature Model Car kit” that runs on solar and dry cell batteries, developed by Panasonic kids school. The “Hybrid Miniature Model Car kit” combines the specialties of both Panasonic and Sanyo Electric with their respective Evolta dry batteries and solar cells (Amorphous), running with solar cells on flat roads and then switching to dry batteries when power is required to go uphill. This kit facilitates understanding of solar power, dry batteries, and energy conservation for elementary school children.