Newsletter 160

Gakken is announcing new kits, and that means the release of the next newsletter. It starts out by commenting on how magical machines look when replicating human writing, then goes into the Table of Contents.

1) Release of the self-propelled nonsense machine: “The Auto Writer”
2) Aug. 9, an Auto Writer Workshop
3) Release of the Rainbow Loom Starter kit
4) Yoshito Asari’s “DIY Rocket” book wins the Seiun Award
5) Now accepting applications for the High School Furoku kit idea contest, #2


1) Auto Writer
This section describes the contents of the Auto Writer mook, and how the president of Meiwa Denki helped develop the kit. The Auto Writer went on sale today (July 22), for 3,500 yen ($35 USD) not including tax. It is accompanied by a 100-page A4 mook.


2) Auto Writer Workshop
Fabcross is going to co-sponsor a workshop on Aug. 9, at Loft&Fab in Shibuya, Tokyo, for anyone wanting to learn more about how to use the kit. Participants will create their own cut-outs for decorating their kits.


3) Rainbow Loom Starter Kit
The Rainbow Loom is primarily aimed at girls, and uses brightly-colored stretch bands for making bracelets, anklets and rings. The kit comes out on Aug. 5, and includes a 28-page guidebook, loom and a set of 10 colors of bands. 1,200 yen.


4) Asari Wins
Gakken manga artist, Yoshito Asari, creator of “Manga Science”, wrote the book “Building a DIY Liquid Fuel Rocket“, documenting the amateur rocketry group that actually made the rocket and successfully launched it. “Building a DIY Rocket” won the 45th Seiun award for non-fiction works. Seiun, which translates to “Nebula”, is the Japanese competition that recognizes leading SF and non-fiction science works, and is presented at the annual Japan Science Fiction Convention. “Building a DIY Rocket” came out Aug. 28, 2013, for 1,300 yen. 224 pages.


5) HS Contest
Gakken is now taking applications for the second annual High School Furoku Idea Contest. “Furoku” translates to “supplement”, and refers to the kits that are packaged with the Otona no Kagaku mooks. The idea is to encourage students to create science and technology projects using existing OnK kits, or that could be turned into new kits.

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