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Electronics Disassembly Workshops

Toshiba hold workshops wherein children take apart household appliances and personal computers. Our purpose is to let children experience how interesting and mysterious science is, and feel the fun of manufacturing.
As volunteer Toshiba Group employees who take part as the "Disassembly Doctors" give guidance in how to use tools and how the product mechanisms work, the children proceed to disassemble products that are no longer usable for shop displays or other such purposes. The children start out being assigned problems by the Doctors so that they can be aware of the operation of the parts as they proceed with the disassembly. After they have taken the products apart, they separate out the materials by plastic, metal, and so on, to also learn about recycling.
These workshops were held a total of 41 times from 2005 to the end of FY2014.

* Do not disassemble at home. Doing so may cause a fire, electric shock, or injury.

Photo: Electronics Disassembly WorkshopsElectronics Disassembly Workshops images

Let's Try Disassembling a Vacuum Cleaner

  • Photo:A Vacuum Cleaner

    1Start Disassembly!
    Remove the cover and peel off the sponge, and right away there is the circuit board with various wires sticking out of it. This is the part that sends commands to the other parts.

  • Photo:Disassembling a Vacuum Cleaner

    2Surrounding the motor is recycled plastic. This was recycled from plastic that was originally used in other vacuum cleaners.

  • Photo:Disassembling a Vacuum Cleaner

    3There's mechanism inside the hose for passing on electricity. It can't be seen from the outside, but it is a very important part.

  • Photo:Disassembling a Vacuum Cleaner

    4This gold-colored ring is there to transfer electricity to the wiring inside the hose.It's made so that the electricity can keep flowing even when the hose turns around.

  • Photo:Disassembling a Vacuum Cleaner

    5Disassembly complete!
    The inside of the cyclone-type vacuum cleaner was packed full of 60 or more kinds of parts.

  • Photo:Disassembling a Vacuum Cleaner

    6The parts were carefully sorted and separated.

Let's Try Disassembling Rice Cookers!

  • Photo:Rice Cookers

    1Start Disassembly!
    You only ever see the outside of this rice cooker.
    You can't even begin to imagine what kinds of parts are used.

  • Photo:Disassembling Rice Cookers

    2This part, a vacuum pump that came from the middle of the lid, pushes out the air inside the pot.
    It helps with power saving and makes the rice cook faster.

  • Photo:Disassembling Rice Cookers

    3This is a fan we found in the bottom.
    This plays a role in cooling a part called the inverter, which is important for power saving.

  • Photo:Disassembling Rice Cookers

    4This is a part we found when disassembling the lid. This silver ball moves up and down, creating a vacuum inside the pot and regulates the high pressure.

  • Photo:The parts of the rice cooker

    5Disassembly complete!
    Round objects and square objects, metal objects and plastic objects -- parts of all shapes and materials are packed inside like this.

Where do these parts go? What do they do?

Vacuum cleaner

Photo:Vacuum cleaner
What do they do?

Microwave oven

Photo:Microwave oven
What do they do?

Personal computer

Photo:Personal computer
What do they do?

DVD recorder

Photo:DVD recorder
What do they do?

Rice cooker

Photo:Rice cooker
What do they do?

The answer is ...:In Workshops,Let's to ask Disassembly Doctors!

* These pictures are examples. The actual parts used may vary.

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