SLAC Kids' Day 2010
Last Friday, many SLACers took a recess from their usual work to dazzle nearly 180 kids with talks and hands-on workshops. Children ages 9 to 16, sponsored by SLAC employees, descended on site for a day of exploring the lab and its science.
Clad in bright orange T-shirts, participants took part in 12 different workshops hosted by SLAC employees and some special community volunteers (see sidebar). The workshops ranged from shooting off hydro rockets on the green to dabbling in magnetics and electronics to catching a 3-D movie of the early universe in the Kavli Visualization Lab.
Kids' Day kicked off at 8 a.m. with a quick chat about safety, followed by question-and-answer sessions about life as a physicist with SLAC scientists Nicole Ackerman and Bill Schlotter. After attending workshops in the morning and afternoon, participants settled down for presentations about dinobirds by Uwe Bergmann and lasers by Ryan Coffee before heading out at 3:30 p.m. The $20 Kids' Day registration fee also covered lunch, an ice cream social and a T-shirt featuring the design of 2009 Kids' Day contest winner Jonathan Huang.
Coordinators enlisted the help of more than 50 volunteers from around the lab to serve as escorts and make sure the kids arrived at each event safely and on time.
"Kids' Day would not happen without the many SLAC staff who volunteer their time and enthusiasm to create a day that encourages our kids' interest in science," said program coordinator Pat Kreitz. "Watching a child jump up and down with joy as her hydro-rocket launches makes everyone feel proud and excited to be involved."