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Posted 5/2/2018

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By James D'Ambrosio, Public Affairs Specialist
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District


Across the Nation some 37 million employees at 3.5 million organizations participated in "Take Your Child to Work Day," marking the 25th year since its inception in 1993.

30 children visit

On this special day, 30 children of all ages visited the Army Corps' New York District headquarters in New York City and participated in a full slate of activities, got a first-hand understanding of the federal workplace, learned more about their parent’s every-day jobs, what a typical day might be, and giving thought on occupations they may aspire to as adults.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Office organized the event and helped staff members from various offices with a series of hands-on activities which included a visit to their parent’s work place, lunch, and presentations.

“[The day was] another great opportunity for children to see their parents in their work-day roles,” said Ms. Jean Lau, chief, Equal Employment Opportunity Office. “The kids really enjoy the different setting and get ideas about what they might like to do in the future,” said Lau.

Through the eyes of a child, the best thing about the event was interactive presentations given by their parents, some who brought their own children to work.

Staff presentations 

So You Want to Be in Pictures? Hector Mosley of the Public Affairs Office conducted live on-camera interviews of each child, asking them their name, grade, what their parent does within the Corps, and what they would like to do when they grow up.

Lawrence Mazzola, chief of staff of the New York District, said, “I really enjoyed presenting to the children.  It was great to see so many our staff participating and engaging children in the spirit of the day.”

The kids were very inquisitive and engaged, and enjoyed the day's activities by getting to know more about what it is that their parents do for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Emphasized was the importance about the role of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Archaeology 

Carissa Scarpa, an archaeologist with the New York District Planning Division, discussed managing impacts to historic properties and archaeological sites for many types of programs, studies and projects. Scarpa's presentation included a “cookie excavation” where the kids excavated chocolate chips (artifacts) from a cookie matrix and then mapped where they found them on a grid.

Raymond Lo, chief, New York District Safety Office demonstrated to the children safety breathing respirators in which the kids referred to as gas masks, and discussed what they’re used for.

Lo also presented a fall-protection harness and self-retracting lifeline, explaining how it protects workers from falling from heights. Children also observed how a gas meter can test for oxygen and volatile organic compounds in which a meter was held next to a dry erase marker and gauged the compounds coming off the marker.

Cost engineering - bridge designs 

Mukesh Kumar, Joseph Diehl and Kaitlyn Eng in Engineering Division, discussed bridge designs and cost engineering principals. Diehl and Eng led an interactive bridge-building design project constructed with kid-friendly materials such as toothpicks, gummy bears and Twizzlers. Kumar led an interactive discussion about costs associated with the individual designs of their bridges.

New York District attorneys Ellen Simon and Dana Friedman of the Office of Counsel presented a scenario titled "No Animals in the Library" that engaged children in a discussion of what rules and laws are, how to write a rule that can be fairly enforced, penalties for infractions, and how to protest an unfair rule.

At the event's end, children posed for a group photograph. The "Take Your Child to Work" event continues to be a popular event with parents at the New York District, giving them the opportunity of showing their children the value of an education and career in the Army Corps.