Bill Bishop, director of mechanical and technical support services, and his daughter Jenna, 10, were part of the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day activities Thursday, April 28, at University Park. The two were on their way to visit a career activity site.
Lisa Horgas, Brooke Morningstar and her dad Kevin Morningstar, an employee in the Office of Physical Plant, got an idea what stock trading is all about at the Smeal College Trading Room.
The currency of the day for this stock-trading session was Hershey's Kisses. This year, more than 40 career sites participated on the University Park campus to give girls and boys in grades six through 12 a chance to explore career options.
J. D. Miller, a research assistant in the mechanical and nuclear engineering program, and his daughter Rebecca, 14, examine bones in a paleoanthropology lab.
Background, Elaine Kunze, director of research projects in Life Sciences, talks about one of two microscopes in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Center for Quantitative Cell Analysis. The participants look through the digital epi-fluorescence microscope to view the use of fluorescence detection on cells.
Joey Martain, biological technician at Penn State's Mushroom Test Demonstration Facilty, shows participants a bag of mushroom spawn that will be used to grow mushrooms.
At the Mushroom Test Demonstration Facility, participants were permitted to pick and eat the product.
The participants in the Take Our Daughters and Sons program learned that the mushrooms grow in a bed of compost. The compost is recycled and sold for residential use; currently there is a six- month waiting list to purchase the compost. The mushrooms also are available for sale.
Dave Vidmar, 15, of State College, is ready to launch his paper airplane, one of the activities the Air Force ROTC had for the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day participants. The young people learned that careers in the Air Force included pilots, navigators, nurses, weather officers and engineers.
Valerie Moss, Ready to Learn coordinator at WPSX, shows what goes on behind the scenes at "Scholastic Scrimmage." Participants in the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day activities had a chance to try out jobs both in front of and behind the cameras.
Sheena Way, 17, of Penns Valley, gets a little coaching on how to operate a camera from Ryan Colwell, production assistant at WPSX.
Harry Bell, a volunteer at the Penn State Sports Museum, leads some of the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day participants on a tour of Beaver Stadium.
Sheryl Shaffer, staff assistant in research and development, tells Lea Shaffer, 11, and Marie Matthews, 10, about the athletes at the Penn State Sports Museum.
Verne Neff, who works in University Libraries, paints a pencil box with his daughter Alexandra, 13, during an arts-and-crafts session held at the HUB-Robeson Center.
Staff Assistant Evelyn Mayhew brought both her sons, Nick, 13, and Darren, 12, to the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day activities.
The tables filled quickly for the arts-and-crafts session. In addition to the craft, participants learned about the noncredit adult art classes and summer programs that the Center for Arts and Crafts offers to the community.
Guest speaker Deborah Meder chats with Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day participants during a luncheon held at The Bryce Jordan Center. The luncheon had a 1950s theme.
Meder, who talked about "'55 to '05: Speeding Through the Decades," kept true to the '50s theme with her leather jacket and cool shades. Meder is assistant controller at the University.