Bring your kids to work for DASTOW 2009 on June 10
Children learn about the Fermilab Fire Department's equipment during the 2007 DASTOW.
School-aged children will get a chance to see how education pays off June 10 when they visit Fermilab for Daughters and Sons to Work day.
Fermilab is one of many companies that honors the event in the summer rather than have children miss school in April or May when DASTOW is nationally recognized.
Exposing children to workplaces is a way to show them the value of education, help them understand what their parents or relatives do at work and get them thinking about future career options. For adults, the day showcases how employees and employers strive for a work-life balance.
Fermilab's DASTOW program returns after a hiatus last year with the traditional favorite activities as well as a new program by astrophysicist Dan Hooper highlighting cosmic images and research in honor of the International Year of Astronomy.
Fermilab will showcase its environmental stewardship with two new programs: netting pond critters outside of the Lederman Science Center and a talk about Fermilab's wildlife given by Jim Kalina, Fermilab's lead groundskeeper.
The Fire Department will have a small, replica house outfitted with smoke detectors and a smoke machine so that children can practice the correct way to escape from a fire. The smoke is non-toxic and indoor cameras and firefighters will monitor each child's path through the home. Future firefighters can try their hand at using the department hoses to put out a small blaze.
For a complete schedule of events and to see photos from previous DASTOWs, see the DASTOW Web page.
To learn more about the history of the national DASTOW program, started in 1993 as Take Our Daughters to Work program and expanded to include boys in 2003, see the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Foundation Web site.
|Each year, DASTOW provides events to showcase the environment as well as science. In 2006, families scooped up insects in the prairie near Lederman Science Center.