Parents and children enjoy the day of bringing your child to work at Dahlgren > Naval Sea Systems Command > Recorded News Module

On a hot and humid day at the Naval Support Facility in Dahlgren, employees brought their children to work for the first “Bring Your Kid to Work Day” since before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

There were indoor and outdoor events throughout the day as the children participated in activities that correlated with their parents’ occupations.

Leigh Parrish, a cost analyst engineer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Dahlgren Division Integrated Combat Systems Department (NSWCDD), equated activities during the Crazy Cost Carnival to his job description.

The first test Parrish described to children was a game called “Crocodile Crunch”.

Children had to balance a Popsicle stick in their front teeth with six dice on it.

“In cost analysis, we have to do a lot of cost and schedule balancing to make sure things work and we don’t go over budget,” Parrish explained.

The carnival was part of a long day of activities for the children of base employees.

Parents said the information shared with young people was beneficial, even though some of them are too young to fully grasp it.

Beverly Cusworth said she was happy her 6-year-old daughter, Cecilia, had fun.

“I really liked the way [Parrish] explained at the start and how they tied games to work,” Cusworth said. “It was very clever… [Cecilia is] identify fun with mom’s work and she was able to come to my office. It was really good.”

Some kids started their day with the 3-2-1 Blast Off! activity at the Dahlgren Parade Ground with a team from the Department of Integrated Engagement Systems, where they launched water bottle rockets.

The activity began with the youth learning about various design considerations, an explanation of each component, and the physics behind how the rockets work. They then launched the rockets, noting the effects of different design parameters. At the end of the session, they received a 3D-printed NSWCDD model rocket.

Parent Krystle Galyen said her daughter Teagan, 7, was thrilled to shoot the bottle rocket and join in other festivities.

Teagan said she learned from the bottle rocket exercise that “the higher it goes, the less it goes”.

“I feel like it went well,” said Patrick Boyd, head of the Aeroscience Modeling and Engagement Branch in the Integrated Engagement Systems Department. “Despite some issues with the launchers, I think the kids learned key aspects of aerospace engineering, which is what our branch does. We work on modeling and simulations of rockets and other guided munitions for the Navy and the Corps. of the Marines.

Weapons Control and Integration Department Mechanical engineer Tim Peng has had several children arrested in his department for STEM activities. Peng wanted to expose young people to 3D printing. Children designed and built their own rubber band-powered airplanes which they tested outdoors by throwing them through hoops.

They also operated two simulators – a flight simulator and one developed specifically for drones.

“We use the 3D printer to make components for the drones we fly,” Peng said.

This was all familiar to NSWCDD employee Lee Shipley, who tests the real-life version of these drones at the Weapons Control and Integration Department.

Shipley brought his two children, Tyler, 13, and Eliana, 9, with him to participate in the activities. Tyler decided early on that he wanted to become an electrical engineer.

“Eliana is great at math, but she pretends she wants to be a dance teacher,” Shipley said. “We’ll see. Maybe things will change after today.

The kids also participated in a Gunship Robot Hunt in which participants assumed the role of an AC-130 Gunship System combat operator and used simulated firearms systems to shoot robots in a play environment. video/workout.

Willem Craun, senior fire control system scientist and analyst, noted that the hunt allows children to track down and eliminate simulated robots.

Amanda Clark, head of the autonomous weapons and robotic systems branch, said her 11-year-old son, Liam, is an avid gamer. She hopes experiences like this show her that her passion can turn into a productive career.

“It shows them that they can do good things,” Clark said. “It leads them to program and understand how computers work and how they make video games. It’s good that they are exposed to the different things they can do.

In addition to over 100 activity sessions throughout the Take Your Child to Work Day, Cannonball Lanes offered $2 bowling and $1 shoe rentals, the Community Recreation Center served cones free snow and Gray’s Landing offered kid-friendly dishes for lunch.

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