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MSFC Take Our Children to Work Day logo - Building Partnerships to Educate and EmpowerWORK IN PROGRESS
MSFC Take Our Children to Work Day
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Registration for
Take Our Children to Work Day
ends Wednesday, June 19, 2013
at 12:00 noon

Please note:
The deadline to order t-shirts is
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
NLT 4:00 pm.

 

 


Bullet Greetings! (.pdf)

Bullet Schedule of Activities

Bullet Transportation Schedule

Bullet Badging Requirements

Bullet “I Think Safe...”

Bullet Registration

Bullet T-shirt Order Form (.pdf)

Bullet Cafeteria Specials

Bullet Workplace Activities for Children



REGISTRATION AND WORKSHOP INFORMATION

Participating children must be in Grades 3 through 12.

All participants will be required to register in order to attend Take Our Children to Work Day.

NOTE: Participation in the workshops (with the exception of Cool Vibrations, Radioactive Ping Pong Balls, Huntsville Utilities' Electricity, Parachutes and Curiosity, Weather and Meteorology, Stop Bullying, and Float on Air) will be on a first come, first served basis. There is no online registration for indivdual workshops this year.

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SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

The following schedule is a list of the day’s activities.

If you would like to volunteer to assist with Take Our Children to Work Day activities, please contact Phyllis Olinger by e-mail at phyllis.y.olinger@nasa.gov or by phone at (256) 544-0022.

Click here for a printable workshop schedule.

Time
Event
Location
8:00

Opening Remarks - Teresa Vanhooser, Deputy Director

Remarks - Timothy J. (T.J.) Creamer, (Colonel, USA, Ret.) NASA Astronaut

4200
Morris Auditorium
9:00 - 10:00
Autograph Session - Timothy J. (T.J.) Creamer, (Colonel, USA, Ret.) NASA Astronaut 4316
8:30 - 9:00

9:15 - 9:45

10:00 - 10:30

10:45 - 11:15

Cool Vibrations!

See and hear the MSFC Acoustic Chamber in operation in the Test Laboratory. This facility can simulate the loud noises generated during the launch of rockets!

Presented by Tim Driskill (ET40)

RECOMMENDED FOR ALL AGES

 

4619

Pre-registration required. Please call Rita at 544-0205 to register.

25 person limit per session.

9:00 - 9:30

10:00 - 10:30

Float on Air!

At the Flight Robotics Laboratory, a unique flat floor facility, you will experience floating on a thin layer of air and moving 3000 pounds by pushing with one hand!

Presented by ES32 Staff and Robotics Academy Students  

 

4619

Pre-registration required. Please call Rita at 544-0205 to register.

25 person limit per session

 

1:00 - 2:30

 

 

Movie and Popcorn!

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie posterA computer-animated family comedy film loosely based on the children’s book of the same name. Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) has always wanted to construct something spectacular; however, his devices have repeatedly failed. Among his failed inventions are spray on shoes, remote controlled television, rat birds, hair unbalder and the flying car. He lives in Swallow Falls with his technophobic father Tim (James Caan) who misunderstands his son's talent.

Popcorn – Compliments of Boeing


4316

500 person limit

8:30 - 9:00

9:15 - 9:45

10:00 - 10:30

10:45 - 11:15

11:30 - 12:00

Radioactive Ping Pong Balls -
Payload Experiment Transfer

The object of this activity is to be the first team to successfully move all of the “radioactive” ping pong balls (payload) from one brown bag to the other without touching it. This activity also demonstrates the significance of teamwork in carrying out an engineering project.

Sponsored by E003, Mission Operations Laboratory

RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 3-6

 

4200
Room 815

Pre-registration required. Please call Rita at 544-0205 to register.

40 person limit per session

9:15 - 9:45

10:00 - 10:30

10:45 - 11:15

11:30 - 12:00

12:15 - 12:45

 

Fire and Ice!

We'll turn up the heat and then cool you off in our spectacular program of fire and ice. Learn all about the states of matter with flaming vapors and dry ice demonstrations!

