Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work®
April 22, 2013
Registration Form | Excused Absence Request
Form | Volunteer Schedule |
(Registration and School links go
live about 1 mo before program; volunteers about a week)
about the rest of the year? Suggestions for other programs and
on line opportunities).
Career Exploration for kids ages 8-11!
Activities encourage confidence, inquisitiveness,
and resilience through participation in activities that introduce them to
broad range of science-, environmental-, and engineering-based careers
fostered at ESF. Session leaders supervise
experiments or facilitate discussions and role-playing. Invited quests answer questions about what they do
on the job, and why they like to do it.
Many of our students and employees are also active in the larger community,
and sometimes activities feature this aspect of their lives. Members of the ESF community serve as escorts between sessions.
Why daughters and why this age-range?
This national event was launched in 1993 by the Ms. Foundation as a response to studies by
Harvard University, American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the
Minnesota Women's Fund, which indicate that a girl's self esteem, confidence
in intellectual development, and interest in math, science, and technology
(and thus their chance at a variety of future jobs) plummet as they advance
toward adolescence. Other studies have shown that girls are more
likely to see themselves as scientists and engineers when they perceive
these fields to be relevant to their lives. Girls even have fewer fictional role models, as
children's literature and television generally feature boys in the starring
and most other roles (SeeJane.org
and fem-inc.com), or the
few girl characters are unrealistic or inappropriate role models (miss
By encouraging girls to develop an early
interest in careers that require math and science, and ultimately, maintain
that interest as they grow up, we help ensure a more diverse, dynamic, and productive workforce in the future.
Additional findings show that children, both girls and boys, assign gender
to a host of professions (Nocek
et al 2009), and it is therefore important for
them to interact with female role models, and envision both women and men in
a variety of careers . Former astronaut Sally Ride recommends
introducing girls to women scientists to "allow them to put a
female face on these careers." She also stresses the
importance of involving parents and preventing the perpetuation of stereotypes that
girls are not good at math or science. The
Girl Scouts have similar advice.
We encourage you to look for additional options for
your older or younger child, or for you to arrange for them to "shadow" you, a
relative or family friend.
Why sons? The
program was expanded in 2003 in response to comments by fathers that they,
too, want balance between work and other aspects of their lives, and the
realization that for girls to reach their full potential in the workplace,
community, and at home, their future coworkers and
partners must be encouraged to do the same. In addition, boys (and
girls!) benefit from positive female role models that counter media
stereotypes that women are either bad at math and science, or that women who
enjoy such work are asocial and feminine (Bhatt
et al. 2012).
When? The National
"Take our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day"
is the fourth Thursday in April, and schools are encouraged to build on the
program when kids return to regularly scheduled classes on Friday.
However, ESF's program may be changed to a different date to avoid religious holidays or
and while we're doing that, we'll select a date when our laboratory spaces
aren't in use by the college kids. Previous iterations of the National
program site discouraged alternate program dates, but their stance has
relaxed to allow local hosts to select individual dates (2013).
What about missing school? School
districts may not recognize this as an excused absence. The Excused Absence
Request Form explains
the ESF program, and should facilitate your communication with your child's teacher and/or principal
about our expectations for the day, and for them to communicate with you
about work they might miss and the means to make it up.
What is the program format?
The program is set up kind of like a school day. After you sign
your child into "homeroom", your child will be in "classes" until you (or
someone you designate) sign them out. There are few differences, of
course: we have a heavier focus on science than the average middle school
and make use of working laboratories; kids are escorted between all the
activities; "PE" is focused on healthy work-life or life skills; and many parents join their kids in our "lunchroom.".
Although "homework" is voluntary, it is much appreciated, as we
take kids and parents comments seriously in developing next year's program.
Your evaluations provide valuable feedback to the session leaders, too, so
that they can continue to improve their outreach efforts.
Is there a fee? No.
However, if you can help out by offering an activity, donating materials,
escorting kids to and from sessions, or assist session leaders or planners
that day or in preparation thereof, we welcome
Sounds great, but I don't have kids (in
that age range or otherwise).
"Our" daughters and sons includes all the children in
So enroll nieces and nephews, grandchildren, neighbors and friends, and/or volunteer to
facilitate an activity, escort kids to and from sessions, or to assist a
What else do I need to know ?
Space is limited, and registration is required. Registration
forms are available about one month prior to the program.
