National Nuclear Security Administration

Children join nuclear security enterprise for the day

April 29, 2016

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The NNSA team got a lot bigger, and younger – at least for one day – as employees’ 5th- to 12th-grade children accompanied them to work for “Take your Daughters and Sons to Work Day” on April 28.

NNSA team members and their offspring participated in hands-on workshops, an energy emergency response scenario, career talks, energy technology demos, health and wellness breaks, and a children's menu from the headquarters cafeteria. The day included open invitations for employees and their children to meet and visit with top leadership, including Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz.

The events support the President’s drive to give young people work-based learning experiences to help make a connection between what they learn in the classroom and their future careers.

Students also descended upon NNSA’s laboratory campuses this week for job shadowing and accompanying their parents on tours of NNSA’s nuclear enterprise facilities and tech-centered activities including a scavenger hunt, competitive trivia, and a “Spaghetti Challenge.”

See photos of this week’s events at #ITJobShadowDay, and #TakeYourChildToWorkDay. Throughout the year, NNSA offers a variety of student opportunities and STEM outreach.