DASTOW 2010 set for June 24
|Children try their hands at firefighting during the 2009 DASTOW.
School-aged children will get a chance to see how education pays off on June 24 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 one 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 with the traditional favorite activities such as Mr. Freeze's cryogenics show, a trip to see the bison and an Open House favorite from The FUNdamentals of Physics show.
Fermilab will showcase its environmental stewardship with a show-and-tell lecture about Fermilab's wildlife, plants and flowers given by Fermilab Natural Areas, a not-for-profit group. The Fire Department will demonstrate its rescue skills by extracting a dummy staged as a trapped motorist from a wrecked car. They will also land a rescue helicopter on the road near the fire house. Children can take an close look at the helicopter.
Budding astrophysicists will use pipe cleaners to learn how extra dimensions work.
For a complete schedule of events and to see photos from previous DASTOW events, visit 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.
-- Tona Kunz