NSSDC Sponsors TODTWD Activities

Volume 14, Number 2, June 1998
by Miranda Beall

On Take Our Daughters to Work Day (TODTWD), April 23, 1998, NSSDC sponsored for the daughters of NSSDC personnel a number of afternoon activities coordinated by Dr. Kirk Borne. Twelve girls, ranging in age from six to 14, participated in a scavenger hunt for information from the many framed posters that line the walls of the first floor of Building 26, which houses the NSSDC. Each girl and her sponsor or parent sought the answers to 16 questions, such as "What does SSDOO stand for?", "Name two spacecraft that are studying stars, galaxies, or the early universe," and "What does IMP stand for (as in IMP 8)? When did it start? Is it still going?" The girls showed great enthusiasm for this exercise.

After scouring the posters for answers, the girls reconvened in Room 212 on the second floor to eat ice cream and to listen to and ask questions of a panel of Space Science Data Operations Office (SSDOO)/NSSDC women scientists. The panel consisted of Ramona Kessel (space physicist studying Sun-Earth plasma interactions), Carolyn Ng (Earth scientist and specialist in education and public outreach), and Nancy Laubenthal (associate chief of the SSDOO and computer scientist). These women represented female role models whose experiences in the technical work environment could show the girls the breadth and depth of careers available to them in modern technical and scientific areas. Some of the parents and sponsors also recounted their career experiences in these fields.

At the end each girl was given a bag containing the Imagine the Universe CD-ROM, the new International Solar-Terrestrial Physics (ISTP) poster, the Earth Observing System (EOS) sticker and lapel pin, the Transition Region and Coronal Explorer (TRACE) mission description brochure, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) sticker, and several other NASA mission stickers.

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