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
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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.
were followed by a tree planting ceremony to commemorate the Army’s
commitment to the environment.
full-day event was the largest to date, with approximately 130
children and over 50 SSC volunteers, both military and civilian,
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
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.
help the photos the children took were put to music and presented in
a slideshow at the end of the day.
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.
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.”