New Geopark Staff (Geoscientist)

Name: Koki Kaneta
Age: 30
Hometown: Akita City, Akita Prefecture

My name is Koki Kaneta, and I have been assigned to the Toya-Usu UNESCO Global Geopark Council. My speciality is risk reduction education. I have been involved in developing teaching materials using geosites for model experiments to deepen geological understanding.

We conducted model experiments with elementary and middle school students by guiding them through geosites, to promote understanding of volcanic terrain such as maar and explosive craters, formation of faults, and land uplift. Additionally, we proved that model experiments are practical for basic understanding of geological phenomenon by testing students’ retention of knowledge thereafter.

I would like to liven up activities in the geopark with everyone. Let’s explore geosites while appreciating the question “how was it made?”!