Environmental Factor, June 2007, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Take Your Child to Work Day
By Eddy Ball
Each year, twenty lucky kids between the ages of eight and fifteen get a chance to see what their parents do at work by attending the NIEHS Take Your Child to Work Day, which coincides with Earth Day. To make sure more children get the chance to experience the program, participants must not have been a part of the program the previous year.
On April 24, this year's group gathered in Rodbell Auditorium to begin their day of exploration at the Institute. According to Health and Safety Branch rules, the children could not enter potentially hazardous areas such as shops, animal facilities and labs, except for scheduled activities.
The kids participated in Earth Day activities coordinated by Dick Sloan and visited special "child-proofed" labs where they engaged in hands-on experiments in performing DNA isolation, testing pH of different substances and making own "flubber," a gooey polymer with a distinctive appeal for kids. The activities shown here were linked to familiar aspects of home life and contemporary "kid culture" and supervised by Biologists Rachael Patterson, Cindy Innes, Colleen Anna, Kristine Witt, Ron Cannon, Ph.D., and Veterinary Medicine Section Chief Terry Blankenship-Paris, D.V.M.