Tsukuba International School will hold “Inquiry Camp 2016” for children aged 4 to 11 in July 2016.

Overview of Inquiry Camp 2016

At this inquiry camp, students will use inquiry-based learning techniques (see below for an explanation of inquiry-based learning) to explore topics like insects, geology, marine biology, space, and robots. During the week, the students will be taken to a research institute or educational facility in and around Tsukuba (e.g. AIST, NIES, JAXA, Kasumigaura Environmental Science Center, Yukari no Mori, NIED, Oarai Aquarium, Expo Center, etc.) and they will welcome a scientist to come and answer their questions. There will also be time for sports, art, and free play. At the end of each week, students will give short presentations on what they have learned. Parents are encouraged to attend their children’s presentation on the Friday.

The purpose of the camp is:

  • to encourage students to be inquisitive about the world around them
  • to engage students’ natural curiosity, which will serve to motivate and direct their learning
  • to give students the confidence to engage in self-directed research projects
  • to give students a chance to explain their own learning to an audience, helping them to become good science communicators
  • to develop students’ international-mindedness by giving them a chance to interact naturally with people from other countries

What is Inquiry-Based Learning?

Inquiry-based learning is a student-centered approach to learning in which children can use their own curiosity to direct their learning. Instead of having students memorize facts and repeat them on tests, inquiry-based learning encourages students to think deeply about the world around them and come up with questions that they would like to find the answers to. Students are then given many opportunities to explore their topic of interest from different angles (e.g. experimentation, asking professionals, visiting research or educational centers, doing online research, interviewing subjects. etc.), come up with evidence to support their understanding of the topic, and explain their understanding to others.

For more information about inquiry-based learning, see:


This year’s camp will run for two weeks.

  • Week 1: Monday, July 18 to Friday, July 22, 2016
  • Week 2: Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29, 2016

Children are welcome to attend one or both weeks.


9:30am to 2:30pm

(Please note that this is a DAY CAMP, not an overnight camp.)


Tsukuba International School
300-2645 Ibaraki-ken, Tsukuba-shi, Kamigo 7846-1
Tel/Fax: 029-886-5447


We will be accepting around 15 students for each level.

  • Alpha – Students born in 2011 and 2012 (4 and 5 years old in 2016)
  • Beta or Delta – Students born in 2009 and 2010 (6 and 7 years old in 2016)
  • Gamma – Students born in 2007 and 2008 (8 and 9 years old in 2016)
  • Omega – Students born in 2005 and 2006 (10 and 11 years old in 2016)

(Current TIS students who are born in 2004 or earlier may apply to be counsellors-in-training.)


35,000 yen per student per week
(20,000 yen per sibling per week)
5000 yen bus fee per week (if using this service)

The cost does not include food or drinks. Students must bring a healthy lunch and drinks (preferably water) every day.

Once your application is accepted, you will receive information about the bank account where you can send the payment.


A bus service is offered with stops in Arakawaoki, Namiki, Ninomiya, Tsukuba Center, Kenkyu Gakuen Station, and Banpaku Kinen Koen Station. (Other stops may be possible. Please contact us to discuss this.)


At this camp, we will be using English to learn. This means that it is not a camp for learning English, but for learning IN English.

Not all children who attend the camp will be fluent in English. We will allow non-fluent children to attend if they have a positive attitude toward communicating in English, and trying to learn in English, and are willing to try to use all of the English words that they know to communicate. The counsellors will interact with the campers in English, but some of the counsellors will also be able to speak Japanese.

The camp counsellors will mainly be students from the University of Tsukuba and other foreign residents in the city. The counsellors will not all be native English speakers, but they will all be able to communicate in English. We hope to have counsellors from a variety of countries to give students the opportunity to interact with people from many different countries.

Application Form

If you would like your child to attend Inquiry Camp 2016, please fill out the following form.

Tsukuba International School Inquiry Camp 2016 Application Form

We have a limit of 80 campers per week, so once the limit is reached, we will stop accepting applications. As of May 31.

  • Alpha – Students born in 2011 and 2012 (4 and 5 years old in 2016)
    • 5 places available in Week 2
  • Beta or Delta – students born in 2009 and 2010 (6 and 7 years old in 2016)
    • Beta is full in Week 2
  • Gamma – Students born in 2007 and 2008 (8 and 9 years old in 2016)
    • Gamma is full in Week 2
  • Omega –Students born in 2005 and 2006 (10 and 11 years old in 2016)
    • Available places in both weeks


Please contact us at camp[at]tis.ac.jp if you have any questions.