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Children Get Behind-the-Scene Look at NASA During Take Our Children to Work Day
04.25.06
 
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

Media advisory: 06-059


Kids often wonder what, exactly, their parents do at work all day. The children of employees at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will find out and learn a lot more at Marshall's annual Take Our Children to Work Day Thursday, April 27.

"The theme of the event is 'Shaping the Future'," said Chanel Leslie, education and diversity specialist for Marshall's Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, who serves as chairperson of Take Our Children to Work Day. "The activities are designed to expose young people to what their parents do during the work day, and show them the real-world value of education. It is intended to be more than just a career day. We have built a lot of fun into the day as well."

Young visitors to Marshall also will hear from veteran astronaut Dr. Jan Davis of Huntsville about how to be safer on Earth and how astronauts stay safe in space. Representatives from Huntsville's Sci-Quest science museum will give a tongue-in-cheek presentation, called "Grossology 101," on the functions of the human body. Students also may tour the Vision for Space Exploration Experience – an interactive exhibit that allows visitors to virtually tour the moon, Mars and our other nearby neighbors in the solar system. The day caps off with a screening of the Walt Disney film "Chicken Little" at the Marshall Center's Morris Auditorium.

What: Take Our Children to Work Day: Shaping the Future
When: Thursday, April 27, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. CDT
Where: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

Children in grades 3-12 are eligible to participate in the day's activities. They will take part in bus tours of the Marshall Center, a scavenger hunt and exciting, educational workshops about the International Space Station and the space shuttle that will show what it takes to get to orbit, and live and work in space.

Media interested in attending the event must contact the Marshall Center Public and Employee Communications Office at (256) 544-0034.