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April 17, 2000

Barbara Kakiris
Media relations Office
(216) 433-2513

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office
(216) 433-8806



This year’s Take Our Children to Work Day at the NASA Glenn Research Center will not simply show children of Center employees what their parents do—it will ask them to be a part of the action. Tuesday, April 27, will be a day brimming with hands-on activities to perform, facilities to visit and presentations to enjoy.

"Take Our Children to Work Day is the Center’s biggest event involving children. It has grown from 100 child participants in 1994, which was its first year, to a record-breaking 515 children last year," said Alberta R. Gooden, Federal Women’s Program manager and coordinator for this year’s event. "It’s an exciting event because it really puts the work that parents do in perspective for kids. For some, it’s their first time visiting the Center."

"Boomerangs Are Coming Back!" is the theme of this year’s kick-off presentation. Gary Broadbent, boomerang instructor and manufacturer, will speak at 9 a.m. and repeat his presentation at 11 a.m. in Glenn’s DEB Auditorium. Broadbent not only provides an historical, artistic and scientific overview of boomerangs, but also motivates and inspires with his message of taking what you do and making it your living. The Echoliers, a choral group of 30 young people from Mt. Vernon, OH, will begin each presentation with a serenade.

Tours of Glenn facilities that show children their parents’ diverse areas of expertise will be conducted during the course of the day, including the following locations: 2.2 Second Drop Tower; Advanced Communications Technology Satellite Control Room; Aeronautics Education Laboratory; Imaging Technology Center; and the Icing Research Tunnel.

Some fun, new additions have been made to this year’s program. There will be a scavenger hunt where children answer a list of questions during the course of their day at Glenn in order to win prizes. Also, there will be tables set up in Glenn’s Main Cafeteria for participants to color and do other activities from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Glenn’s Take Our Children to Work Day coincides with the national program, Take Our Daughters to Work Day, which is sponsored by the Ms. Foundation for Women. Take Our Daughters to Work Day is a public campaign for keeping our girls strong and resilient. The program encourages them to break down gender and racial barriers so they too can take advantage of all educational and employment opportunities. Glenn has extended its program to include all children ages 9 – 15.

Media representatives interested in attending any of the activities should call Barbara Kakiris (216/433-2513) or the Media Relations Office (216/433-2901) in order to be cleared through security.

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