April 26, 2018
The Department of Design and Construction’s (DDC) STEAM education initiative brought 48 sons and daughters of DDC employees to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum today for “Take Our Children to Work Day,” a nationwide 25-year-old program that helps expose children to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the workday, demonstrating the value of education and helping them envision future career opportunities.
The young family members of DDC staffers took part in an immersive educational experience that included demonstrations of mechanical systems, and opportunities to get close to exclusive heavy machinery, including a visit with NASA’s enterprise Space Shuttle and many of the U.S. Air Force’s advanced planes and helicopters. Students aged 7 to 13 interacted with the historic aircraft carrier, which served the U.S. Navy from 1943 until 1974.
“Take Our Children to Work Day is a great tool to educate kids about the evolution of technology and the opportunities that abound in the field of engineering,” said DDC Deputy Commissioner for Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives Lee Llambelis, “DDC STEAM is all about exposing students to technical career fields, and the Intrepid’ s exhibits present many historic scientific advancements at a level that’s accessible for students of all ages. It is a great opportunity to educate students about professions in the built environment, as well as introduce them to ideas, designs, concepts and technologies they might not otherwise be exposed to. Among other things, students learned about buoyancy and how water vessels which serve as floating homes for the military are built.&rdquo
DDC Unit Director Mohammad Haque brought his 8-year old son Nasif, a second grader, for Take Our Children to Work Day. Nasif said he enjoyed the Intrepid’ s flight simulator and that someday he might like to fly a real jet. “This trip was great because it exposed the children to superb technology and it opens their eyes to ideas in mechanics, engineering and more,” said Mr. Haque.