On the About Paul McEntee page of this blog, I told the story about hosting Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, which was four years ago. My son Ryan then described my job as, “Goes and gets coffee and sits at his desk.” I don’t know what my daughter Kira would have said about my job, as she was too young to attend back then, but ever since I took her brothers she has been asking, “Daddy, when do the kids get to go to your work again?” So, of course, we just had to have this event again this year on April 30.
While everyone was arriving, we took a little time to have family portraits taken:
After that it was off to our training center where our CEO Karen Colonias introduced herself to the children and talked to them about careers. Our President Terry Kingsfather told them about what we did at Simpson Strong-Tie and followed that up with a great hands-on demonstration to show how weak connections using only nails could be:
Then it was off to the R&D Test Lab to crush stuff. Kids love crushing stuff.
In planning what to test with the lab technicians, we of course had to smash a bowling ball, which I previously blogged about here. The lab techs wanted to raise the bar, and thought it would be cool to smash a globe. It’s cardboard, so I was skeptical about having an exciting failure. Little did I know they would line the inside with carbon fiber and fill it with high-strength grout!
After the demonstration tests, we let the kids get to work on their project – reinforcing sawhorses to make them as strong as possible. Or, if they wanted, decorating them. It was fun to see what each child would focus on. Some were intent on adding connectors to make it stronger, others were all about the glitter glue and coloring.
We had a picnic lunch at a nearby park, which allowed the kids some time to run around and gave the team leaders some time to relax. At the end of the day, we returned to the test lab to load test all of their creations and awarded prizes for categories such as strongest, most efficient, and most creative.
All in all, it was a fun (and exhausting) day! Did your company host a Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day? Tell us about it in the comments!
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