Class room science delivery Do you know how a photocopier works?

This is one of those questions that even most adults can’t answer, but not the students of Hachioji Daiichi Junior High School! Through a program to promote scientific literacy and encourage kids to take up careers in science-related fields, Konica Minolta has been sending its newest college hires to teach kids the inner workings of photocopiers and other science that can be found in daily life.

Now, to answer that question.

The kids learned that photocopiers generate static electricity to send tiny particles of black or colored ink known as toner, onto a sheet of paper. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Their next task was to recreate the process in the classroom by hand.

Over the last 4 years, Konica Minolta volunteers have visited 19 schools and shared these lessons with almost 1,500 students! The kids say that learning about science gave them a new perspective on objects in their everyday lives, and they want to learn more.

So, the next time you use a photocopier, you’ll know it’s more than just a push of a magic button!

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