September 3, 2004  


Biggest Kids Day Yet a Roaring Success

By Teresa Troxel and Joni White

SLAC celebrated its third annual Kids Day on Thursday, August 19. This year, six more workshops, the heart and soul of the day, were added, bringing the number of workshops to 18. We reached full capacity, accommodating 234 children ages 9-16.

Photo courtesy of Lowell Klaisner

The program consisted of a welcome by Anahid Yeremian (ARDA), morning and afternoon workshops, a lunch and—after the ice cream social—a short science talk. All kids were given a safety presentation by Gene Holden (KM) before being turned over to their group leaders. Safety equipment such as glasses and ear plugs were provided. Volunteer escorts conducted groups of kids with schedules and maps in hand all over the SLAC site throughout the day.

Workshops were designed for two age groups (9-12 years and 13-16 years). In at least one workshop per group, the kids made something they could take home. Although most of the workshops were technology oriented, such as electronics, mechanics, welding and magnetics, many of the workshops were based on science including biology, astrophysics and waves.

Each workshop was developed by a workshop leader based on his or her job, who worked hard to design a program that explained their work in an interesting and appropriate way for the kids’s age—and was down right fun. This year, Adele Panofsky (DO) led a special seminar about Paleontology. The kids got to dig for fossils in the sandstone hills by the Research Yard!

Much planning went into the afternoon science talk that was the grand finale to the day. Before trying to gather 234 tired kids into the Auditorium, we all relaxed together over ice cream. Then it was the task of Dr. Boom to lecture and demonstrate science in a fun and interesting way. “I thought it was great, and my boys were happy,” said Paul Miller (AD). He added that the event was interesting and well organized.

Everyone is looking forward to Kids Day @ SLAC 2005 next summer! 




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Last update Thursday September 02, 2004 by Emily Ball