It takes a lot of coordination to make sure everyone gets where they need
to be. The registration form includes room for you to let us know when
during the day you can be available to help. This is not required for
your child's participation, but is certainly appreciated by the organizers,
and a fairly unobtrusive way for you to check in on your child during the day.
Lunch is provided. Our regular menu is make-your-own sandwich, chips,
fruit, cookies and juice. For questions about food, contact Diane Kuehn (email@example.com).
For questions about helping as part of
your service learning track, contact Kelley Donaghy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For all other questions, contact: Heather Engelman (email@example.com).
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What sorts of activities do the kids do?
We feature different
activities each year so that children can try out a broader variety of careers
and healthy lifestyle activities, and to share the benefits, and costs, of the programs across
2014: Stay Tuned! Note that we
don't include the level of detail below until after the event. Much of
science and engineering is the investigative process, and if we give you all
the answers now, it deprives the kids of some of that excitement.
Parents will have the full schedule, so that they can check up on their kids
throughout the day.
2013: Work in Progress.
Dr. Diane Kiernan, FNRM and LeMoyne College, introduced
the concept of dendrochronology and kids aged trees using both cross
sections (aka Tree Cookies) and increment cores. Kids then
worked with water in both a working Watershed Hydrology model (Ms.
Molly Farrell (EFB and Onondaga Environmental Institute) and in
Designing a Fountain (Dr. Ted Endreny
and Mr. Paul Szemkow, ERE). They
also learned about the Chemistry involved in Liquid Crystal Displays
and marbled paper (Ms Joy Logan, Chemistry), used I-tree to model their
urban forest (Ms. Allison Bodine, USFS). Kids also toured the
Roosevelt Wildlife Museum
Giegerich and Ms. Meredith Perrault, EFB)and
entered the Recycled Shelter Contest.
Also note that
Dr. Kiernan, Ms Farrell and Ms Bodine are all ESF graduates!
Track Students for their help throughout the day. ESF Kids2Work LOGO by
RINNAN WHITFORD. ALUMNI RELATIONS/ESF CAMPUS BOOKSTORE, cloth shopping bags
and cedar cookies; SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE, notebooks; COMMUNICATIONS
pencils, window clings & temp tattoos. CENTENNIAL HALL water bottles,
lanyards and Frisbees. MOON LIBRARY and VP for ADMINSTRATION, pencils.
COPY CENTER provided print services. USFS for Smoky Bear comics,
folders, rulers and bookmarks. Lunch, snacks, and organizational
oversight were provided by the ESF WOMEN’S CAUCUS, with the assistance of
STEM and the Scientific Method
(Dr. Gary Scott talked about careers in Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math and the steps of the scientific method.
Kids made predictions, and learned how the US mint uses paper science,
chemistry and more to make currency); Termite Trails (Dr. Melissa
Fierke introduced chemical communication and kids trained termites to follow
synthetic pheromones); In Managing for trees and wildlife, Ashley
Simpson, Eva Hopper, Jeff Kehoe, and Tejal Kuray of the ESF Society of
American Foresters/Forestry Club demonstrated resource availability and its
impact on both tree growth and the wildlife that lives in forested habitat.
Kids Cash Kit and Caboodle (Thom Dellwo,
Credit Union. Kids assembled 3 part banks to Save, Share and Spend
money, and developed budgets to care for their future (fictional) pups.)
Landscape Architecture and Green Infrastructure (Dr. Margaret Bryant
introduced the field of Landscape Architecture and how ESF's green
infrastructure projects capture rainwater to reduce pollution from
stormwater runoff into the Onondaga Creek Watershed--in a really beautiful
ways. Chemistry (Joy Logan) used readily available dyes (Sharpies),
solvents (100% isopropyl alcohol) and lots of ventilation to personalize the
100% cotton t-shirts designed by ESF
junior Rinnan Whitford (Before
you wear your shirt: Wait at least 24 hours for the rubbing alchohol
to completely evaportate (to keep color from fading as much); hand wash or
machine wash (by itself) in cold water; dry in dryer set to medium heat
(shirt may shrink a little and color will fade some);
Tree products and ESF programs (Heather Engelman)
Acknowledgements: We profusely thank Dr. Neil Abrams and Dr.
