By Shane Klestinski, Associate Editor


Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) personnel, along with Team Orlando military partners, enjoyed a special day with their children at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Orlando during its annual “Bring Your Kids to Work Day” (BYKTWD), April 25.


Approximately 800 people participated in NAWCTSD’s special day, which made it the largest BYKTWD ever hosted at the installation. This special day gives kids the opportunity, not only see what their parents do for a living, but also gain familiarity with a wide variety of STEM careers and products.


Kids got to see a decommissioned F/A-18 Hornet up close, witness the capabilities of the Visual Systems Integration “Dome Room” Laboratory, and test the “SeaPerch” remotely operated underwater vehicle, among other activities.


“We had all the old favorite events return – bounce house, flight simulators, face paint, STEM activities, immersive Dome Room flights, [and] hamburger grill,” said Navy Capt. Tim James, NAWCTSD and NSA Orlando commander. “This year we added some new instant hits as well, like the petting zoo [and] tank and helo simulators. BYKTWD isn’t just about making our families feel good, but it certainly does that. We also have a duty and drive to increase STEM awareness as well as actively participate in areas like “Every Sailor a Recruiter” to bring in the next generation of leaders we need to support the Navy’s mission.”


Organizations that observe BYKTWD recognize it on the fourth Thursday in April. The Ms. Foundation for Women originally started it as “Take Our Daughters to Work Day” in 1992, and participating companies first held these events in 1993. In 2003, the program officially expanded to include boys, although most workplaces that celebrated it had already included boys since the beginning and had locally renamed the event to reflect that.


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