Presented by Sci-Quest

RECOMMENDED FOR ALL AGES

 

4316
Activities Building

75 person limit per session

9:00 - 9:30

10:00 - 10:30

11:00 - 11:30

12:00 - 12:30

Balloon Rocket!

It’s all about air and thrust. Construct your very own rocket with a balloon. Different sizes and shapes of balloons will create more or less thrust.

Presented by Volunteers

RECOMMENDED FOR ALL AGES

 

4316
Activites Building

15 person limit per session

8:30 - 9:00

9:15 - 9:45

10:00 - 10:30

10:45 - 11:15

12:00 - 12:30

Fantastic Crafts!

Create your very own space themed magnetic picture frame (use the photo taken at NASA’s photo kiosk) for mom’s/dad’s office or make a space, moon or stars themed sun catcher for your room!

RECOMMENDED FOR ALL AGES

 

4316
Activities Building

15 person limit per session

8:30 - 9:00

9:15 - 9:45

10:00 - 10:30

10:45 - 11:15

12:00 - 12:30

Discover the Planet Mars and Build
Your Own Mars Car!

Explore the craters and valleys of the Martian planet in your marble-powered Mars buggy. Learn how momentum and the 1/3 gravity difference would affect your travels on the red planet, and the forces needed to get past the dust storms and rough terrain. Have a race with your fellow Mars astronauts, and see whose Mars car drives the fastest. What will you discover on your Mars mission? Come find out at the Space Camp® booth!

Presented by U.S. Space and Rocket Center

RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 3-6

 

4316
Activities Building

30 person limit per session

9:00 - 9:30

10:00 - 10:30

11:00 - 11:30

Redstone Federal Credit Union Cosmic Kids

This exhibit will help reinforce Redstone’s 3 S Rule: SAVE, SPEND & SHARE. RFCU invites you and your family to come learn about the STAR Club (0-12 year old) savings account and Mpower (13-18 year old) checking account (No worries parents, you are the quarterback). Along with the account information (SAVE), you are invited to win some goodies (SPEND) and design a card for a solider (SHARE). Come open an account, play some games or just give RFCU staff a high five!!!

Presented by Redstone Federal Credit Union

 

4316
Activities Building

30 person limit per session

8:30 - 9:00

9:15 - 9:45

10:00 - 10:30

10:45 - 11:15

12:00 - 12:30

Cool Science - The Art of Cryogenics

Observe superconductive properties, break a penny and freeze marshmallows. Ever have dippin’ dots made with liquid nitrogen? Come and see exciting demonstrations and the science behind it.

Presented by Howard Soohoo (EE04)

RECOMMENDED FOR ALL AGES

 

4316
Activities Building

75 person limit per session

8:30 - 9:00

9:15 - 9:45

10:00 - 10:30

10:45 - 11:15

11:30 - 12:00

 

Huntsville Utilities -
Electricity, Conservation Tips and Energy Vampires!

Where does electricity come from? - Fossil plants, nuclear plants, hydroelectric plants, and combustion turbines. Discussions will also center on the subject of electric transmission, renewable energy vs. non-renewable energy, and the kind of energy “vampires” we have lurking in their homes. We will also offer conservation tips.

Presented by Linda R. Bowen, Community Relations Specialist, Huntsville Utilities

 

4200
Conf. Rm. 715

Pre-registration required. Please call Rita at 544-0205 to register.

32 person limit per session

 

8:30 - 9:00

9:15 - 9:45

10:00 - 10:30

10:45 - 11:15

11:30 - 12:00

12:15 - 12:45

 

Shoot to the Moon! - Straw Rocket Project

Students can design and build their own miniature straw rockets and test them on the Straw Rocket Launcher! Rockets can be launched as high as 50 feet!

Presented by MSFC Education Office

RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 3-6

 

4316
Activities Building

20 person limit per session

8:30 - 9:30

10:00 - 11:00

11:30 - 12:00

What Goes Up Must Come Down!
Parachutes & Curiosity Landing

Seven minutes of terror! Construct a parachute and Curiosity capsule and simulate Curiosity’s landing on Mars!