Melissa Fierke for the use of their laboratories, the Departments of
Chemistry and Environmental and Forest Biology for the dyes, solvents, and
termites they purchased for this program, Rinnan Whitford for the ESF
centric Kids Day logo, and our photographer, Sai Nakama. We also thank ALUMNI RELATIONS/CAMPUS BOOKSTORE for
cloth shopping bags and Centennial Pens; COMMUNICATIONS for window clings,
postcards and pencils; The VP for ADMINISTRATION, pencils; CENTENNIAL
HALL, Frisbees and pens. Lunch and snacks were provided by WEGMANS and the PROVOST. The COPY CENTER provided
print services. The ESF WOMEN’S CAUCUS, with the assistance of the PROVOST,
Introductions were facilitated by Janine DeBaise. Artistic Wax
(using chemistry to make crayons, keeping manufactured pigments, and one
very special naturally derived one-Russian soil--suspended in wax, so its
transferable to paper. Kelley Donaghey and Joy Logan). Sustainable Construction
(Siting buildings correctly helps make the best use of natural light in
windows and solar panels. And the same angle necessary for positioning those
panels was used in the construction of functional sundials. Paul Crovella).
Seed Bombs for Native Plant Biodiversity (compared caterpillar
populations among the different microclimates of the quad, then headed to
the greenhouse to mix potting media and imbed native seed within it in 'seed
bombs' to use in enriching our yards, empty lots, or wherever butterflies
would be welcome. Kathy McGrath and Caterhine Landis). EE Round Robin--the
kids helped the Environmental Interpretation class try out their lesson
plans in population dynamics (Oh, Deer--how do they respond to resource
mini-herb gardens, and learned about tracks (Beth Folta and class). Forest Health and Management
(what things do foresters and arborists look for in assessing individual
tree health and development? looked at tree cookies, insect and fungal
specimens, and took some measurements, too. Jess Gibson, Jessica
Craft, Colin Bartholomew, and Bill Van Gorp). Bike Safety.Tish
Jubinville from the National Safety Council shared rules for the road,
guidelines for proper helmet use to ensure maximum protection, the
importance of seeing and being seen by motorists, and even a
computer game to test bike safety decision making.
Acknowledgements: We thank Wegmans for
providing lunches and snacks, the International Society of Arboriculture for
temporary tattos, and J.L. Darling for the rite-in-the-rain notebooks, for each participant. Other support from the program came from the Provost's
Office, Alumni Association/Campus Bookstore, Moon Library, Outreach,
Centennial Hall, The Offices of the Vice President for Administration and Communication. We are greatly appreciative of the
departments and individual laboratories for the time and supplies used in
facilitated by Janine DeBaise.
The Chemistry of Art (how does dye work? how do jewelers get those
cool colors of metal? Kelley Donaghy and Julie McGaulley), Tissue
Culture: Plants in a Test Tube (phosphorescent and carnivorous plants,
among others, Linda McGuigan), Engineering in Action: Landfills (how
do civil engineers handle our waste stream? what can individuals do to
make their jobs easier? Jennifer Smith), Paper Making (handcrafted
paper--with some high tech help, Beth Arthur), The Dirt on Worms (various
plants and animals serve as indicators of forest health--conservation
biologists use tools and safety protocols to check out one of those species,
and return it safely back home, Cait Snyder and Stacy McNulty), and African Dancing
and Drumming (local artist Biboti Oukahilo transformed Nifkin Lounge into a
introductory dance studio; everyone had a chance to try the
instruments, as well as to learn one of the dances.)
Kids also witnessed the
Sensing class attempt to launch a weather balloon from the Quad.
and other support for the program came from the Provost's Office, Alumni
Association/Campus Bookstore, Moon Library, Outreach, The Office of the Vice President
for Administration and The Office of Communication. We also thank
the departments and individual laboratories for the supplies used in the
Dean Cynthia Sedgwick welcomed our kids to campus this year. Kids
then headed to the chemistry lab to investigate polymers (as well as some oxymorons) with
"Bouncing liquids, hard water and ice-less ice cream" (Kelley Donaghy/Julie McGaulley).
They also checked out dilant properties of "Oobleck" (a suspension of
cornstarch in water). Kids conducted a biodiversity survey with a biologist (Melissa Fierke),
and participated in a demonstration of "Losing Your Habit."
