The Tokyo University of Science will offer an Internet-based course targeting gifted students still in elementary and junior high school beginning Sunday.

The university hopes its Scientist School will generate greater interest in science among schoolchildren and contribute toward further establishing Japan’s position as a scientific and technological nation, according to the organizers.

Professors and postgraduate students at the University of Tokyo will serve as instructors.

The school will provide courses on physics, chemistry and biology, and the subjects will change every week.

Lessons will consist of two sessions, each lasting 50 minutes.

Next year, the university plans to host practical lessons involving experiments at its facilities during spring and summer holidays. It will also hold consultations, the organizers said.

Shiro Sawada, a professor at the University of Tokyo who will be in charge of chemistry, said, “I hope (students) will understand the fascination of science, such as by explaining matters that are close to us.”

The admission fee is 10,000 yen and lesson fees are 10,000 yen per month.

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