By Shannon Bishop USAG PAO
The 16th Annual Take Your Child to Work Day event took place on July 18th. The event was organized by the Frederick National Laboratory Cancer Research Institute and included activities sponsored by Fort Detrick, tenants and mission partners.
The day was designed to introduce children, ages 6 to 13, to the vital public services their parents provide in support of each organizations mission and to encourage future careers in science. The day also encourages discovery and the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life. Programs like this one provide children an opportunity to share a common vision for the future through hands-on experiences and an interactive environment.
Mock Trials, "You Can Build It" challenges, Mad Scientist experiments and much more were part of the day's festivities. The place was abuzz with excitement and learning from the 300 + children who participated this year.
"It's always exciting to watch the kids learn from some of the best in the science industry," said Jenni Benson, Garrison Public Affairs.
The U.S. Army Medical Material Development Activity designed a "You Can Build It" activity challenging the children to use raw craft materials to come up with medical solutions for Service Members on and off the battlefield.
From live parrots to kite flying; from recycling to the life of an insect; educational activities that engage the children and ignite a passion for science outside of the classroom took place. The goal was met!