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Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day a success

MAKING SLIME: Children learned how to make slime and took part in other activities for Take Our Daughers and Sons to Work Day last week. (Photo by Ken Jones.)

As the academic year winds down, exams are nearly done and many students are heading off for the summer. But last week the three campuses were filled with eager young learners who wanted to find out how the University of Toronto works during Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

At the U of T Scarborough campus, 28 children between the ages of 8 to 12 took part in a variety of activities and hands-on demonstrations. They started off with some job shadowing, met with Principal Franco Vaccarino, saw the effects of liquid nitrogen, learned how to make ice cream in a science lab, and created their own computer animation. They also heard about how chemistry can be fun and how archaeology works -- with a challenge of identifying various historical artifacts, including everything from arrowheads to deer toe bones. Other activities included learning about DNA, and hearing about life in residence. To view a directory of photos of the day, click on the following link:

http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/%7Ephoto/Kids-Work/index.htm

The youngsters also toured some great campus spaces such as the Doris McCarthy Gallery and the Athletics Centre, where they broke a sweat playing various games and sports. They and their parents or guardians enjoyed a hearty lunch of spaghetti, meatballs and chicken fingers at Bluff’s Restaurant. At the end, the children took home a recyclable bag full of items donated from the bookstore and various departments on campus.

"The kids had a great time, thanks to my fellow committee members, our volunteers and the staff and faculty session leaders,” said Maria Athwal of Human Resources, one of the organizers of the day. “The feedback has been extremely positive and supportive. It was an extremely full day. I was just as excited as the students, and I can't wait for next year."

"Last year's faculty and staff Speaking UP survey revealed that people are proud to work at U of T, and that balancing our work with our family and personal commitments can be a challenge for all of us," said Angela Hildyard, U of T's vice-president, human resources & equity. "Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day provides a wonderful opportunity to share with our children our career life, and also exposes them to the many exciting work environments at the university."

At the St. George campus, the day featured guest speaker Jeffrey Rosenthal, Professor of statistics at the University of Toronto and author of Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities -- a bestseller in Canada being published in fifteen countries.

Children on the St. George campus had the option of trying out their cooking skills with the Chef of the Faculty Club, learning about creepy crawlies with the Faculty of Forestry or taking a turn at the microphone during a visit to radio station CIUT 89.5.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is sponsored by the Office of the Vice-President Human Resources and Equity, Office of the Vice-President & Provost, the Quality of Work Life Advisor, Organizational Development & Learning Centre, Family Care Office, Camp U of T, University of Toronto Campus Community Police, and the Faculty Club.

For more information about Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day visit: www.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/news/tdswd08




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