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U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
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Natick, MA 01760-5012 Contact: Chief, Public Affairs Office
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Date: May 9, 2007
No: 07-13

                                                Mission possible

SSC's Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) hosts Bring Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2007
John J. Manning, acting garrison manager, gets an assist from some youngsters with planting a tree during Earth Day/Bring your Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 20. (Photo by Sarah Underhill.)

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NATICK, Mass. -- The U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center's (SSC) Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Team hosted the 10th annual Bring Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day, which was held in conjunction with Earth Day, on April 20.

The day kicked off in Hunter Auditorium with opening remarks by Col. Beau Freund, commander, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. As the theme for this year’s event was Mission Impossible, Freund assigned the children with the mission of photographing activities they felt were important to the American Soldier.           

Opening remarks were followed by a tree planting ceremony to commemorate the Army’s commitment to the environment.                

This year’s full-day event was the largest to date, with approximately 130 children and over 50 SSC volunteers, both military and civilian, participating.

The program is open to children aged 9 to 18 who are afforded the opportunity to learn about some of the leading-edge technology being developed here at Natick and tour SSC’s specialized facilities.

Over 20 different tours and demonstrations were provided including:  the Future Force Warrior system, anthropometry, shelters, climatic and altitude chambers, camouflage, biomechanics, profilometry and a Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) challenge.         

“The day was a great success,” said Janice Rosado, who co-chairs the event with Claudia Quigley. “The young Soldiers who accompanied each group were instrumental in boosting the kids’ enthusiasm and making it a fun event.”

Mission Impossible turned out not to be so impossible after all, thanks to a group of enthusiastic kids, hard working tour guides, the WISE committee and Strategic Communications team.

With everyone’s help the photos the children took were put to music and presented in a slideshow at the end of the day.

“The cheering seemed to indicate they really liked seeing the photos,” said Andy Cronk, one of the tour guides for the day.           

Other events the children got to enjoy included a live animal presentation and receiving goody bags which were sponsored by Sigma Xi and the Civilian Recreation Fund Council.        

The tour is part of WISE's mission to introduce young people, particularly girls, to science and engineering careers.

Quigley and Rosado expressed their appreciation for the time and effort put in by the many volunteers who supported this year's event. Quigley said, “This event depends on the tremendous support of the entire SSC community, it is the key to making the day a success.”


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