In "Engineering a Fountain" (Ted Endreny), they observed the
height of a fountain as the velocity of water and the diameter of
fountain were altered, and then used this information in the preliminary
design of their own fountains. "Bits, Bytes, and Bugs"
demonstrated how viruses and spyware snatch credit card information,
social security numbers, and passwords; slow a computer down, and even
corrupt pictures of Aunt Sue. Finally, kids learned the history of
"Morris Dancing," as well as the songs and steps of two dances with Maria Hosmer-Briggs and others from the
Bassett Street Hounds. Financial
and other support for the program came from the Provost's Office, Alumni
Association/Small Stores, Moon Library, The Office of the Vice President
for Administration and The Office of Communication.
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2008: Introductions were
facilitated by Janine DeBaise.
a botany lab to propagate moss (Shana Gross and Brittany Cronk), Outreach to discuss "food
miles" (Nicole Werner), a chemistry lab to "extract from the environment"
(Kelley Donaghy/Julie McGaulley), a soils lab to
get "the dirt on dirt" (Ruth Yanai), the quad/greenhouses to determine "Ladybugs:
friend or foe?" (Melissa Fierke and Terry Ettinger) and
a "self-defense/cardio-kickboxing seminar" (Marcia
Barber). Financial and other support
for the program came from the Provost's Office, Alumni Association/Small
Stores, Moon Library, The Office of the Vice President for
Administration, The Office of Communication, and Computing and Network Services. Supplies for activities
were courtesy of the Departments of Chemistry, Environmental and
Forest Biology, and Forest and Natural Resources Management.
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2007-Revolutionizing the Workplace: Janine DeBaise introduced the program, and facilitated
introductions. This year's sessions included Clean and Green: Household
Chemistry (Becky Jarrell),
Yoga (Mary Hagemann),
Buds and Bugs (an ecotourism hike with Diane Kuehn), Landscape
Architecture (Robin Hoffman), and We all need trees (can you identify
which everyday items use wood ingredients? Many more than most
would expect--Heather Engelman). Who am I?
guests represented a wood decay specialist (Sue Anagnost), a hydrologist
(Laura Lautz) and a environmental writing instructor (Maria
Financial and other support for the program came from the Provost's
Office, Alumni Association/Small Stores, Moon
Library, The Office of Communications, and Wegmans. Supplies for activities
were courtesy of the Faculties of Chemistry and Landscape Architecture.
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2006-Shaping the Future: Janine DeBaise introduced the program, and facilitated
introductions, asking each participant to tell a little bit about what
they like to do, and what they might like to be when they grow up.
Smaller groups then headed off to lessons in Microbiology (Annette Kretzer),
engineering (The world in maps and images-Lindi Quackenbush),
Information literacy (Internet scavenger hunt-Jo Anne Ellis), and Chemistry (Molecules
in motion-a chemical expedition-Julie McGaulley). Who am I?
guests represented analytical (Deb Driscoll) and environmental chemistry
(Sarah Fitzpatrick). And because we hope our kids have a healthy
work-life balance, they concluded the program with a
cardio-kickboxing/self defense seminar (Marcia Barber, with trusty
assistants Heather Engelman, Andrea Baird, and Tim Blehar).
Financial and other support for the program came from Admissions, Alumni
Association, Computing and Network Services, the Provost's Office, Moon
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2005-Sharing Power & Responsibility: Raydora Drummer opened the program with "A cold wind blows",
a diversity appreciation and get-to-know one another activity. The
kids then divided into smaller groups to investigate chemistry (Amusing
and States of Matter--Marlene Braun), environmental
law and policy (Pollution Solutions--Sharon Moran and Thane Joyal), and Landscape Architecture
(Playground design--Scott Shannon). Special Who am I? guests Lee MacBeth and Heather LeFever
were quizzed in 20-question style about what they do in the community.
