Murata to open “Mulabo!”, an experiential facility for children to enjoy science

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5/10/2020

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
President: Norio Nakajima  

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (hereafter “Murata”) plans to open its “Mulabo!” science experience facility for children in the Minato Mirai 21 area of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture on December 16, 2020. As a facility open to the public, Mulabo! will convey the fun of science through electronics.

Mulabo!, coined by employees combing abbreviations for Murata and Laboratory, is based on the concept of “a place where budding engineers are born,” the facility will contribute to the development of STEM  “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education “,  and culture under the theme of “science,” which is linked to Murata’s business activities. Providing children with a place to encounter the wonders and joys of science, Mulabo! will aim to become a new face of Yokohama Minato Mirai. In order to be appealing to, popular among, and repeatedly enjoyed by visitors of all ages, the facility will contain the following four unique zones.

 

DISCOVER Zone:

The DISCOVER Zone will have experiential exhibits where visitors can learn the basics of electricity under the theme of “visible science.” In addition to the three main experiential exhibits, which include quizzes using terminals, we also plan to have an experiential exhibit section that uses Murata’s own technology. The DISCOVER Zone will also have exhibits that allow visitors to have fun learning by seeing and touching.

 

Conceptual image of the DISCOVER Zone

 

THINK Zone:

The THINK Zone will feature a Café Library. Here, visitors can encounter the fun of science through books on STEM while enjoying drinks and light meals. There is also a kid’s space for small children and a nursing room.

 

Conceptual image of the THINK Zone

 

SYMBOL Zone:

The SYMBOL Zone will exhibit art that symbolizes the facility and hold demonstrations of Murata’s robots (such as the Murata Cheerleaders) in conjunction with events. 

 

Conceptual image of the SYMBOL Zone

 

HISTORY Zone:

The HISTORY Zone will introduce electronics products that have enriched our lives and society, as well as Murata’s journey of creating electronic components.

 

Conceptual image of the HISTORY Zone

 

Facility Outline

 

Name:
Mulabo! 
Address:
4-3-8 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Inside Murata Manufacturing’s Minato MIRAI Innovation Center
Floor area:
Approximately 1,000 m2
Access:
5-minute walk from Shin-Takashima Station on the Minatomirai Line of Yokohama Minatomirai Railway
15-minute walk from JR Yokohama Station / Sakuragicho Station 
Venue A public facility that provides a place to encounter the wonders and fun of science,
with the main target for visitors being children in the upper grades of elementary school
Opening date:
December 16, 2020 (tentative)
Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
 (last orders in the café: 4:30 PM)
Closed:
Closed: Sundays, Mondays, and other days are in accordance with Murata’s business closures
Admission fee:
Free admission
How to use:
Some experiential exhibits are by appointment only.
Reservations may be made on Mulabo website from early November 2020.
Website:
https://mulabo.murata.com/      only Japanese

 

 

 

 

 

 


Murata in Brief

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components & solutions, communication modules and power supply modules. Murata is committed to the development of advanced electronic materials and leading edge, multi-functional, high-density modules. The company has employees and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. For more information, visit Murata's website at www.murata.com