Presented by Susan Currie, Academic Affairs

RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 3-8

 

4205
Gallery

Pre-registration required. Please call Rita at 544-0205 to register.

20 person limit per session

 

8:30 - 9:00

9:15 - 9:45

10:00 - 10:30

10:45 - 11:15

11:30 - 12:00

 

The Earth From Space

A presentation with video and images showing climate change, weather, and natural hazard applications as seen from space. A question and answer period will follow.

Presented by NASA’s Global Hydrology
and Climate Center

Recommended for Grades 3-12

 

4200
Room 509

Pre-registration required. Please call Rita at 544-0205 to register.

___ person limit per session

 

12:30 - 12:45

 

SUITCASE THRUSTERS!

These fiery thrusters will be used to maintain the orientation of Sundancer space station module in low earth orbit!

Presented by David Hewitt of Dynetics

 

4316
Activities Building

75 person limit per session

8:30 - 9:30

9:30 - 10:30

11:30 - 12:30

 

Stop Bullying!

Sergeant Joshua Graff will discuss the types and signs of bullying (including cyberbullying) and will also identify those who are at risk of being bullied. Parents and children are invited to participate in this very important discussion.

Sponsored by NASA/MSFC Protective Services

 

4200
Room 211

Pre-registration required. Please call Rita at 544-0205 to register.

35 person limit per session

8:30 - 9:00

9:15 - 9:45

10:00 - 10:30

10:45 - 11:15

12:00 - 12:30

 

All About H2O Safety

This presentation will focus on how we can keep our marine environment clean and our waterways safe.

Come see Coastie, the animated robotic cartoon character that teaches what to do in emergency situations.

Presented by DeAnne Rodenburg (ES60)

Sponsored by the N. Alabama Coast Guard Auxiliary

 

4316
Activities Building

30 person limit per session

 

11:30 - 12:30

 

We Do the Hard Stuff @ NASA

Do you know what we do at Marshall Space Flight Center? We do super cool things that most people don’t even know about. You could even say Marshall is NASA’s Best Kept Secret. Do you like mysteries, video games, experiments or helping the planet stay green? You’ll love hearing about the challenges we solve every day. Come see how Marshall does the hard stuff!

Presenter: Ann Yelle and Marcia Cobun
(CS30 - OSAC COMMS - ASI)

 

P110

110 person limit per session

OTHER ACTIVITIES

 

The Mobile Command Center Tour
The Mobile Command Center is a 40 foot long mobile operations center designed to respond to emergencies and operate independently for extended periods of time.  It offers telephone, internet, satellite and over-the-air television, secure telephone, and satellite communications to its users along with other amenities necessary to sustain a crew during 24 hour operations.  It also has seven (7) on-board cameras, one of them is a pan-tilt-zoom with night vision on a 15 foot telescopic mast.  There are also eight (8) televisions, two (2) computers, one (1) printer/copier/fax.  It came about from lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina where usable facilities were limited after the storm.  It has an on-board generator and an operational range of over 600 miles.  Sponsored by MSFC Security Office.

Redstone Arsenal Fire Truck
Fire extinguisher training and fire safety handouts will be available. Redstone Arsenal ladder fire truck will be on display from 8:30 - 12:30.

Space Launch System (SLS) Photo
Commemorate Marshall’s Take Our Children to Work Day 2013 with a photo. The SLS photo kiosk allows you to select one of three different backgrounds – SLS, Orion or ISS. Each photo will include a banner across the bottom with a title based upon which background is chosen.

NASA INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION LIVE ON THE BIG SCREEN!
Check out how the ISS, the most complex structure ever built in space, works on a daily basis.

NASA Spinoffs
Have you ever wondered how space exploration impacts your life? In programs and projects like Apollo, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station, innovative technologies developed through NASA’s space and aeronautics missions offer vast benefits that increase the quality of our lives each and every day. You see them in your home, at the grocery store, in the hospital, and at the airport. This display is sponsored by ZP30/Technology Development and Transfer Office.

