"The most important thing we need now are ideas for new programs and increased participation
from the community..."
Julie Hartman, Former TYCWD Chair
June 24th is the date for the NCI at Frederick and Fort Detrick Take Your Child to Work
Day. This annual event allows your children to get a glimpse of some of the important
work you do every day to support our mission. Registration for children is open from May 18 until June 12..
Last year, 15 programs were available from laboratory or other work groups, in addition
to the more than 19 activities that took place in the “Hub” outside of Building
538, the “Science Room” in 426, and the lobby of Building 549.
Children were shown “chemistry magic”; held exotic insects; held and fed laboratory
mice; explored the world of white blood cells and cells that glow in the dark; looked
through powerful microscopes; handled a human brain; learned about recycling and
waste management; and more.
The purpose of the program is to inspire the next generation of scientific investigators,
administrators, and support personnel.
If you or anyone you know would be willing to open their office, work area, or laboratory
to our children, please let us know. Often, employees would like to participate,
but they don't know what type of activity they could provide. We have representatives
on the TYCTWD Planning Committee who will help you plan your activity; you can contact
them by simply sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 301-846-6878. In many instances, they can also provide an area in
which you can present your program if your work area/lab is not accessible to visitors.
Without sponsored programs, we could not hold the event, so your participation is critical.
The number of children participating is increasing each year, but the number of
sponsored programs is not.
Visit the Take Your Child to Work Day website for more information.