GTRI Participates in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Published: May 7, 2012

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Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) employees joined others around the country in taking their children to work on Thursday, April 26, 2012.

GTRI Director and Georgia Tech Vice President Bob McGrath kicked off the organization’s inaugural Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day with a brief introduction to the more than 40 kids, ranging in ages from preschool to high school.

After a brief introduction and some information from Georgia Tech admissions, parents and children were off to tour several projects around GTRI, such as the Food Processing Technology Building, the STING autonomous car and other robots and vehicles, as well as GTRI’s Direct to Discovery project area and the Communication Department’s video production studio. 

“I liked that the kids were able to see the importance of really focusing hard on math and science courses starting at a very young age and on into college in order to become successful scientists and engineers,” said GTRI employee Tia Richardson. “My children enjoyed the underwater robotics, but they kept talking about the iPad/smart phone space simulations, and the audio/visual presentation in the studio.”

Organized by the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation as a national event, 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. GTRI’s participation served to be more than a career day, but also helped show the importance of education in choosing career paths.

“Dr. McGrath set the tone for the morning by offering an overview of GTRI,” said GTRI Human Resources Consultant Shatanese Reese. “It was great to see how excited the children were and to hear the positive feedback from the parents throughout the event. For next year, I would like to see the event in a larger venue with even more participation.”

Reese spearheaded and helped plan the event. GTRI’s Support Services Division provided transportation to and from the Cobb County Research Facility (CCRF) and to the various sites around the Atlanta campus. GTRI Communications, the Food Processing Technology Division, Human Resources, and several researchers contributed to making the day a success.

To see more pictures from the event, check out GTRI's Facebook photo album.