Now that their identities have been revealed by the inquisitive
participants, we can share that Lee
is the Watershed Coordinator for Skaneateles Lake, and Heather is a
volunteer firefighter--she also a biology teacher at Henninger High
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2004- Today's Vision, Tomorrow's
Realiy: Acclimatizing Venus Fly Traps (Linda Polin), Papermaking (Senior
PSE students), Community Design (Ellen Soffa and Scott Shannon), Who am
I? (Sue Senecah, Chris Langlois, Janet Marsden), Fun with Chemistry
2003-A New Generation at Work: Microfungus among us (June Wang and Cathy Catranis), The
Wonderful World of Chemistry (Venera Jouraeva), Who am I? (Tory Gray,
Jim Williamson, Karin Limburg, Lisa Engelman), Going the Distance
(Heather Engelman), Down and Dirty (Ruth Yanai)
2002-10th Anniversary-Change the Way the
The Wonderful World of Chemistry (Venera Jouraeva), Designing
Playgrounds (Amanda O'Connor), Who am I? (Diane Kuehn, Heather Engelman,
Becky Corbin), Chemistry in the Classroom (Andrea Baird), Predators and
Prey (Valerie Luzadis)
2001-The Girl Force of Today is the Work
Force of Tomorrow: Greenhouse (Daniella Shebitz), Smart Spending (Bonnie
Charity), self-defense (Marcia Barber), self-esteem exercises (Carmen McCoy Harrison),
Diversity Bingo (Carmen McCoy Harrison)
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2000-Free to me
you and me; 1999-The Future is Me; 1998-Imagine a Day; 1997-Five years
of Work towards a life time of confidence; 1996-Vote for me; 1995-A Girl
is Watching; 1994-Take our Daughters to Work.
or other opportunities for all kids
Jr. Cafe Scientifique is held
most 3rd Saturdays September through June, 9:30-11 at the MOST, Armory
Square, Syracuse. Topics include "All About Submarines: High Technology Under the Seas!" and
"Artificial Intelligence: Can computers really think?"
Participants can explore the museum at no cost at the program
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Family
Fun Evening, Wed, May 1, 2013, 5:30-7:30, Ed Smith Elem. The program is intended for Ed Smith Families, but they are
ESF families as well. Registration information will follow.
ESF Pancake Breakfast (Also syrup making
tours, woodsman team demos, and kite making), April 27, 2013, 8-11, Heiberg
Memorial Forest. Watch campusnews and college bulletin boards for
advance sale ticket locations, $3 for 12 and up, $1 for ages 6-12, 5 and under
are free); they also plan to sell tickets at the door.
Odean, Kathleen. 1997. Great Books for Girls: More than 600
books to inspire today's girls and tomorrow's women. Ballantine trade
paperback. See description at
Science for Girls.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, Great
Science for Girls has seven programs operated by intermediary organizations
to provide informal opportunities for elementary to high school grade girls
to explore science. Some of the programs focus specifically on astronomy,
women scientists, engineering, and scientific inquiry. Visitors can find
basic information about the target audience of the program, the setting, how
long each session takes, and the cost to the organization for materials is
provided in the introduction to each program. The website provides
"Evaluation and Results" and "Materials and Activities" information for each
of the seven curricula, under the "Curriculum" tab. The "Resources and
Research" tab has resources for practitioners, staff, organizations, role
models, and, of course, girls. There is also a section on "Research" that
provides access to documents like the "Status and Participation of Women in
STEM", "Effective Practices in STEM", and "Afterschool Program
Effectiveness". For any educator looking to encourage young women to
discover STEM disciplines, this site is well worth a visit.
(Girl Scout program),
(Women's College Coalition),
("empower girls to explore the world of science...by creating
innovative, science programs and publications.... );
http://www.nnetw.org/ (trades and technology resources); and
(promotes gender equity without stereotyping in children's programming).
Odean, Kathleen. 1998. Great Books for Sons: More than 600
books for boys 2 to 14. Ballantine trade paperback. See description at
Readings about girls and boys in American education:
Gender Gaps: Where schools still fail our children, American
Association for University Women, 1998.
Ong, Walter, 1981. Fighting for Life. Cornell Univerisity Press.
Orenstien, Peggy. 1994. Schoolgirls: young women, self-esteem, and the
confidence gap. Doubleday.
Sadker, Myra and Sadker, David. 1993. Failing at Fairness: How our schools
cheat girls. Touchstone.
Shortchanging Girls, Shortchanging America: A Call to Action,
American Association for University Women, 1991.
If your own career decisions were affected by previous participation
in a Take our Daughters or Daughters and Sons to Work Day program, the Ms.
Foundation would like to hear from you. Please use the link below to
reach their survey.
One last thing: The
ESF Kids Day Logo was created by
Rinnan Whitford, ESF Class of
2013, for the 20th Anniversary Program in 2012. She met our challenge
of incorporating the name of the program, name of the college, as many
majors as possible, in a timeless design that is--very important to a low
budget program--printable in b/w.
Thank you very much for this tremendous gift.
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