Marshall Safety and Health in Action Team
(MSAT) “I Think Safe Because" Badges

The Marshall Safety and Health Action Team (MSAT) will be preparing “I Think Safe Because…” badges in the lobby of 4203 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm on June 20th. Please bring a wallet size photo of that special someone in your life that reminds you to always be safe.

 

4316
Activities Building

These scheduled events are for the enjoyment of the children and are not mandatory.
We hope you will also enjoy time with your child/children at your
office or workplace during the rest of your work day.

With personal safety of all employees and visitors to the MSFC in mind, it is important to remember that many work areas of the center are classified as hazardous environments. These areas are controlled for hazard mitigation through access, special training/certifications, personal protection equipment requirements, etc.  Normal operations will be occurring in those areas and will not be suspended during the Take Our Children to Work Day on Thursday, June 20 at MSFC. Although it is understandably desirable to show others where we work and what we do, those areas present much higher safety risks/hazards to any untrained/unauthorized persons. Additionally, the volume of visitors would make special escorting and/or suspended operations inefficient and disruptive to the ongoing work activities but more importantly, it would unnecessarily pose added risks to the safety of both the visitors and employees. Please note that employees should not plan to take their children or other family members into these areas, for example those areas include the east and west test areas, Building 4619 high bay areas, materials and processes laboratory areas, construction areas, and any other hazardous areas.

Please note: By registering your child, you agree to allow NASA/MSFC to use your child’s
photo/video image for the purpose of advertising the 2013 Take Our Children to Work Day event.
If you have any objections, please contact Abbie Johnson @ 544-0014.

 


TRANSPORTATION

Bus Routes

4200 West
4203 North
4205 West Main
4600 South
4610 East
4619 East
4487 South

Bus will run continuous loops to each location, starting at 7:30 at Bldg. 4200. Passengers at 4201 and 4202 can board the bus at 4203 north and passengers at 4601 can board the bus at 4600 south.

Drop-off and pick-up for 4316 will be in front of 4315 at the sidewalk on the south side.

Special Accomodations

For special transportation accommodations, please call Abbie Johnson as soon as possible at 544-0014.




BadgeBADGING

Children age 15 or below will not require official badging to get on post on Thursday, June 20, 2013, as long as they are accompanied by a badged employee.

However, children who elect to drive a separate vehicle will be required to go through the procedure of being entered into VMS and going through the Joint Visitor Control Center (JVCC). This action, however, will be the sole responsibility of the parent (or whomever the child(ren) will be visiting on that day).


CAFETERIA SPECIALS

Soft drink cup with straw(These specials are featured at the cafeteria in 4203)

Hamburger Lunch

Chicken Finger Lunch


Hamburger


Chicken Fingers

Potato Chips

Fries

Medium drink

Medium drink

$4.50

$5.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domino's Pizza - Building 4600

Domino's Pizza Mobile Location is open behind Building 4600 Tuesday and Thursday from 11AM — 1PM. Pick-up Only.

Ready To Go Menu

(All prices include tax)

  • Extra Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza $6.00 w/ a 20 oz drink $7.00
    • 10” pizza with 6 slices— feeds one to two people
  • Specialty Pizza of the Day $8.00 w/ a 20 oz drink $9.00
    • 10” pizza with 6 slices — feeds one to two people
  • 20 Oz Drinks $1.50 Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Dr. Pepper, Sprite or Dasani water

Call Ahead Ordering

We accept pre-paid credit/debit card orders for any of our standard menu items and offers for delivery to our Bldg. 4600 mobile location. Call our Triana Blvd location at 536-4433 to place your order to be delivered at 11:00 am, 11:45 or 12:30. Your order must be placed a minimum of one hour before your requested delivery time and paid with a credit card. Your order will be delivered to the building 4600 location at the time you requested.


SUGGESTED WORKPLACE ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

In addition to the workshops we have scheduled, here are a few suggestions on activities your children can enjoy during their day at your worksite.

For all ages

K-4 Ideas

5-8 Ideas

9-12 Ideas


 

 

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